When you need experienced legal counsel, I can help. I’m Philip W. Gaines, Attorney at Law. I have more than 30 years of litigation experience with complex insurance defense and coverage issues. I’ve litigated thousands of claims. I’ve tried hundreds of cases in Mississippi’s State and Federal Courts. I’ve also served as a Mediator and Arbitrator in hundreds of cases, having advocated for ADR since its initial utilization in Mississippi.
The best litigators know how to adapt to the particulars of each case, and to do so in a manner that maintains credibility at trial. In all of my practice areas, I bring extensive experience and a high skill set to the table. I believe that preparation and knowledge enable litigation skills to shine, and I am committed to bringing your case forward in the best way possible to achieve your goals.
Insight Earned During More Than 30 Years Of Experience
I have worked extensively on, and tried, a large number of matters throughout the State of Mississippi from both the insurance and trucking defense side and the plaintiff’s side. That experience gives me knowledge — not only about how judges and juries may perceive the case, but also about the full context of pressures and risks each side faces.
I can provide the insight for attorneys, claims professionals, and individuals as to what constitutes a “best case” offer from the opposing side and what a likely trial result will be. As both an advocate and as a Mediator, I can also often find an overlap of common interest in reaching a range of settlement that may have seemed impossible.
The advice and counsel I give is not based on “hopeful wishes” or providing clients and others merely the answers they want to hear. My counsel is grounded on the hard facts, the law, and on what is possible and likely, as informed by 30 years of real-world litigation and ADR experience.
Litigation: When a dispute is not settled, it goes to court. To succeed, you need to understand what you face. I know how to explain all aspects of the case to you. You need a lawyer with top-level trial experience. I know how to develop trial strategies that work in Mississippi courtrooms.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): I have substantial experience as a Mediator and as an Arbitrator, as well as counseling and representing parties in these forums. I provide experienced, fair and capable ADR services and representation.
Administrative Law Issues: I am also adept and experienced with matters involving administrative law, especially those relating to professional licensure, insurance and other governmental agency disputes, health and mental healthcare administration, and governmental liability issues.