John Wheeler

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John Wheeler

Tupelo and Memphis Offices

P (662)842-3871 | F (662)842-8450


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John Wheeler serves as president and litigation chair for the firm. He practices exclusively in litigation focusing on the defense of medical and professional liability claims, railroad liability claims, pharmaceutical and product liability litigation and other personal injury and general litigation matters. John has defended liability claims and litigation for health care providers, railroad entities, and major pharmaceutical companies in federal and state jurisdictions throughout the United States.


AREAS OF PRACTICE


Education

  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1987
    • Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Gamma Alpha Epsilon, Banking and Finance Student of the Year, 1987
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1989
    • Dean Robert J. Farley Award for highest academic average in graduating class, Mississippi Law Journal, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, American Jurisprudence Awards: Criminal Law, Torts I, Torts II, Evidence, Legal Profession, Local Government Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) (Chair, Mississippi State Committee 2016-2018)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006-2022
    – Top 50 Attorneys in Mississippi
    – Top 50 Attorneys in Memphis Region
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2022
    • Lawyer of the Year, 2024
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star 2013-2022
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Tennessee Bar
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Case History

  • Campbell v. Calhoun Health Services, 66 So.3d 129 (Miss. 2011)
  • Griffin v. NMMC, 66 So.3d 670 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Neely v. NMMC, 996 So.2d 726 (Miss. 2008)
  • Caldwell v. NMMC, 956 So.2d 888 (Miss. 2007)
  • Smith v. GMH, 952 So.2d 177 (Miss. 2007)
  • Troupe v. McAuley, 955 So.2d 848 (Miss. 2006)
  • Langley v. Miles, 956 So.2d 970 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Montgomery v. Smithkline Beecham Corp., 910 So.2d 541 (Miss. 2005)
  • Adkins v. Sanders, 871 So. 2d 732 (Miss. 2004)
  • West v. Sanders, 661 So.2d 714 (Miss. 1995)
  • Erby v. NMMC, 654 So 2d 495 (Miss. 1995)
  • Nichols v. Tubb, 609 So.2d 377 (Miss. 1992)
  • Beville v. BN, 960 F.2d 546 (5th Cir. 1992)

Publications

  • Note, “Class Action – Bankruptcy – Bankruptcy – Judge May Exercise Discretion to Allow a
    Representative to File a Class Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding.” 59 Mississippi Law
    Journal 633 (1989)

Court Admissions

  • All state and federal courts, Mississippi and Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic

  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Mississippi State University Alumni Association
  • Tupelo Rotary Club (past member)
  • Cadence Bank Community Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee

Admitted

  • 1990

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