Litigation. Arbitration. Meditation.
The attorneys at Webb Sanders & Williams provide counsel to businesses and insurance carriers throughout Mississippi and the Southeast region of the United States. With attorneys also admitted to practice in Oklahoma and Tennessee we are able to effectively represent our clients in a wide variety of venues.
Our goal is to provide our clients with the expertise, information and personal attention necessary to make the right decisions in difficult situations.
To best serve the needs of our clients, our attorneys are admitted to practice in the following courts:
-State Courts of Mississippi
-United States District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
-United States Supreme Court
-State and Federal Courts in Tennessee and Oklahoma
We have a well-established reputation with our clients, not only for effective representation, but also favorable results in difficult and complex cases. We specialize in providing legal services to businesses and insurance carriers throughout the Southeast region of the United States, but also provide counsel in other practice areas.
363 North Broadway Street, P.O. Box 496
Tupelo, MS 38802
Insurance Defense; Personal Injury and Property Damage
We handle every aspect of insurance litigation under all types of policies and all types of coverage matters including analysis of the duty to defend and indemnify, bad faith claims, extra contractual claims and coverage, interpretation of policy language, in addition to the defense of both insurer and insured.
We have been engaged in the representation of insureds, individuals, insurers, and corporations in claims involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage.
Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association Accredited Organization.
PRACTICE VENUES: Mississippi; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi; United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
PRACTICE AREAS: General Insurance and Corporate Defense; Products Liability Defense; Insurance Coverage Law; Fraud and Arson Defense and Special Investigations; Labor & Employment Litigation; Bad Faith Defense; Automobile Liability and Uninsured Motorist Defense; Toxic Tort Defense; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation; Expert Witness.
Education: University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D., Valedictorian, with distinction, 1976); University of Southern California (M.S., 1974); University of Southern Mississippi (B.S., 1971); Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi Outstanding First Year Student Award. Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal (1976). Law clerk, Honorable William C. Keady, Chief Judge, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (1977-79). Listed in Who's Who in Mississippi Law.
Presentations: "Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith - Best Claims and Litigation Strategy," Council on Litigation Management, Birmingham, AL (2010); "If Chinese Drywall Covers the Walls, Are Those Walls Covered?" Joint Seminar of the Mississippi Claims Association and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Flowood, Mississippi (2009); "Fundamentals of Litigation Management and Related Topics," GEICO, Macon, Georgia (2009); "Fundamentals of Litigation Management," Council on Litigation Management, Columbus, Ohio (2009); "Opening Statements," Trial Practice Academy, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Oxford, Mississippi (2007); "Venue, Joinder, Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens and Other Issues," Eighth Annual Trial Practice Seminar, Prentiss County Mississippi Bar Association (2007); "Coverage Issues/Claim Handling," PIA/MCA Convention Continuing Education (2005); "Tort Reform in Mississippi," Mississippi State University Insurance Day, Starkville, Mississippi (2002); "Gramm-Leach-Bliley Privacy Act: An Overview of Compliance Obligations and Questions Left Unanswered Under the Act," "Loss Control Issues: How to Recognize Potential Problems From Both an Agency and Claims Standpoint," and "Bad Faith: It Is Best to Avoid It, Here's How," Continuing Education Seminar for the Professional Insurance Agents of Mississippi/Mississippi Claims Annual Convention, Orange Beach, Alabama (2001); "Update on Ethics Opinions in Mississippi," Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Southern Regional Meeting (2000); "Recent Developments in Mississippi Insurance Law," Ole Miss Insurance Symposium, Oxford, Mississippi (2000); "Update on Insurance Law Developments," University of Mississippi Insurance Symposium (2000); "Constitutional Issues Raised by the Mississippi Tort Claims Act," Mississippi Governmental Tort Immunity Seminar (1998); Counsel in bad faith/arson/insurance fraud mock trial for the Mississippi Fire Investigators Association Fire and Arson School (1997); "Legal Implications of Current Version of National Fire Protection Association 921," State Farm Insurance Companies Special Investigative Unit Workshop," Birmingham, Alabama (1996); "Defense of Fire, Fraud and Bad Faith," Mississippi State University College of Business and Industry (1994); Defense Counsel in bad faith/arson/insurance fraud mock trial for State Farm Fire and Casualty Company's Advanced Claim School (1993); "Insurance Defense Issues and Recent Developments," Mississippi Claims Association State Convention (1992); "Insurance Defense Issues in Mississippi," Safeco Insurance Company, Nashville, Tennessee (1987); "First Party Bad Faith Defense," Southern Farm Bureau Insurance Companies (1985); "Arson and Fraud Defense in Mississippi," State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (1984).
Publications: Monograph: "Venue, Joinder, Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens and Other Issues Related to Where the Chickens Can Insist the Other Chickens Come to Roost," Perspective From the Bench and the Bar (2007); "United States Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Award in Insurance Bad Faith Case Excessive and Violative of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution," The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Co-Author)(2003); "Y2K - Klear? Konfusing?" The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Co-Author) (1999); "Ethical Prohibition on Third Party Audits and Other Related Issues," The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Co-Author)(1999); "Constitutional Issues Raised by the Mississippi Tort Claims Act" (Co-Author)(1998); "The Legal Burden of Proof Implications of NFPA 921 Should be Removed," National Fire and Arson Report, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 1996; "Unanimous Verdict for Insurer in Civil Arson Case in 'Clear and Convincing' Jurisdiction," National Fire and Arson Report, Vol. 13, No. 3, Page 18, September 1995; Monograph: "Constitutional Arguments Against the Assessment of Punitive Damages," The MDLA Quarterly (Dec. 1989).
Member: Mississippi State Bar Association (Mississippi State Bar Delegate to Judicial Conference of Fifth Circuit (1984-86)); Mississippi Claims Association (2001), Legal/Legislative Committee Chair (2001); University of Mississippi Risk Management and Insurance Advisory Board (2000-2010) (Outstanding Supporter Award, 2008): Chairman-Elect (2003), Chairman (2004-2005), Distinguished Service Award (2005); University of Mississippi Insurance Symposium Chairman (2005); Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (President 2000; President-Elect 1999; Secretary/Treasurer 1998; Editor of The MDLA Quarterly 1998; Co-Editor of The MDLA Quarterly 1999; Board of Directors 1994-98); Chairman, Northeast Mississippi Regional Committee 1989, 1991, 1992; Ethics Committee Vice Chairman 1990; Distinguished Service Award 2000); Defense Research Institute; Lee County Bar Association; American Bar Association (Litigation and Torts Section; Insurance Practice Section); Mediator for American Bar Association Mediation Competition (2005); Atlanta Claims Association; National Fire Protection Association; International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.; Mississippi Fire Investigators Association; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Outstanding Lawyers of America; Mid South "Super Lawyer" in Insurance Coverage (2007-2010); ABA Advisory Panel (2008-2009); Council on Litigation Management (2009-2010); Council on Litigation Management Bad Faith Committee (2010), Co-Chair for Region 5 Mississippi and Louisiana (2010); [United States Air Force, active duty 1971-1974].
University of Mississippi School of Law