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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Mississippi College School of Law
      J.D., 1980
    • Louisiana State University
      B.S. in Business Administration, 1975
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • CLERKSHIP+
James "Jim" G. Wyly, III Bubba Partner
"It's all about being quick to understand the pressure points in the case."

Businesses and their insurers facing the uncertainties of high-stakes litigation look to Jim Wyly for clear-eyed guidance. After 39 years of trial experience, Jim can quickly and accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case and find the best possible solution. Because he knows how judges and juries see emotional as well as legal issues, his litigation strategies account for all the key factors that drive outcomes. Jim is also a certified mediator and arbitrator. His reputation for pragmatism and fairness on both sides of the courtroom has made him a sought-after neutral who has presided over more than 1,000 cases.

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Businesses and their insurers facing the uncertainties of high-stakes litigation look to Jim Wyly for clear-eyed guidance. After 39 years of trial experience, Jim can quickly and accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case and find the best possible solution. Because he knows how judges and juries see emotional as well as legal issues, his litigation strategies account for all the key factors that drive outcomes. Jim is also a certified mediator and arbitrator. His reputation for pragmatism and fairness on both sides of the courtroom has made him a sought-after neutral who has presided over more than 1,000 cases.

Jim is keenly aware of the pressures that accompany major litigation. He communicates clearly and often, giving in-house counsel, C-Suite executives, claims representatives and boards of directors the information they need to make major decisions. In addition, his results-oriented approach ensures that litigation budgets are used efficiently.

Jim has successfully defended clients in Mississippi and Louisiana state and federal cases involving:

  • Professional Liability
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability

He currently serves as the managing partner and practice coordinator for the firm's Gulfport office. As a former college athlete, Jim still enjoys playing a pick-up game of basketball, tennis or golf. He spends his leisure time with his family fishing, kayaking and boating on the Gulf.

Experience

  • Won a unanimous jury verdict exonerating an insurer from damage claims of more than $7 million in a Hurricane Katrina case. After a six-day trial, the jury held that our client had not acted in bad faith or breached its contract in denying plaintiffs' claims, and rendering a defense verdict.
  • Secured an arbitration panel decision exonerating an engineering firm in arbitration over an alleged error in design plans for a $10 million+ airport runway resurfacing that allegedly required the plaintiff to rebid the project for an additional $1.5 million.
  • In a case involving a lengthy trial and appeal to the Fifth Circuit, proved that an insurance company was not obligated to defend or indemnify a general contractor as an additional insured under a subcontractor's policy.
  • Settled a case on the eve of the trial for a Biloxi-based casino involving a claim for amounts allegedly due under an elevator/escalator maintenance agreement. The court granted a dispositive motion for the casino, disallowed most of the damages the plaintiff claimed, and found that our client was entitled to damages instead.
  • Successfully defended attorneys who had been sued for malicious prosecution, establishing a favorable precedent for defendants in legal malpractice actions.
     

Insights

Speaking Engagements
  • "Best Practices: How to Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims," CNA Risk Control Seminar (Jackson, MS, May 2019) Speaker
  • "Let’s Settle This: Tips and Techniques for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Mississippi," The Mississippi College School of Law 2019 Symposium (Jackson, MS, April 2019) Panelist

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Certified Arbitrator
  • Certified Mediator
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Business Court Committee - Appointed by Mississippi Secretary of State
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association

Recognition

  • Personal Injury Litigation (2012-2020), Transportation Law (2011-2020), Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" - Defendants, Gulfport (2018, 2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Mississippi, Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA (2017, 2018)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers (2012-2018)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leadership in Law, Mississippi Business Journal (2015)

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law
    J.D., 1980
  • Louisiana State University
    B.S. in Business Administration, 1975

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • Won a unanimous jury verdict exonerating an insurer from damage claims of more than $7 million in a Hurricane Katrina case. After a six-day trial, the jury held that our client had not acted in bad faith or breached its contract in denying plaintiffs' claims, and rendering a defense verdict.
  • Secured an arbitration panel decision exonerating an engineering firm in arbitration over an alleged error in design plans for a $10 million+ airport runway resurfacing that allegedly required the plaintiff to rebid the project for an additional $1.5 million.
  • In a case involving a lengthy trial and appeal to the Fifth Circuit, proved that an insurance company was not obligated to defend or indemnify a general contractor as an additional insured under a subcontractor's policy.
  • Settled a case on the eve of the trial for a Biloxi-based casino involving a claim for amounts allegedly due under an elevator/escalator maintenance agreement. The court granted a dispositive motion for the casino, disallowed most of the damages the plaintiff claimed, and found that our client was entitled to damages instead.
  • Successfully defended attorneys who had been sued for malicious prosecution, establishing a favorable precedent for defendants in legal malpractice actions.
     
  • "Best Practices: How to Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims," CNA Risk Control Seminar (Jackson, MS, May 2019) Speaker
  • "Let’s Settle This: Tips and Techniques for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Mississippi," The Mississippi College School of Law 2019 Symposium (Jackson, MS, April 2019) Panelist
    • Certified Arbitrator
    • Certified Mediator
    • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
    • Business Court Committee - Appointed by Mississippi Secretary of State
    • The Mississippi Bar
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Harrison County Bar Association
    • Personal Injury Litigation (2012-2020), Transportation Law (2011-2020), Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" - Defendants, Gulfport (2018, 2020), The Best Lawyers in America
    • Mississippi, Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA (2017, 2018)
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers (2012-2018)
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Leadership in Law, Mississippi Business Journal (2015)