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AWARDS AND HONORS

Kenna L. Mansfield, Jr.

Managing Member

For more than 30 years, Kenna Mansfield has defended various corporate entities in commercial litigation, including life, health, disability, property, casualty, and workers’ compensation insurers in cases alleging bad faith conduct. He has also represented health and disability carriers in ERISA litigation, as well as financial advisors and broker-dealers in securities related litigation. Kenna has extensive trial experience as lead counsel before juries in state and federal courts in cases involving wrongful death; personal injury; premises liability; fraud; embezzlement; breach of warranty; banking; commercial contracts; forgery; libel/slander; and bad faith life, health, and disability claims. Additionally, he has served as lead counsel in the defense of numerous oil field environmental contamination cases and mass tort litigation.

Kenna reflects on his practice: “Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed trying cases, and I very much enjoy arguing cases on appeal. Over the years, however, I’ve come to appreciate the art of resolving cases through negotiation, which is usually the resolution clients most desire. I’ve been able to negotiate compromise resolutions that were highly favorable to my clients. The keys to achieving this are viewing the cases objectively, maintaining a professional and mutually respectful working relationship with the opposing counsel, and, of course, being prepared to take the case to trial if necessary.”

Kenna received a B.A. from Delta State University and J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer every year since 2008 and as a Top 50 Mississippi Attorney in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 having earned one of the highest point totals in the Mid-South Super Lawyers review process. Kenna has also been named among the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2010.

Areas of Practice
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Environmental Litigation
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Complex Litigation
  • Contract Matters
  • ERISA
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Life, Health and Disability Insurance
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Property & Casualty
  • Securities
  • Wrongful Death
Litigation Percentage
  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Oxford, Mississippi, 1982, J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
  • Delta State University
    • Cleveland, Mississippi, 1979, B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers – 2008- 2018 and is recognized as a 10 year+ Mid-South Super lawyer
  • The Top 50 Mississippi List for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2013 and 2015 – Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts
  • Benchmark Litigation “Local Litigation Star” 2015 – 2017
Published Works
  • “And the Defense Wins” – DRI’s The Voice 8-8-2012 – Walter D. Willson, Kenna L. Mansfield, Jr. and Joshua P. Henry
Representative Matters
  • Burchfield v. Foremost Insurance Group, 2017 WL 1167278 (N.D. Miss. 2017)
  • Hinson v. Techtronics Industries Factory Outlets, Inc., 644 Fed.Appx 371 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Rogers v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 2015 WL 7076643 (N.D. Miss. 2015)
  • Fos v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, 2015 WL 5254131 (S.D. Miss. 2015)
  • Parsons v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 571 Fed.Appx 269 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Parsons v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 2013 WL 12090330 (S.D. Miss. 2013)
  • Fos v. Walmart Stores East, LP, 2013 WL 11798480 (S.D. Miss. 2013)
  • Wilson v. Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., 2012 WL 1067665 (S.D. Miss. 2012)
  • Flies v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2011 WL 1832735 (S.D. Miss. 2011)
  • Ehlen Floor Covering, Inc. v. Pacific Life Insurance Company,660 F.3d 1283 (11th Circuit 2011)
  • Cleveland v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2011 WL 1399849 (S.D. Miss. April 12, 2011)
  • Previto v. Ryobi North America, Inc., 2011 WL 135673 (S.D. Miss. Jan 14, 2011)
  • Previto v. Ryobi North America, Inc., 2010 WL 5185055 (S.D. Miss. Dec. 16, 2010)
  • Graham v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 349 Fed.Appx. 957 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Graham v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1555 (S.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Kiser v. Allstate Financial Group, 2009 WL 1045329 (S.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Kiser v. Allstate Financial Group, 2008 WL 4829910 (S.D. Miss. 2008)
  • West v. Unum Provident, 275 Fed.Appx 292 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Allstate Life Ins. Co. v. Parnell, 292 Fed.Appx. 264 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Price v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68063 (N.D. Miss. 2008)
  • Allgood v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 543 F. Supp. 2d 591 (S.D. Miss. 2008)
  • Washington v. Am. Heritage Life Ins. Co., 500 F. Supp. 2d 610 (N.D. Miss. 2007)
  • Allstate Life Ins. Co. v. Estate of Reed, 619 F. Supp. 2d 262 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
  • McCrory v. Ryobi Techs., Inc., No. 3:05CV218TSL-JCS, 2007 WL 1140663 (S.D. Miss.Apr. 13, 2007)
  • First Colony Life Ins. Co. v. Sanford, 480 F. Supp. 2d 870 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
  • Cummings v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 2006 WL 1876691 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Cummings v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 2006 WL 1195616 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Williams v. Smith, 350 F. Supp. 2d 739 (S.D. Miss. 2004)
  • Ross v. Citifinancial, Inc., 344 F.3d 458 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Guice v. Miss. Life Ins. Co., 836 So. 2d 756 (Miss. 2003)
  • Ellis v. Wash. Mut. Fin. Group, LLC, No. Civ.A.01-CV-144, 2002 WL 32163527 (S.D. Miss.May 8, 2002)
  • McCurtis v. Dolgencorp, Inc., 968 F. Supp. 1158 (S.D. Miss. 1997)
  • McArthur v. Time Ins. Co., 889 F. Supp. 938 (S.D. Miss. 1995)
  • U.S. Fid. & Guar. Co. v. B & B Oil Well Serv., Inc., 910 F. Supp. 1172 (S.D. Miss. 1995)
  • King v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 908 F. Supp. 1395 (S.D. Miss. 1995)
  • Williams ex rel. Williams v. Jackson Stone Co., 867 F. Supp. 454 (S.D. Miss. 1994)
  • King v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 23 F.3d 926 (5th Cir. 1994)
  • Mass.Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Nicholson, 775 F. Supp. 954 (N.D. Miss. 1991)
  • Carroll v. Volkswagen of Am., Inc., 789 F. Supp. 217 (S.D. Miss. 1991)
  • Chambers v. Prudential Ins. Co. of Am., 776 F. Supp. 1166 (S.D. Miss. 1991)
  • Washington v. McComb Motel Co., 759 F. Supp. 329 (S.D. Miss. 1990)
  • Bradshaw v. Guardian Life Ins. Co., 558 So. 2d 1391 (Miss. 1990)
  • McDaniel v. Ritter, 556 So. 2d 303 (Miss. 1989)
  • Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., 725 F. Supp. 317 (S.D. Miss. 1989)
  • Cabell Elec. Co. v. Pac. Ins. Co., 655 F. Supp. 625 (S.D. Miss. 1987)
  • Butler v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 617 F. Supp. 724 (S.D. Miss. 1985)
Associations and Memberships
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practices Sections
    • Member, Life and Health Insurance Committees
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Christ United Methodist Church, Jackson, Mississippi
    • Past Chairman of Administrative Board
Seminars
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Mississippi, National Business Institute, 2000
Fraternities / Sororities
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Kappa Alpha Order
Birth Information
  • El Paso, Texas
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