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)