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Wilbanks Approved for Membership to American Board of Trial Advocates


Adams and Reese Special Counsel Chip Wilbanks, in the firm’s Jackson office, has been approved to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Membership is by invitation only.

Any trial lawyer who is of high personal character and honorable reputation, and who is a member of the Bar of the State, province, district, territory or country in which he or she practices, and who has met the qualifications as prescribed in Article III, Section 2 of the ABOTA Constitution, may become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates upon nomination and election. Wilbanks’ membership was approved by the ABOTA’s National Board of Directors.

Practicing law since 1986, Wilbanks has close to 30 years of experience in products liability litigation, including silica defense, medical device litigation and pharmaceutical litigation. He also represents clients in landlord/tenant, church law and litigation, insurance defense, real estate and property litigation and construction litigation. He is recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers® (by Thomson Reuters) in Class Action/Mass Torts, Insurance Coverage, General Litigation, and by Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC) in Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions- Defendants. Wilbanks is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Wilbanks was formerly the President of the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, recognized as Mississippi’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, in 2000, and was formerly on the Board of Bar Commissioners and Board of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

In the community, he has served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Clinton Public School District. He has served on the Board for Brillo Soccer Ministry, on the Board of National Leigh’s Disease Foundation, as President of the Board of the Mississippi Children’s Legal Clinic, on the Mississippi College School of Business Administration Alumni Advisory Board and on the Mississippi College Child Advocacy Program Advisory Board.

Wilbanks is a Mississippi native and received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi, in 1986, and earned his B.S. from Mississippi College, in 1984.