The Best Lawyers in America for 2020

Congratulations! Wise Carter is pleased to announce the list of recognized attorneys featured in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2020. 

Gulf Coast Office

Lynda C. Carter

  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David C. Goff

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Frederick T. Hoff, Jr.

  • Litigation and Controversy – Tax
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

Henry F. Laird, Jr.

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – First Amendment

James C. Simpson, Jr.

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Government Relations Practice

Stephen B. Simpson

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Hattiesburg Office

Joe D. Stevens

  • Banking and Finance Law

Jackson Office

Mark P. Caraway

  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Betty Toon Collins

  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law

Linda F. Cooper

  • Insurance Law

Gaye Nell Currie

  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Virginia S. Gautier

  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

D. Colllier Graham, Jr.

  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Health Care

James E. Graves III

  • Railroad Law

Henderson S. Hall, Jr.

  • Energy Law
  • Utilities Law

R. Mark Hodges

  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Elizabeth G. Hooper

  • Health Care Law

Kimberly N. Howland

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Crane D. Kipp

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Law

William H. Leech, Sr.

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Douglas E. Levanway

  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Eugene R. Naylor

  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

W. McDonald Nichols

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates

George H. Ritter

  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Railroad Law

James L. Robertson

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Antitrust
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property

Charles E. Ross

  • Insurance Law
  • Railroad Law

John P. Sneed

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Andrew D. Sweat

  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Barbara Childs Wallace

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Michael B. Wallace

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Government Relations Practice

Margaret H. Williams

  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

“Lawyer of the Year” Awards

  • Andrew D. Sweat – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • D. Colllier Graham, Jr. – Litigation – Health Care
  • Douglas E. Levanway – Energy Law
  • George H. Ritter – Railroad Law
  • Margaret H. Williams – Corporate Law
  • Michael B. Wallace – Government Relations Practice

Mike Wallace Wins at the Mississippi Supreme Court

Congratulations are in order for Mike Wallace, who provided pro-bono counsel for charter school parents during a recent Mississippi Supreme Court win.

The Mississippi Justice Institute, who represented the group of parents, intervened on a 2016 lawsuit that argued that the Charter School Act of 2013’s funding mechanism was unconstitutional. The court held that the mechanism was constitutional.

“The parents are pleased that the Supreme Court has confirmed the authority of the legislature to provide different options to meet the educational needs of all Mississippi children.”
– Mike Wallace

Click here to read the full press release and ruling.

Wise Carter Welcomes Henry Laird

We welcome attorney Henry Laird to the firm as of December 2018. He is located in our Gulf Coast office.

Henry Laird’s practice includes commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal court and representing the news media and individuals in defamation, invasion of privacy, and access to public records and public places such as the courtroom and governmental agencies under First Amendment and common law principles.

Wise Carter to Present at MHA’s 2019 Health Law Conference

Several Wise Carter attorneys will present at the upcoming MHA’s 2019 Health Law Conference on Friday, August 2, 2019.

Wise Carter Attorney Presentations

No Surprise, Congress Focuses on Surprise Billing

by Gaye Nell Currie

“Smart” Equipment; HIPAA and Other Security Concerns

by Elizabeth Hooper

EMTALA & Behavioral Health

by Eugene Naylor

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare

by Danielle Love Burks

Register for the Conference

The conference is open to MHA Members as well as non-members, and you can attend in person at the MHA office in Madison, Mississippi, or attend remotely.

Wise Carter Attorneys Host Medical Records Law in Mississippi Workshop

Medical Records Law in Mississippi

Join us on March 1st at the Mississippi Hospital Association in Madison for the 2019 Medical Records Law in Mississippi workshop.

Friday, March 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location

Mississippi Hospital Association
116 Woodgreen Crossing
Madison, Mississippi

Click here to register for the workshop.

As medical records law continues to evolve, the complexities of how your organization manages these sensitive records now will impact your legal liability later. When improperly handled, your records management practices are far reaching and potentially damaging to your organization. Proper records management is only a small part of protecting your business from damaging legal issues that will happen without understanding the full scope of what your responsibilities are as it pertains to HIPAA and patients’ rights.

Mark your calendar to join Wise Carter and the Mississippi Hospital Association on March 1 at the MHA Conference Center in Madison for our 2019 Medical Records Law in Mississippi workshop. Review how these laws impact your practice, discover strategies for managing records, and identify best practices for releasing health information. Not knowing does not protect your organization from financial responsibility for damages.

Topics Include

  • Learn when HIPAA applies and who is a covered entity
  • Learn what to do when a breach occurs
  • Determine the proper method of responding to subpoenas and other requests for medical records
  • Discover the latest issues surrounding substance abuse and mental health records

Meet the Wise Carter Child & Caraway faculty:

Charles Cowan, Esq.
Allison Hartman, Esq.
Elizabeth Hooper, Esq.

Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Medical Records Defined and Handling Common Requests, Allison Hartman

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Medical Records under HIPAA (Handling Subpoenas and Authorizations), Charles Cowan

11: 00 – 11:15 a.m.

Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Additional Medical Record Concerns (State Law, Family Concerns and Part II Regulations), Chris Grillis, IV

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Handling a HIPAA Breach and Other HIPAA Special Concerns, Elizabeth Hooper

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Advanced Workshop with all Speakers, Elizabeth Hooper

3:30 p.m.

Q&A / Evaluation / Adjourn

James Robertson Releases New Book

Congratulations to James Robertson on the completion of his book!

Heroes, Rascals, and the Law: Constitutional Encounters in Mississippi History is out now from the University Press of Mississippi.

About the Book

James L. Robertson focuses on folk encountering their constitutions and laws, in their courthouses and country stores, and in their daily lives, animating otherwise dry and inaccessible parchments. Robertson begins at statehood and continues through war and depression, well into the 1940s. He tells of slaves petitioning for freedom, populist sentiments fueling abnegation of the rule of law, the state’s many schemes for enticing Yankee capital to lift a people from poverty, and its sometimes tragic, always colorful romance with whiskey after the demise of national Prohibition. Each story is sprinkled with fascinating but heretofore unearthed facts and circumstances.

Robertson delves into the prejudices and practices of the times, local landscapes, and daily life and its dependence on our social compact. He offers the unique perspective of a judge, lawyer, scholar, and history buff, each role having tempered the lessons of the others. He focuses on a people, enriching encounters most know little about. Tales of understanding and humanity covering 130 years of heroes, rascals, and ordinary folk―with a bundle of engaging surprises―leave the reader pretty sure there’s nothing quite like Mississippi history told by a sage observer.

The Clarion Ledger’s review sings its praise:

Readers of all political persuasions will be entertained, enlightened, and even dumbfounded by what litigants and courts have gotten themselves into, and only sometimes out of, during 130 years of Mississippi history. The book is a triumph of storytelling. 

– Leslie H. Southwick

Order your copy from Square Books.

Ashley Gunn Elected 2019 President of Harrison County Bar

Congratulations to attorney Ashley W. Gunn in the firm’s Gulfport office.  She has been elected as the 2019 President of the Harrison County, MS Bar Association. Ashley previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer and Vice-President of the Association.

Ashley says, “It is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to lead our Association. We look forward to another great year of offering public service projects, quality continuing legal education, and professional fellowship in 2019.”

Ashley also serves on the Board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar and is a 2018 graduate of the Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum.