J. Stephen Kennedy Partner

     

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Steve Kennedy is a trial attorney and regional managing partner of the firm’s Mississippi office. He serves as national and regional counsel for several trucking companies. Steve has significant experience defending catastrophic damages claims against motor carriers and product liability suits against automobile, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and ATV manufacturers. He also served as national counsel for a major tire distributor in negligence, breach of warranty and employment matters. 

Steve is a member of the firm’s 24-hour Emergency Response Team and its primary contact for incidents that occur throughout Mississippi. He has tried more than 30 cases, handling matters across multiple states, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wyoming, Colorado and California, among others. Steve's current trial practice also includes representation of insurance clients in coverage and bad faith litigation and architects and design professionals against claims of construction negligence. In addition, Steve provides pro bono representation of indigent clients in divorce, child custody and personal injury matters.

Representative Matters

Served as national and regional counsel for several large trucking companies.

Served as national counsel for a major tire distributor.

Served as trial counsel for three design professionals in multiple cases resulting from collapse of U.S.90 Bay St. Louis Bridge.

Tried more than 30 cases to verdict, handling matters across multiple states, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wyoming, Colorado and California, among others.

Obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of a trucking company in a wrongful death trial in Greene County, Mississippi.

Represented a major tire distribution company and one of its employees in an auto accident personal injury trial. The case was settled in the client's favor prior to trial completion.

Represented a trucking company in a trial involving an alleged wrongful death, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict.

As lead trial counsel, achieved a unanimous defense verdict for client in a trucking personal injury case.

Lead trial counsel for a transportation services company in a breach of contract trial, winning a unanimous verdict and judgment in the amount of $1.675 million.

Represented a mechanical auto parts company in a personal injury trucking accident trial. The case was tried solely on damages, and the jury returned with a verdict that was significantly lower than the amount sought by the plaintiff.

Obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in an alleged wrongful death and personal injury case.

Obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in an alleged wrongful death case.

Obtained a defense verdict for an automobile manufacturer in a wrongful death case involving an allegedly defective fuel system.

Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in personal injury litigation involving an alleged back injury.

Obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in a product liability, personal injury case.

Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in personal injury litigation involving an alleged brain injury.