Andrea La'Verne Edney

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Meadowbrook Office Park
4268 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
T: 601.351.2472
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La'Verne Edney Joins Baker Donelson

La'Verne Edney, shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, concentrates her practice in products liability, tort liability, commercial litigation and health care litigation. Ms. Edney has been named the Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association in 2011, Mississippi College Black Law Student Association's 2010 Alumni of the Year, the Capital Area Bar Association's 2010 Outstanding Service Award recipient and the Magnolia 2010 Outstanding Service Award recipient. She was also recognized as one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2007. Ms. Edney has experience in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith actions, medical malpractice defense and premises liability defense. She has defended hospitals and doctors in medical negligence cases, businesses in premises liability and mass tort cases, and financial institutions against claims for breach of contract, business interference and fraudulent misrepresentation. Ms. Edney has tried more than 10 jury trials in state and federal courts in Mississippi and is a certified mediator.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Tried cases in state court for financial institution in breach of fiduciary duties, negligent misrepresentation, interference with business relationship, breach of contract, fraud, and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealings law suits.
  • Represented major hospital in an employment discrimination case.
  • Obtained defense verdict in medical malpractice lawsuit against major hospital.
  • Represented family owned business in personal injury lawsuit.
  • Represented physician and hospital in medical malpractice trials.
  • Tried federal court jury trial in employment discrimination case.
  • Tried state and federal court jury trials on behalf of legal services provider in interference with business relationship, breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation cases.
  • Obtained defense verdict in breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation case for legal service provider.
  • Represented financial institution in breach of contract and fraudulent representation case.
  • Represented insurance companies in breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and insurance premium offset cases.
  • Tried cases in state court on behalf of local car dealership in breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation cases.
  • Represented attorneys and their law firm against legal malpractice action.
  • Represented major gas company in state and federal courts and tried state court actions involving pipeline litigation, including prosecution of injunctive relief and eminent domain actions, and defense of surface damage and personal injury claims.
  • Represented major manufacturing companies in asbestos and tobacco litigation. 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – "Motivation, Willingness to Serve and Leadership," Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, September 2011
  • Speaker – Bridge the Gap Seminar, Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association, July 2011
  • Speaker – "Taking It to the People," Miss. Volunteer Lawyers Project, Desoto County Civic Center, Southaven, MS, June 2011
  • Panelist – "Diversity in the Workplace," Mississippi College School of Law's Black Law Student Association, February 2011.
  • Speaker – "How to Volunteer," Panelist with Honorable William Waller, Mississippi Bar Association On the Road CLE, Cleveland, MS (November 2010); Hattiesburg, MS (January 2011); Tupelo, MS (April 2011)
  • Speaker – "Sources of Legal Assistance for the Elderly," Elder Law Conference, North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, 2010
  • Speaker – "Making Time for Public Service," Capital Area Bar Association, September 2010
  • Speaker – "Public Service as an Integral Component of Our System of Justice," Mississippi College Summer Commencement, Clinton, MS, August 2010
  • Speaker – "Law Practice Management," Bridge the Gap Seminar, Young Lawyers Division of Mississippi Bar Association, July 2010

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member – Mississippi and American Bar Associations
  • Member – Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Bencher– American Inns of Court (2000 – present)
  • Member – Capital Area Bar Association
    • Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, 2009 – present
    • Law Related Education Committee, 2003 – present
    • Outstanding Service Award, 2010
  • Board Member – Capital Area Bar Association
  • Member – Magnolia Bar Association
    • Public Service Award, 2010
  • Member – Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Member – 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
  • Chairperson – Ethics Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association, 2005 – 2006
  • Selected as a 2011 Honoree by Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Recipient – Mississippi Distinguished Service Award, Ole Miss Law Alumni Chapter, 2012
  • Member – Magistrate Selection Committee for the Southern District of Gulfport

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Board Member – Mississippi College Board of Trustees (1999 – present)
  • Board Member – Mississippi Children's Home Society (2010 – present)
  • Co-Chairperson – Mission Mississippi Resource Development Committee (2010 – present)
  • Co-Chairperson – Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Annual Fundraising Campaign (2011 – 2012)
  • Alumni – Leadership Jackson Class of 1999
    • Alumni President (2001 – 2002)


  • Mississippi, 1996


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