C. Mitch McGuffey

C. Mitch McGuffey

Partner

Jackson

601-960-3126

601-960-8613


Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Auburn University, B.S. Business Administration
  • Auburn University, B.A. Graphic Design

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2011
  • Mississippi, 2015
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Clerkship

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit

Fueled by challenge and change, Mitch never hesitates to go outside of his comfort zone. Whether that means taking on a difficult case, studying graphic design as an undergraduate to stretch and broaden himself and his abilities, or shifting his legal career from New York to Jackson, Mitch never takes the easy way out. His clients can be sure that he will apply the same rigorous creative curiosity and work ethic toward their cases. Mitch is a lawyer who cares deeply about people. That affection is shown first and foremost in his family, a wife and two daughters, yet another wonderful challenge! Beyond his family, Mitch has a love for community and fellowship, and he provides his full attention to his clients, forming personal relationships and using every possible asset to offer them quick, creative solutions. Long hours writing briefs or collaborating with his coworkers are all worth it for Mitch as he strives to offer his clients innovative and stable solutions with a broader impact that the immediate case.

Important Litigation Involvement

  • Currently serves as national coordinating counsel for asbestos claims of two Fortune 500 companies, litigating product and premises liability claims, developing national and jurisdictional defense strategy, and negotiating settlements
  • Drafted Daubert and summary judgment briefing and assisted in cross-examination of experts, resulting in exclusion of causation expert and grant of summary judgment for alleged environmental exposure claims; Boyer v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 2016 WL 705233 (W.D. Wis. Feb. 19, 2016)
  • Drafted appellate briefing, resulting in affirmed dismissal of counseling malpractice claim; Alabama Supreme Court, McElveen v. Family Services Center
  • Represented coaches in factual development and investigation, preparation for NCAA interviews, and drafted involved individual response to notices of allegation; NCAA Committee on Infractions
  • Served as member of litigation team in largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, representing¬† Chapter 11 Estate of investment bank in adversary proceedings against other international financial institutions, drafting dispositive motions, defending depositions, and developing expert reports; Southern District of New York
  • Represented Chapter 11 Estate of large investment bank in adversary proceedings against other international financial institutions

Law School Honors & Awards

  • Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal
  • President, Virginia Employment and Labor Law Association
  • Pro Bono Challenge Recipient

Organizations/Committee Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute)
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Environmental and Household Exposures,” HarrisMartin Asbestos Litigation Conference: Talc and Other Unique Exposures, May 2016, Charleston, South Carolina

Publications

  • “Direct-to-Consumer 3D Printing Protection: Searching for a Predictable Liability Regime,” For the Defense, DRI, Vol. 58, No. 11, November 2016. View Article