Thursday, May 10, 2018

Quartet jumps from Baker to Lord Snow

Lord Snow issued the following statement on its website.

Butler Snow announced today that Andrea La'Verne Edney , W. Davis Frye, George C. (Clay) Gunn IV, and Adam D. Porter have joined the firm in its Ridgeland office. Edney and Porter will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation group.  Frye and Gunn will practice with Butler Snow’s tort, transportation and specialized litigation group.

“We are fortunate to have such a great group of lawyers join Butler Snow,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman, Butler Snow. “They are bringing a broad range of experience across several practice areas, which will provide additional depth for our clients.”

With more than 22 years of litigation experience, Edney has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Mississippi and other states, and has tried to verdict numerous cases, including medical negligence, premises liability, products liability, bad faith insurance, employment disputes and legal malpractice.

Edney serves on the board of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is on the faculty of ABOTA’s Masters in Trial program and the ABOTA Trial Academy. She also served as co-chair of the ABA/ABOTA National Trial College. Edney has been named in Best Lawyers in America® in the area of mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants, 2016 – 2018 and as one of the National Black Lawyers “Top 100 in the Country.” She was selected as “Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year” by the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association, and has been named one of “Mississippi’s Fifty Leaders in the Law” by the Mississippi Business Journal. Edney has received the Distinguished Service Awards from the Mississippi Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, and the Capital Area Bar Association.  She was selected as lawyer of the year by Mississippi College School of Law in 2018. Edney earned an undergraduate degree at Alcorn State University and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.

Frye has more than 21 years of litigation and arbitration experience. His significant trial resume includes successfully defending clients in commercial disputes, health care/nursing home cases, premises liability suits and other tort litigation. He also has extensive experience in employment suits, antitrust litigation, contract disputes, and covenants not to compete. Additionally, Frye routinely advises businesses, healthcare providers, and long term care companies concerning day-to-day operations, risk management issues, and corporate structure concerns.
Frye is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of commercial litigation and in Mid-South Super Lawyers. He earned his undergraduate degree at Millsaps College and his Juris Doctor at Vanderbilt Law School.

Gunn has more than eight years of litigation experience in the areas of products liability, health care/nursing home, premises liability and other tort litigation. He has defended automobile manufacturers through trial in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, including design defect, manufacturing defect, and inadequate warning claims. Gunn has also defended physicians, medical clinics, and nursing homes in personal injury, wrongful death matters and disputes involving quality assurance and peer review privileges, handling multiple cases through trial. In addition, he has defended consumer appliance manufacturers and wineries against product liability claims. He also has experience in construction litigation involving large government contracts.

Gunn is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He earned both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama and previously clerked for the Honorable Daniel P. Jordan III, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Porter has previous advocacy experience assisting clients in general business-related litigation matters. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law, where he served as the associate editor of the Mississippi College Law Review.


Anonymous said...

The heck you say!?

Anonymous said...

The rats are jumping ship?

Anonymous said...

I will say that the parking garage here at The District office building where B-D is located is getting pretty thin.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:55 PM - No, it is because of Costco coming to Ridgeland.

Anonymous said...

Out of the frying pan into the fire for these four!

Anonymous said...

I know three of the four, and they are very good lawyers and outstanding people. No, I don't have any connection with either firm.

Anonymous said...

where is the guy that was at Lord Snow when he was selling the timber deal- Billings?

Anonymous said...

Would bet that this move has absolutely nothing to do with the MT LLC deal - these things don't happen that fast. Bound to have been in the works for at least a month, likely longer. Watching moves like this among the big firms is always interesting, but never surprising.

Anonymous said...

Moves like this prove once again that large firms tend to grow their business by poaching from other large firms. The legal business for large firms in Mississippi has been stagnant for 10 years.

Anonymous said...

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Dust Off That Resume.. said...

8:05 - Welcome to the world of Human Resources Activities. But, move along, nothing unusual to see here at all. Happens every day throughout the total spectrum of industrial classifications.

Whether it's half the cardiologists leaving St D for Baptist, a junior reporter leaving Supertalk for Y'all Politicos, an aerospace engineer leaving Eaton for Parker, or an OTR driver-team leaving JBHunt for two more cents per mile at Schneider...

Lawyers ain't at all special. They just think they are.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. And apparently more newsworthy than the Copeland Cook health law group jumping ship for Balch and Bingham.

Anonymous said...

As noted above, moves like this take several months minimum. So this had nothing to do with Timbergate.

That said, it's reflective of the current business model of large Jackson firms -- i.e., eating each other. The market for big firm services in MS is very much a zero-sum game. Many lawyers who used to have more work than they could handle (and top recent grads who thought they would) now fight over scraps. Tons of people trying to keep up appearances or fake it 'til they make it. Just a really depressing scene overall.

Getting out of my big firm job in Jackson for a nice in-house position was one of the best days of my life.

Kingfish said...

Quite a few lawyers read this site, hence why I posted it. Good lawyers these four are.

Anonymous said...

Lateral moves at best. Reminds of the business card scene from "American Psycho."

Anonymous said...

Clay Gunn is a genius.........i don’t know much about the other guys but the way Clay handled my deal was impressive.

Anonymous said...

"Quite a few lawyers read this site, hence why I posted it. Good lawyers these four are." You quote this stuff like you are accepted and "in" because of this sleazy website and blog. You aren't. Now or ever.

Anonymous said...

So...Kingfish makes a practice of dragging attorneys one-and-all through the mud but then circles back to drop the disclaimer "But these four are good ones" if to serve as some sort of recommendation to the blog reader for legal services?

Someone please tell me the market value of a legal services recommendation from this blog page?

Anonymous said...

at 6:37am A referral from KF in't no worse that the hodgepodge grab-bag of grab ass corrupt lawyers working in Mississippi because they would never make it outside the state. You can't trust or rely on most of fact most lawyers coming out of Mississippi are straight up cowards because they're afraid they'll get crushed by those on the "inside" from the Oxford plantation throughout the halls of power in the poorest state in the country. Poor all right, poor justice, because there isn't's just all who you know, and the MS Bar hasn't done anything about that very public perception:

Anonymous said...

Make up your mind, 8:12. First you say Mississippi lawyers are a hodgepodge of grab-bag grab-ass corrupt attorneys. Then you turn around and say any who have left the state are intimidated by those who stayed.

Do you even know the point you tried to make?

Anonymous said...

They aren't intimidated, just discouraged....they just choose to not work in such a corrupt environment, and have to rely on "who you know" from the plantation aristocracy, and would rather live in a more transparent, forward looking, less corrupt version of the Confederacy which the Mississippi power structure wishes to maintain.

Anonymous said...

Clay Gunn isn't a business lawyer doing deals. He's another big defense firm discovery lawyer who has no first or second chair trials despite what Lord Snow proclaims

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