Dan W. Webb

Dan W. Webb: Attorney with Webb Sanders & Williams PLLC


Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi. Listed in: Who's Who in Mississippi Law; Outstanding Lawyers of America, Martindale Hubbell rating AV Preeminent. Recipient: Outstanding Phi Delta Phi First Year Student Award; Outstanding Supporter, The Risk Management & Insurance Program, University of Mississippi (2008); Designated Mid-South Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage (2007-2011); University of Mississippi Insurance Advisory Board, Distinguished Service Award (2005). Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal (1976). Co-Editor, MDLA Quarterly (1999). Law Clerk to Hon. William C. Keady, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (1977-1979). Seminar Speaker: "SIU: More than a Background Check or Surveillance," Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Tupelo, Mississippi (2012); "Insurance Fraud Initiatives," Council on Litigation Management, Tupelo, Mississippi (2011); "Insurance Law Update," The Republic Group, Dallas, Texas (2011), "Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith - Best Claims and Litigation Strategies," Council on Litigation Management, Birmingham, Alabama (2010); "If Chinese Drywall Covers the Walls, Are Those Walls Covered?," Joint Seminar of the Mississippi Claims Association and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Flowood, Mississippi (2009); "Fundamentals of Litigation Management and Related Topics," GEICO, Macon, Georgia (2009); "Fundamentals of Litigation Management," Council on Litigation Management, Columbus, Ohio (2009); "Tort Reform," Mississippi State University Insurance Day (2002); "Gramm-Leach-Bliley Privacy Act: An Overview of Compliance Obligations and Questions Left Unanswered Under the Act," "Loss Control Issues: How to Recognize Potential Problems From Both an Agency and Claims Standpoint," "Bad Faith: It is Best to Avoid It, Here's How," Continuing Education Seminar for the Professional Insurance Agents of Mississippi/Mississippi Claims Annual Convention, Orange Beach, Alabama (2001); "Update on Ethics Opinions in Mississippi," Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Southern Regional Meeting (2000); "Recent Developments in Mississippi Insurance Law," Ole Miss Insurance Symposium, Oxford, Mississippi (2000); "Update on Insurance Law Developments," University of Mississippi Insurance Symposium (2000); "Constitutional Issues Raised by the Mississippi Tort Claims Act," Mississippi Governmental Tort Immunity Seminar (1998); Counsel in Bad Faith/Arson/Insurance Fraud Mock Trial for the Mississippi Fire Investigators Association Fire and Arson School (1997). Presentations: "Venue, Joinder, Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens and Other Issues," Eighth Annual Trial Practice Seminar, Prentiss County Mississippi Bar Association (2007); "Opening Statements," Trial Practice Academy, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Oxford, Mississippi (2007); "Coverage Issues/Claim Handling," PIA/MCA Convention Continuing Education (2005); "Legal Implications of Current Version of National Fire Protection Association § 921," State Farm Insurance Companies Special Investigative Unit Workshop, Birmingham, Alabama (1996); "Defense of Fire, Fraud and Bad Faith," Mississippi State University College of Business and Industry (1994); Defense Counsel in Bad Faith/Arson/Insurance Fraud Mock Trial for State Farm Fire and Casualty Company's Advanced Claim School (1993); "Insurance Defense Issues and Recent Developments," Mississippi Claims Association State Convention (1992); "Insurance Defense Issues in Mississippi," Safeco Insurance Company, Nashville, Tennessee (1987); "First Party Bad Faith Defense," Southern Farm Bureau Insurance Companies (1985); "Arson and Fraud Defense in Mississippi," State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (1984). Publications: Fighting Back: How Detection and Prevention Can Avoid the High Cost of Insurance Fraud, CLM Magazine (2011), Monograph: "Venue, Joinder, Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens and Other Issues Related to Where the Chickens Can Insist the Other Chickens Come to Roost," Perspective From the Bench and the Bar, Prentiss County Bar Association (2007); "United States Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Award in Insurance Bad Faith Case Excessive and Violative of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution," The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Co-Author, 2003); "Y2K-Klear? Konfusing?" The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Co-Author, 1999); "Ethical Prohibition on Third Party Audits and Other Related Issues," The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Co-Author, 1999); "Constitutional Issues Raised by the Mississippi Tort Claims Act," (Co-Author, 1998); "The Legal Burden of Proof Implications of NFPA 921 Should be Removed," National Fire and Arson Report, Vol. 14, No. 3 (September 1996); "Unanimous Verdict for Insurer in Civil Arson Case in 'Clear and Convincing' Jurisdiction," National Fire and Arson Report, Vol. 13, No. 3, Page 18 (September 1995); Monograph: "Constitutional Arguments Against the Assessment of Punitive Damages," The Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Quarterly (December 1989); Mediator, American Bar Association Mediation Competition (2005).

(Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy) (Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • General Insurance Defense
  • Corporate Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Fraud and Arson Defense
  • Automobile Liability
  • Uninsured Motorist Defense
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage Law and Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
662-844-2137  Phone
662-842-3863  Fax
University Attended:
University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1971; University of Southern California, M.S. Ed., 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., Valedictorian, with distinction, 1976
Year of First admission:
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1977, Mississippi and U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
The Mississippi Bar (Mississippi State Bar Delegate, Judicial Conference of Fifth Circuit, 1984-1986); Lee County and American (Member: Litigation and Torts Section; Insurance Practice Section; Advisory Board, 2008-2009) Bar Associations; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (President, 2000; President-Elect 1999; Board of Directors, 1994-1998; Secretary/Treasurer and Editor of MDLA Quarterly Newsletter, 1998; Chairman, Northeast Mississippi Regional Committee, 1989, 1991, 1992; Ethics Committee Vice Chairman, 1990); Defense Research Institute; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Mississippi Claims Association (Member, 2001; Legal/Legislative Committee Chair, 2001); Atlanta Claims Association; National Fire Protection Association; International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.; Mississippi Fire Investigators Association; University of Mississippi Insurance Symposium (Chairman, 2005); University of Mississippi Insurance Advisory Board (Member, 2000-2011); Chairman-Elect, 2003; Chairman, 2004-2005); Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) (Member, 2009-2011); Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Insurance Fraud Committee (Founding Co-Chair, 2010-2011); Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Bad Faith Committee (Co-Chair, Region 5 Mississippi and Louisiana, 2010-2011).
U.S. Air Force, active duty, 1971-1974
Birth Information:
Baldwyn, Mississippi, June 7, 1949
Reported Cases:
Automobile Ins. Co. of Hartford v. Lipscomb, 75 So.3d 557 (Miss., 2011) (Coverage; no obligation to defend or indemnify under homeowners policy where loss arises out of business pursuits); Employers Mut. Cas. Co. v. Normmurray Springs Bottled Water Co., Inc., 2011 WL 902032, 2010 WL 3001226, 2010 WL 1238429 (N.D.Miss.) (Uninsured motorist death case reformation denied; summary judgment for insurer); Vibrock v. Peerless Conveyor & Mfg. Corp., 2009 WL 799109 (N.D.Miss.) (Products liability case dismissal on statute of limitations grounds); O'Keefe v. State Farm Fire and Casualty, 2009 WL 95039 (S.D.Miss.) (Claims against Federal district court had original and exclusive jurisdiction over insureds' claim claims against the homeowners' insurer related to its administration of a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the adjustment of the insureds' Standard Flood Insurance Program (SFIP) policy including fraud and breach of contract claims related to the development and implementation of expedited handling procedures for flood insurance policy); State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Stallworth, 2008 WL 821835 (S.D.Miss.) (Coverage; holding that policies in suit were not ambiguous and the intentional acts exclusions in all three policies precluded coverage and that the "violation of a penal statute" under the facts of this case precluded coverage under a church policy for alleged sexual misconduct of a minister); Blue Meadows Apartments, LLC v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2008 WL 4680576 (S.D.Miss.) (Order obtained requiring mortgage lender to voluntarily participate in litigation or to be joined in same); McIntosh v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2008 WL 1850094 (S.D.Miss.) (Dismissal of fraud claims in bad faith litigation); McIntosh v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2008 WL 941640 (S.D.Miss.) (Disqualification of counsel because of ethical violations ordered); American National Property and Casualty Co. v. Hicks, 2008 WL 919689 (N.D.Miss.) (Fire case - no amounts available to insureds for damaged house over and above amounts paid to lien holder); Buchanan v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2007 WL 1031648 (S.D.Miss.) (Flood insurance - removal sustained based on Federal question jurisdiction in a case where the insurance claims handling and homeowners claim handling were comingled in complaint); Williams v. Thompson, 962 So.2d 715 (Miss.App., 2007) (Suit against insurer, underwriter and agent dismissed holding that company had properly handled payments to former wife to whom complete title of the property had been granted as part of the divorce proceeding); Gagne v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2006 WL 3335506 (S.D.Miss.) (Dismissal of claims based on alleged violation of constitutional rights under U.S.C. §1983 and dismissal of claims asserted against corporate officers and board members in bad faith litigation); Hill v. General Insurance Company of America, 456 F.Supp.2d 757 (N.D.Miss., 2006) (Summary judgment granted holding that homeowners insurer was not entitled to contribution from property insurer for any amount that homeowners insurer paid to homeowner due to home's destruction by fire); Pryor v. Safeway Insurance Co., 341 B.R. 571 (Bkrtcy.N.D.Miss., 2006) (Bankruptcy; Insurance; Bad Faith; Order obtained determining that insurer had standing to reopen a bankruptcy case to request clarification of the court's order and view of conduct of the debtor and, based on the evidence, judicial estoppels precluded the debtor, whose nondisclosures were not inadvertent from continuing her cause of action for contract and bad faith damages against the insurer); Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Monsanto Company, 208 So.2d 121 (Miss., 2005) (Case sustained argument that trial court lacked authority to subpoena documents located outside the state of Mississippi from a nonresident, nonparty corporation by service on that nonparties' appointed agent for service of process); Berry v. Hardwick, 152 Fed.Appx. 371, 2005 WL 2652062 (C.A.5 (Miss.), 2005) (an unpublished opinion) (Obtained ruling in the Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit that dismissal of agent and SIU investigator was proper); Haggans v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 803 So.2d 1249 (Miss.App., 2002) (Affirmed order holding that agent did not breach duties to procure insurance and, as result, the insurer had no liability to the insured based on vicarious liability); Jefferson v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2001 WL 741642 (N.D.Miss.) (Fraudulent joinder/improper joinder - removal of bad faith litigation in which decision makers and investigator in arson case where joins the defendants; individual defendants dismissed); Rhoden v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 32 F.Supp.2d 907 (S.D. Miss. 1998) (Coverage), aff'd 200 F. 3rd 815 (5th Cir. 1999); Eaton v. A.F.L.A.C., 1998 WL 911759 (N.D. Miss. 1998) (removal, fraudulent joinder); Snapp v. Harrison, 699 So.2d 567 (Miss., 1997) (Jury verdict in favor of defendant painter upheld where the evidence support jury instruction requiring the plaintiffs to prove cause of ignition of the fire and giving instructions that the plaintiffs were negligent per se in keeping with their storage bay in disarray); Monticello Insurance Company v. Joyce Mooney, 733 So.2d 802 (Miss., 1996) (Fire and Fraud); Madison v. Vintage Petroleum, Inc., 872 F.Supp. 340 (S.D.Miss., 1994) (Substitution of parties holding that tenant's guardian could not be substituted and that tenant's sole heir could be substituted until the estate was open and an heir was appointed administrator for that purpose); Gray v. Allstate Ins. Co., 619 So.2d 919 (Miss. 1993) (Uninsured motorist law); McElhanney v. McElhanney, 591 So.2d 840 (Miss. 1991) (premises liability); Commercial Union Ins. Co. v. Dairyland Ins. Co., 584 So.2d 405 (Miss. 1991) (Subrogation/coverage); In Re: Knapp, 536 So.2d 1330 (Miss. 1988) (constitutional due process); Walters v. Walters, 469 So.2d 1260 (Miss. 1985) (Summary judgment; premises liability); Briggs v. Benjamin, 467 So.2d 932 (Miss. 1985) (Right to Insurance Proceeds); DeVille Furniture Co. v. Jesco, Inc., 423 So.2d 1337 (Miss. 1982) (Statute of Repose); Johnston v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 727 F.2d 548 (5th Cir. 1984 (Miss.) (Uninsured motorist coverage); Dunagin v. City of Oxford, Miss., 718 F.2d 738, 10 Media L. Rep. 1001 (5th Cir. (Miss.) 1983) (Commercial speech); Tucker v. Aqua Yacht Harbor Corp., 749 F.Supp. 142, 1990-2 Trade Cases P 69, 277, 13 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 382 (N.D.Miss., 1990) (Warranty/products liability); Wilcher v. Michigan Mut. Ins. Co., 691 F.Supp. 1019 (S.D.Miss., 1988) (Definition of underinsured vehicle); Crawford v. Glenns, Inc. 637 F.Supp. 107 (N.D.Miss., 1986); Grumman Credit Corp. v. Rippee, 487 F.Supp. 329, 29 UCC Rep.Serv. 684 (N.D.Miss., 1980) (Collection; Secured Transaction); Jackson v. Riddell, 476 F.Supp. 849 (N.D. Miss. 1979) (Federal Procedure; Elections).
( Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy )
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