June 4, 2018 The Mississippi Business Journal Reported:
"James Holland has been elected President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). The ADTA is an organization of defense lawyers which accepts members by invitation only, with only one prime member in any city with a population of less than 1 million. Holland is a trial attorney with experience litigating and trying commercial, wrongful death and traumatic injury cases in state and federal courts. He carries an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell and was named again this year as one of the Best Lawyers in America in both Commercial and Products Liability litigation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar where he is board liaison for DRI?s Products Liability Committee. He has received invitations to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He is past President of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association. He served on the Mississippi Supreme Court?s Civil Jury Instruction Committee as Vice Chair and as the Vice Chair of the Business Courts Study Committee, appointed by Mississippi?s Secretary of State. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation."
March 28, 2018 Jury Verdict for the Defense. Michael Wolf represented an alleged employer in discrimination suit brought by employee who claimed that as he was being terminated a racial insult was made. The matter was tried in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Title VII and other civil rights issues were addressed.
December 25, 2017 "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2: 8-14
October 24, 2017 Holland to speak on Guaranty Fund Law:
Shareholder James Holland will speak during next week's Fall Workshop presented by The National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds in St. Louis. Supported by its member organization, the NCIGF, the state-based property and casualty Guaranty Fund System remains strong, attuned to current and emerging issues and brings essential consumer protection in an increasingly dynamic insurance industry. The National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds (NCIGF) is the non-profit, member-funded association formed to provide national assistance and support to the property and casualty guaranty funds located in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NCIGF coordinates information for multi-state insolvencies and provides legal, informational, administrative, communications and public policy support to our members
October 24, 2017 Page Kruger's James Holland named again to DRI Board of Directors:
James D. Holland, a shareholder in the firm was selected this month for a two year term to the Board of Directors of the DRI, the largest organization of civil defense trial attorneys and in-house counsel. DRI's membership exceeds 22,000 attorneys.
Holland has more than 36 years of experience trying cases in the defense of individuals and companies in civil litigation. His experience includes litigating and trying commercial and traumatic injury cases in state and federal courts. He has handled and tried to verdict a wide variety of cases involving products liability, insurance bad faith, and premises liability issues.
He also currently serves as the President Elect of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Holland is a former President of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and has been recognized as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundations. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America@ for the last ten years running in both Commercial and Products Liability Litigation.
October 12, 2017 James Holland is now President-Elect of the ADTA. This is a true honor and recognition for the firm as a leader among some of the best attorneys from each major city in the US.
March 29, 2017 Shareholder Michael Wolf will be speaking on May 4, 2017 at the "Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish" CLE. Wolf will be speaking on the topic of "Obtaining Key Information to Make or Break a Claim." MORE
March 29, 2017 Shareholder Trey Smith was recently recognized by Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM) for his part in presenting a medical malpractice 'mock trial' to students at UMMC as a part of the "Professionals in Medicine" class. MORE
January 12, 2017 Shareholder Michael Wolf was selected as one of Mississippi's "Leader's In Law for 2016" by the Mississippi Business Journal.
September 21, 2016 On September 21, 2016, Michael Wolf will be speaking to the Sub-Contractors Association of Mississippi on "Worker's Compensation Topics Relevant to Subs". MORE
April 29, 2016 James Holland has been elected as Vice President of the ADTA for 2016.
This is a true honor and recognition for the firm as a leader among some of the best attorneys from each major city in the US.
The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys has two main objectives: to provide an opportunity for the proven successful defense trial attorneys to associate with similarly qualified trial attorneys for professional, social and business purposes, and to identify the successful defense trial attorney for those persons in search of such an attorney.
The Association only permits one prime member per one million population for each city, town or municipality. This exclusive selection process, assures potential clients that they have the name of a highly qualified, experienced and successful defense trial attorney in that community or region. Similarly, when a member needs representation for their client in another city or region, that member can refer their client to an ADTA member with the confidence that their client will receive the same high quality legal service and enjoy the same success that they themselves have provided.
January 1, 2016 PKH Founder Tommy Page, has been selected as President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.
November 13, 2015 In October of this year PKH was proud to welcome Jason Bush as a shareholder. Mr. Bush come to this firm as a seasoned lawyer with an impressive resume. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude, where he was on the Mississippi Law Journal as the Notes and Comments Editor. He is also a proud Bulldog having obtained his undergrad degree from Mississippi State University, B.S., in 1998, magna cum laude.
June 26, 2015 PKH recently obtained a unanimous decision from the Columbus, Mississippi Civil Service Commission in favor of promoting a police officer to the rank of Lieutenant. The officer in question passed the promotional exam, and was the only eligible officer for an open Lieutenant?s position. The Commission determined that the Chief of Police did not have the discretion to decline a recommendation for promotion in that situation.
April 21, 2015 Shareholder Smith Boykin was recently certified as an "AV" Rated Attorney, through Martindale-Hubbell's nationally recognized rating system. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
February 6, 2015 PKH attorney James Hall obtained a dismissal of his client in a large trucking case. The dismissal was granted because Mr. Hall was able to demonstrate to the Court that discovery violations and false testimony required the dismissal of all claims.
January 1, 2015 Welcome 2015! Looking forward to another Great Year.
November 17, 2014 Congratulations once again to Trey Smith, as he was recognized in Super Lawyers 2014.
October 20, 2014 Congratulations to Wright Hill, as he was recently selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014. A distinction which is well deserved.
September 23, 2014 Congratulations to James Holland, as he has been selected by his peers to be included in the 21st Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America". This distinction comes from the recognition, after a rigorous peer-review, that Mr. Holland is a consistent and dedicated member of the law community, in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.
September 12, 2014 Stephen Kruger and Johnny Chapman successfully represented the University of Mississippi Medical Center in a medical malpractice claim filed in the Hinds County Circuit Court, before the Honorable Judge Tommie Green. In this bench trial, captioned Estate of Pace v. UMMC, the court found that the plaintiffs failed to prove that UMMC doctors were negligent in the treatment of an elderly patient. PK&H provided a strong fact based defense, to demonstrate the UMMC used the appropriate standard of care.
September 11, 2014 In the County Court of Harrison County, PK&H shareholder Michael J. Wolf, successfully enforced a "covenant not to compete" on behalf of client Grace Healthcare. A Harrison County jury returned a verdict in the amount of $68,000.00 against ACME Medical Supply and a former employee of Grace Healthcare, for losses suffered from the sale of back braces in violation of a one year regional non-compete agreement.
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.
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 James Holland, Stephen Kruger, Wright Hill, Trey Smith, and Smith Boykin have each been recognized in "Super Lawyers".
January 23, 2014 Smith Boykin, has been selected to the Mississippi Bar's 2014 Leadership Forum Class.
January 11, 2014 William Wright Hill has been selected as the new Mississippi State Representative to the Nationally Recognized Defense Research Institute, which is simply referred to as the "DRI."
January 11, 2014 William Wright Hill has been invited and admitted as member of the "IADC," the International Association of Defense Counsel.
February 1, 2013 Tommy Page was selected as one of fifty Mississippi Lawyers in the 2013 Leadership in Law class, by the Mississippi Business Journal.
June 4, 2018 Shareholder, James D. Holland received a summary judgment last week based on judicial estoppel. A serious road construction accident occurred from which the Plaintiff claimed substantial injuries and damages. The Plaintiff had filed and recently tried a separate suit claiming similar injuries for a prior accident. At the trial of the case filed on the prior accident case, the Plaintiffs largely blamed the first accident and the jury was unable to allocate the injuries between the two accidents and thus awarded the Plaintiff all claimed damages for the period including the second accident and into the future. Based on the trial transcript and post-trial briefing in the more-than-million-dollar-verdict first case currently on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the second Court agreed with Holland and found that the Plaintiff was now foreclosed from claiming the injuries occurred in the second accident.
March 13, 2018 Immunity motion granted on behalf of a municipal client. Michael Wolf represented the City in a suit brought by a disabled person who tripped and fell and was injured on a water meter located in his yard. Mr. Wolf filed a motion to dismiss on basis of immunity under the tort claims act of Mississippi, and it was granted. Lewis v. City of D'Iberville
August 1, 2017 Summary judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. Michael Wolf successfully argued summary judgment in a wrongful death claim, demonstrating the lack of negligence by client. The opinion was affirmed on appeal. Toney v. Southern Crane [2016-CA-01134-COA (Aug. 1, 2017)]
September 15, 2016 James Holland and Smith Boykin, obtained a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court, affirming the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. The suit involved the collapse of scaffolding during the construction of Medical Towers in Meridian. The Trial Court granted summary judgment, which was affirmed on all appeals. McKean et al v. Yates Engineering et al [No 2013-CT-01807] MORE
July 19, 2016 Summary Judgment was Granted to a PKH client. The matter involved a jobsite death where the estate of the decedent sought to hold an independent crane operator on the job site liable for conditions which the operator did not cause. Michael Wolf and Tommy Page are counsel of record. Toney v. Southern Crane & Rigging.
September 15, 2015 PKH Shareholder Michael Wolf obtained a reversal of a qualified immunity decision. In this action the district court declined to dismiss several individually named school personnel from a first amendment claim. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the teachers would not have been on notice of a potential constitutional violation, when searching Facebook for threats to campus security. Jackson v. Ladner [Unpublished] MORE
February 17, 2015 On February 5, 2015 Johnny Chapman obtained a Summary Judgment on behalf of Central Mississippi Medical Center in a workforce sexual harassment suit. The plaintiff, a nurse, claimed she had been coerced into a sexual relationship with a doctor at a CMMC affiliated clinic while both were employed at the clinic.
February 17, 2015 On January 8, 2014, Stephen Kruger and Louis Baine, III obtained a summary judgment in a medical malpractice case pending in Monroe County, Mississippi. The Plaintiffs, one of whom underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a full thickness rotator cuff tear, claimed the anesthesiologist failed to obtain adequate informed consent and negligently performed an interscalene block. The summary judgment, filed on behalf of the hospital, argued that the Plaintiffs did not have admissible expert testimony to support either the informed consent claim or the medical negligence claim. A few days before the scheduled trial, the Court granted the summary judgment and dismissed the Plaintiffs' claims against both the hospital and the anesthesiologist, with prejudice. Bowen v. Amory HMA, LLC et al [(Monroe County Cause No. CV2010-252-PM)]
September 12, 2014 Stephen Kruger provides another defense win in a Medical Malpractice case. The Estate of Mary Pace v. University of Mississippi Medical Center [Hinds County Civil Action 251-09-559]
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.
June 17, 2014 In June 2014, Wright Hill tried another automobile accident case in the Circuit Court of Scott County in the case styled James Terry Campbell and Antonio Marquiz Thomas vs. James Jones; In the Circuit Court of Scott County, Mississippi; Cause No:11-CV-046-SC-C, a disputed liability and disputed damage case. In that case, the Defendant rearended a trailer being towed by the Plaintiffs' vehicle, and one of the Plaintiffs alleged significant injuries to his low back as a result of that accident. Wright and his client defended the case and disputed both liability and/or fault for the accident and the extent of the Plaintiffs' alleged injuries. In that case, Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant was negligent for colliding with the rear of his trailer; however, Wright and his client disputed liability and placed fault, or at least contributory fault, on the Plaintiff for failing to have operational and functioning taillights on his trailer at the time of the accident. Plaintiff also had a significant history of preexisting low back problems, with two prior low back fusion and discectomy surgeries. After a two day trial, the jury rendered a verdict assessing the Plaintiffs' damages from the accident at $200,000, but further assessing 80% liability to the Plaintiff and only 20% liability to the Defendant. The actual verdict rendered against Wright's client was only $40,000, which was significantly less than the pretrial settlement offer made to the Plaintiff, another successful result for the defense and our client. James Terry Campbell and Antonio Marquiz Thomas vs. James Jones
April 1, 2014 Wright Hill obtained another favorable defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Adams County in the case of Billie Frazier vs. Warren Lambuth; In the Circuit Court of Adams County, Mississippi; Cause No: 12-KV-0075-J, another automobile accident claim. While admitting partial liability on the part of the Defendant, Wright and his client also disputed liability and argued that Plaintiff bore some contributory negligence for the accident as well. Wright and his client also disputed the extent of the Plaintiff's alleged injuries and the value of his claim. After a two day trial, the jury returned a verdict assessing Plaintiff's damages at $20,000, but also apportioning fault 53% to the Defendant and 46% to the Plaintiff, resulting in a jury verdict of only $11,235.00, which was significantly less than the Defendant's pretrial offer of settlement Billie Frazier vs. Warren Lambuth
March 25, 2014 Wright Hill recently obtained a successful jury verdict in the Circuit Court of Adams County in the case of Susan Davis vs. Kirby Watts; In the Circuit Court of Adams County, Mississippi; Civil Action No: 11-KV0089-J. This lawsuit stemmed from an automobile accident involving the Plaintiff and Defendant down in Natchez, Mississippi, in which Wright and his client admitted liability but disputed Plaintiff's damages and the value of her claim. After a two day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff but only awarded her medical expenses and a very minute amount of general damages on top of that, resulting in a verdict less than the Defendant's pretrial offer of settlement. Susan Davis vs. Kirby Watts
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
February 6, 2013 Branum et al v. Valued Member Credit Union et al
U.S. District Court, Southern District of MS
Obtained dismissal of claim for alleged conversion of a promissory note based on the exclusivity provision of the UCC as adopted by Mississippi, as well as the statute of limitations and the doctrine of ratification under Mississippi common law. Branum et al v. Valued Member Credit Union et al