DOUGLAS R. DUKE, (Member) born Fort Bragg, North Carolina, April 11, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1967; J.D., 1970). Delta Theta Phi. Instructor, Jackson School of Law, 1973-1975. Member: Hinds County and American Bar Associations; Mississippi State Bar; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association. Certified Mediator for cases in all Mississippi State Forums (State and Federal), including Mississippi Workers' Compensation Cases.
Mr. Duke has extensive experience in defending catastrophic or industry-wide litigation, including asbestos and pesticide lawsuits and the defense of general malpractice and liability claims. He is Admitted to practice in all State courts in Mississippi; The United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi; The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and The Supreme Court of The United States of America. Mr. Duke has also developed expertise in the defense of professional liability, products liability and "bad faith" actions against insurers for denial of coverage. Mr. Duke’s experience includes administrative law practice before the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Mr. Duke maintains a part time office in Oxford, Mississippi.
JAMES BULLOCK, (Member) born Sioux City, Iowa, July 29, 1947; admitted to bar, 1980, Mississippi. Education: Mississippi College (B.A., 1970; J.D. 1980). Delta Theta Phi. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Uniform Commercial Code and Estate Planning. Member: Hinds County and American Bar Associations; Mississippi State Bar; Capt., U.S.A.F., 1970-1972; Lt. Col., MS Air Nat’l Guard.
Mr. Bullock has extensive experience in insurance defense litigation including product liability, bad faith, professional malpractice, hospital and medical malpractice and general liability cases. He is Admitted to practice in all State courts in Mississippi; The United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi; The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and The Supreme Court of The United States of America. In addition, he has extensive experience defending catastrophic, mass tort, industry-wide and toxic tort claims, including appellant experience.
JOSEPH W. MCDOWELL, (Member) born Meridian Mississippi, May 8, 1951; admitted to bar in 1976, Alabama, in 1984, Louisiana, and in 1985, Mississippi; Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court - Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama, 1976; U.S. District Court - Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi, 1985; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1978; Education: University of Alabama (B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 1973; Juris Doctor, 1976); Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society; Founding Editor, Law and Psychology Review; Alpha Pi Mu Engineering Honor Society; Phi Delta Phi; Senior Litigation Attorney, Farm Credit Banks, 1983-1986. Member of the Mississippi Bar, Alabama Bar, Louisiana Bar, American Bar Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Dallas County Bar Association, Mississippi Claims Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.
Mr. McDowell has over thirty years extensive legal experience in defending insurance companies, businesses and individuals in personal injury litigation, including workers' compensation cases. Mr. McDowell has developed an expertise in insurance coverage litigation, commercial litigation, motor vehicle accident litigation, workers' compensation claims, product liability defense, premises liability, construction litigation and other accident and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts in Mississippi and Alabama, including representation of clients before the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.
JONATHAN L. BULLOCK, (Associate) born Des Moines, Iowa, October 11, 1973; He is Admitted to practice in all State courts in Mississippi; The United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi; and The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2004). Education: Mississippi State University (B.A., 1998); Mississippi College School of Law; University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 2003). The Mississippi Bar; American Bar Association; Hinds County Bar Association; Rankin County Bar Association; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association. USNR, 1993-2001. US Army JAG, CPT, 2008-present; " Mississippi Business Journal's Leadership in Law Award honring Mississippi's Top 50 Leading Attorneys-2011 Leadership in Law Honoree; Bronze Star Medal, Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, 2009.
Mr. Bullock has worked in the areas of professional malpractice, hospital and medical malpractice, general liability, fidelity and surety litigation, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defense and construction litigation.