July 22, 2014 Attorney Trey Smith just completed his term as the Chairman of the Mississippi Bar Section Chairman, for the Section on Natural Resources Energy Environmental Law("SONREEL"). We are very proud of Trey's commitment to the continued improvement of the profession.
April 15, 2014 Congratulations to Allen McDaniel, former associate and Lt.Col. in the Mississippi National Guard, in pursing his new opportunity with the Mississippi National Guard Association. Our loss is a gain for those members of a great organization.
February 10, 2014 James D. Holland was elected to serve on the Board of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Membership in ADTA is limited to only one lawyer per one million persons in a community. Founded in 1941, the Association promotes education and improved trial skills.
February 10, 2014 James D. Holland has been elected to membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)
February 10, 2014 James Holland was recently selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction and who are dedicated to promoting the knowledge, fellowship and professionalism of the federation as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those needing defense in civil lawsuits. The FDCC's board of directors elects members upon recommendation of independent admissions committee after rigorous vetting of approximately 1,400 lawyers worldwide.
February 7, 2014 Attorney Allen C. McDaniel, who also serves as a Lt. Colonel in the National Guard, has recently been assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters, in Jackson Mississippi.
August 25, 2014 In the case of Strait v. McPail, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and affirmed the Hinds County Trial Court, in this case stemming from the claim that a cancer and dread-disease policy was not changed just prior to the death of the holder, to include the plaintiffs as beneficiaries. After the holders's death, the estate was probated and the plaintiffs who were named beneficiaries in the will, did not contest the policy benefits. Later that year, the plaintiffs brought a claim for the policy benefits. Michael Wolf of Page Kruger and Holland, represented the broker/agent. Strait v. McPhail [2012-CT-00075-SCT (Aug. 21, 2014)]
July 22, 2014 Attorney Trey Smith, has recently and successfully argued the transfer of venue in a medical case, moving the matter from Hinds to Lincoln County. While this is just one part of the larger case, it was an important decision for our client. The zealous advocacy of client interests directs our efforts.
February 13, 2014 Michael Wolf was privileged to represent Warren County and several individual deputies, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a decision granting summary judgment to these clients. The County and Deputies were sued on allegations of excessive force while using a Taser to apprehend a fleeing suspect. The Suspect, who was convicted in the criminal courts for resisting arrest, argued that the amount of force used was disproportionate to the need. However, Warren County deputies demonstrated that they clearly regarded the rights of the individual using only the force necessary to make the arrest. Ernest Montgomery v. Warren County, et a 13-60583
January 11, 2014 Michael J. Wolf recently obtained a successful decision from the Mississippi Court of Appeals, wherein a Circuit Court Clerk was determined to have immunity from actions arising during the approval of an appeal bond. State of Mississippi v. Newton County [2011-CT-01500-SCT]
June 4, 2013 A Circuit Court Clerk was determined to have immunity while approving a supersedeas bond, which was later defaulted upon and the makers lacked sufficient resources to pay the bond amount. Attorney Michael Wolf represented the Clerk. Newton County v. Dukes [NO. 2011-CA-01500-COA] MORE
March 20, 2013 Replogle v. Shoreline et al
U.S. District Court, Southern District of MS
Obtained Summary Judgment for trailer leasing company based on the Graves Amendment, codified at 49 USC 30106, which provides there can be no vicarious liability for a vehicle lessor when the lesee or its agent is involved in an accident involving the leased vehicle. Replogle v. Shoreline et al