Stevens, John Hunter
Address: 1535 Lelia Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
Lawyer Firm: John Hunter Stevens
Fax: 601 366-1799
|Areas of Practice||Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury Law, Product Liability Law, Medical Negligence, Automobile Wrecks, 18-Wheeler Wrecks, Maritime Law|
Born: Hammond, Louisiana, October 19, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Mississippi; 1990, Louisiana.
Education: Southeastern Louisiana College (B.A., 1986); Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 1989). Phi Delta Phi (President, Keady Inn, 1988-1989). Chief Justice, Mississippi College Honor Court, 1988-1989. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts II and Criminal Law. Staff Member, Mississippi College Law Review, 1987-1989.
Hobbies: John is an avid runner and outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing but his favorite pastime is and spending time with his wife and two children. His daughter sings and plays guitar while his son is active in multiple sports.
Member: Hinds County, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; The Mississippi Bar; Mississippi Association for Justice; Louisiana Association for Justice; The American Association of Justice; former member of the Board of Governors and former member of the Executive Committee.Licensed to Practice: All Federal and State Courts in Mississippi and Louisiana; United States Supreme Court.
Practice Areas: Workers’ Compensation Law; Personal Injury Law; Product Liability Law; Medical Negligence; Automobile Wrecks; 18-Wheeler Wrecks; Maritime Law.
Selected as a Super Lawyer® for 2012-2018 (Less than 5% of U.S. attorneys)Received the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell for ethics and legal skills for the past 15 years-AV Rated®Nominated for inclusion in Super Lawyer® for the last four years, including 2015.Has also been nominated for membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and National Association of Distinguished Counsel® for 2015.Has handled injury cases in many states across the US.
Sample of Reported Cases:
Short v. Wilson Meat House, LLC, 36 So. 3d 1247, 1248 (Miss. 2010).Piney Woods Country Life Sch. v. Young, 946 So. 2d 805, 807 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006).Kukor v. Ne. Tree Serv., Inc., 77 So. 3d 1134, 1135 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011), reh’g denied (Oct. 11, 2011), cert. denied, 78 So. 3d 906 (Miss. 2012)Barnes v. W.S. Newell, Inc., 949 So. 2d 823, 824 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006).Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Caston, 812 So. 2d 1052, 1053 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)Smith v. Johnston Tombigbee Furniture Mfg. Co., 43 So. 3d 1159, 1161 (Miss. Ct. App. 2007)Still v. Georgia-Pac. Corp., 965 F. Supp. 878, 878 (S.D. Miss. 1997)Underwood v. McRae’s, 811 So. 2d 400, 400 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)Ballard v. Illinois Cent. R. Co., 338 F. Supp. 2d 712, 714 (S.D. Miss. 2004)McCarty Farms, Inc. v. Kelly, 811 So. 2d 250, 252 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)Martinez v. Swift Transp. & Ins. Co. of State of Pennsylvania, 962 So. 2d 746, 747 (Miss. Ct. App.Scott v. KLLM, Inc., 37 So. 3d 713, 715 (Miss Ct. App. 2010)James v. Cincinnati Inc., 243 F. App’x 25 (5th Cir. 2007); No. 06-60163Payne v. Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., 146 F.3d 867 (5th Cir. 1998); No. 97-60572Ayers v. Legion Ins. Co, 2006 WC 01681 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)Brown v Miller’s Insurance Agency, Inc., et al., No. 2010-0004708, 21 JDC, Tangipahoa Parish (September 24, 2014) $1,000,000.00 JudgmentAdcox v MS Dept. of Public Safety, MS Bureau of Narcotics, # 2012-WC-01537; Court of Appeals Affirmed January 28, 2014. Six-figure judgment Affirmed.Doe v ABC Flying Service; Agricultural Pilot crashed resulting in a six-figure settlement. (2014)Hawkins v Heck Yea Quarter Horses, LLC; 2016-CT00215-SCT*Some of these settlements and verdicts where obtained while a member of Grenfell and Stevens PLLC. Jim Grenfell is still "of counsel" to the firm and Grenfell and Stevens continues in that capacity.
New cases reported:
Recent developments and personal information for John H. Stevens:
In addition to donating his time to Jackson-area legal serviges to provide pro-bono legal skills, he generously donates blood to Mississippi Blood Services. He was recently recognized for donating over 50 pints of blood and was featured in one of their commercials.
In addition, John has appeared on local television discussing legal issues including Workers’ Compensation, on "Law Call." This included injuries involving overuse, stress induced injury and injury on the job from defective industrial products.
Recent cases of interest include:
A Louisiana trial involving a fall wherein his client fell at a self-service car wash and sustained a lower-leg fracture which required multiple surgeries. Using expert testimony, the evidence proved the Defendant created a dangerous hazard that contributed to the fall and injuries to the client. At the conclusion of the trial, a judgment was rendered in the amount of $1,000.000.00. In Kansas City, MO, a client sustained multiple injuries to both shoulders and his neck as a result of an 18-wheeler collision. These injuries prevented the client from returning to his occupation as a truck driver. Settlement was obtained for the maximum seven-figure insurance coverage.
John also recently achieved judgment for a law enforcement officer who was injured on the job while rendering emergency support during and after Hurricane Katrina on the gulf coast of Mississippi. Ultimately, this client suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as diagnosed by her physicians and was unable to return to her career as a law enforcement officer. The Administrative Law Judge found the Claimant to be permanently and totally disabled and awarded her the maximum benefits allowable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Employer exhausted all appeals at multiple levels and ultimately appealed the case to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which affirmed the Judge’s findings and ordered the Employer to pay the judgment in full, as well as pay her past, present and future medical expenses for the remainder of her lifetime. The total amount of the judgment was in excess of $200,000.00, which does not include the value of the medical treatment.
Additionally, John represented an agricultural pilot in a work-related injury, wherein the pilot was injured when the plane crashed during a crop dusting maneuver. His client was severely injured and required back surgery. A favorable settlement was obtained justifying payment of the maximum limits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
John also represented the family of a man who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision. A claim was made against the automobile manufacturer, alleging a defect in the steering system, which caused the man to lose control of the vehicle and result in the crash. The case was resolved for a confidential amount, used to compensate him and his family and to provide for the medical needs for the remainder of the man’s lifetime.
While the terms of this settlement are confidential, at the time the litigation was resolved, the manufacturer issued a massive recall on the same model vehicle, which specifically addresses the steering mechanisms, which we alleged to be defective in this case. It is believed or hoped that this claim, made on behalf of this family, may have resulted in or contributed to this recall. Hopefully, as a result of this family’s actions in pursuing this litigation, this recall may have prevented some other person or family from injury or death. Sometimes it appears that litigation is required for a company to take action that may save others from similar injury or death.
John Stevens also represented a Plaintiff who sustained an injury utilizing a product and was blinded by some alkaline chemicals. The insurance carrier for the product manufacturer denied coverage and during a trial under declaratory judgment on behalf of the Plaintiff against the insurance carrier, the jury unanimously found in favor of the Plaintiff, finding the insurance carrier, was responsible for any and all liability of its’ insured manufacturer.
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