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Philip W. Gaines

Attorney At Law

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Philip W. Gaines has been practicing law in Mississippi since 1986, having worked primarily in the field of insurance defense with two prominent firms in Jackson, where he built a reputation as a top-level trial and appellate litigator and a fair and effective Mediator and Arbitrator. He specialized in significant insurance claims processing and bad faith defense, while still also maintaining a voluminous personal injury trial schedule in State and Federal Courts throughout Mississippi. Philip still has a substantial defense practice, but he now primarily represents individual and business claimants. He is also especially hired by other attorneys to assist with particular litigation cases or matters involving insurance or other issues for which he has special expertise. Philip has tried over 200 jury trials, with an emphasis on insurance claim, automobile, personal injury, bad faith, and trucking cases. He has helped parties resolve hundreds of cases as a Mediator and Arbitrator, with an emphasis in his ADR practice being on personal injury, insurance, bad faith, trucking, construction, employment, professional malpractice, and nursing home disputes. He also has experience and expertise in state administrative and board matters. For several years, Philip served as the Court Liaison for the Mississippi State Hospital and coordinated the forensic processing of criminal defendants with alleged mental illness issues. Philip has been selected for leadership positions in numerous bar and community associations, as well as in his church. He was President of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association and the Mississippi Law Institute. He was Chair of the Mississippi Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and The University of Mississippi Lamar Order. He presently serves on the Mississippi State Hospital Institutional Review Board. &nbsp


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • Juris Doctor - 1986
  • Millaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Philosophy

Past Positions

  • Mississippi State Hospital, Court Liaison, 2013 to 2018
  • Currie Johnson Griffin Gaines & Myers, P.A, Founding Member, 1994 to 2013
  • Steen Reynolds Dalehite & Currie, Associate and Partner, 1986 to 1994

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Trucking
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Case Analysis & Evaluation