Robert F. Walker Partner



Robert F. Walker concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, transportation, trust and estate disputes, and cyber liability claims. He has handled civil suits in state and federal courts in these areas through trial and appellate resolution. Robert has significant experience defending automobile manufacturers and motor carriers in catastrophic personal injury litigation and against high-exposure property and cargo claims. He also has defended pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in product liability and personal injury litigation. In addition, Robert has advised and defended clients accused of professional malpractice and has experience representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in disputes involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, disputed accountings and will contests.

Robert has significant experience defending manufacturers in claims arising from exposure to chemical contaminants, asbestos, petroleum, and other toxic chemicals, and he has represented tobacco companies in state and federal court in individual mass tort product liability litigation. He also has advised health care providers and individuals in matters involving the False Claims Act, including qui tam litigation, related to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues.

In the employment realm, Robert has advised clients on day-to-day personnel issues, defended them against charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC, and has conducted internal investigations.

Representative Matters

Represented the Mississippi Insurance Department in a contested $1.6 billion corporate restructuring of Mississippi's largest property and casualty insurer under Mississippi insurance holding company and change of control statutes. 

Represented regional pharmacy in state Medicaid litigation involving pharmacy discount programs and impact on usual-and-customary pricing. 

Represented manufacturers in state and federal court in Mississippi tobacco product liability litigation involving both mass actions and individual claims, coordinating joint defense discovery and motion practice. 

Successfully represented major casino in state tax appeal of denial of refund claim that was in excess of $2 million and was based on use of gaming tax credits. 

Represented beneficiaries in multiple will contests challenged on the grounds of undue influence and lack of capacity, as well as the related disposition of the decedents' multimillion-dollar estates. 

Represented automobile manufacturer in product liability lawsuits alleging defects in various components and systems, including fuel systems, restraint systems and electrical systems. 

Represented a national trucking company in high-exposure cargo claims and cases alleging negligent driving and training. 

Defended manufacturer of pelvic mesh devices in multiple suits in federal court and served on the expert witness team. 

Successfully defended automobile manufacturer at trial in multiple wrongful death products liability trials relating to alleged defects in the vehicle's fuel system. 

Successfully defended automobile manufacturer in dozens of lawsuits related the vehicle’s speed control deactivation switch. 

Obtained summary judgment for automobile manufacturer in a products liability case involving an alleged engine compartment fire after successfully excluding an expert witness. 

Successfully defended an automobile manufacturer at trial in a high-exposure property damage case related to a passenger compartment fire allegedly caused by a defective wiring harness.