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Andrea La'Verne Edney

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Jackson
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La'Verne Edney is a litigation shareholder in the Jackson office.

Featured Experience

Obtained numerous defense jury verdicts in state and federal court where plaintiffs alleged injuries and/or death of nursing home residents due to nursing home abuse and neglect.
Obtained a defense verdict in a legal services fraud case.
Obtained the voluntary dismissal of a premises liability case involving a shooting on the premises of a restaurant chain.

Professional Biography

Overview

La'Verne has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Mississippi and other states, and has tried to verdict numerous cases, including medical negligence, premises liability, products liability, bad faith insurance, employment disputes and legal malpractice.

La'Verne serves on the board of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is on the faculty of ABOTA's Masters In Trial program, and the ABOTA Trial Academy in Reno, Nevada. She also served as co-chair of the ABA/ABOTA National Trial College. She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2016 – 2017 and one of the National Black Lawyers "Top 100 in the Country" in 2015. She was selected as "Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year" by the Mississippi Women Lawyers' Association in 2011. In November 2012, she was selected as one of "Mississippi's Fifty Leaders in the Law" by the Mississippi Business Journal.

La'Verne is also a certified mediator.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained numerous defense jury verdicts in state and federal court where plaintiffs alleged injuries and/or death of nursing home residents due to nursing home abuse and neglect.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a legal services fraud case.
  • Obtained the voluntary dismissal of a premises liability case involving a shooting on the premises of a restaurant chain.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a suit alleging inadequate security which led to customer's stabbing and ultimate death at major restaurant chain.

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial alleging inadequate security which led to customer's shooting at major restaurant chain.

  • Obtained favorable resolutions of uninsured/underinsured bad faith claims on behalf of a national insurance company.
  • Obtained favorable resolutions for multi-family housing complexes accused of providing inadequate security and maintenance which led to assault, rape and/or other injury to residents.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a federal court jury trial alleging bad faith insurance coverage.
  • Secured the summary judgment dismissal of a bad faith insurance coverage dispute in state court.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of claims of compensatory punitive damages in a bad faith home insurance case.
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict in a state trial alleging medical negligence and false imprisonment, with the decision ultimately upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2016 – 2017) 
  • Recognized as one of The National Black Lawyers Top 100 (2015)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Mississippi and American Bar Associations
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Bencher (2000 – present)
  • Capital Area Bar Association
    • Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (2009 – present)
    • Law Related Education Committee (2003 – present)
    • Outstanding Service Award (2010)
  • Capital Area Bar Association, Board Member
  • Magnolia Bar Association
    • Public Service Award (2010)
  • Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
    • Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year (2011)
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Appointments
    • Access to Justice Commission (2009 – present)
    • Task Force on Gender Fairness (2009 – present)
  • Certified Mediator
  • Bar Exam Review Committee
  • Member – Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners
  • Mission Mississippi, Advisory Board (2006 – present)
  • Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, appointed by Governor Haley Barbour (2004 – 2011)
  • Ethics Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association, chairperson (2005 – 2006)
  • Selected as a 2011 Honoree by Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Mississippi Distinguished Service Award, Ole Miss Law Alumni Chapter (2012)
  • Magistrate Selection Committee for the Southern District of Gulfport
  • Commission on Youth at Risk of American Bar Associations
Community & Civic Involvement
  • Board Member – Mississippi College Board of Trustees (1999 – present)
  • March of Dimes of Mississippi Board Member
  • Mississippi Center for Justice (Chair of Board)
  • Magnolia Speech School Board
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Fightin' Side of Me: Trial Tactics " (November, 2016)
  • "Lessons Learned from the Front Line," Baker Donelson Long Term Care Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee (November, 2014)
  • "Motivation, Willingness to Serve and Leadership," Mississippi Women Lawyers Association (September, 2011)
  • "Bridge the Gap Seminar," Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association (July, 2011)
  • "Taking It to the People," Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Desoto County Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi (June, 2011)
  • Panelist – "Diversity in the Workplace," Mississippi College School of Law's Black Law Student Association (February, 2011)
  • "How to Volunteer," panelist with Honorable William Waller, Mississippi Bar Association On the Road CLE (2011)
In the News

Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Industries

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Alcorn State University, B.S., 1988

Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996

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