Kenna L. Mansfield, Jr.
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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 for inclusion in the Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2008 through 2017. He was named to The Top 50 Mississippi attorneys 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 lists, 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.
Current Employment Position:

            Managing Member
Bad Faith
Commercial Environmental Litigation
Commercial Insurance
Complex Litigation
Contract Matters
Insurance Subrogation
Life, Health and Disability Insurance
Multidistrict Litigation
Pharmaceutical Products
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Property & Casualty
Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage:

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

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


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

Representative Cases:
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)
             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)

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)

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)

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Bad Faith Litigation in Mississippi, National Business Institute, 2000

Published Works:

            "And the Defense Wins" - DRI's The Voice 8-8-2012

            and Joshua P. Henry

            Mid-South Super Lawyers -
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,
            2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

            The Top 50 Mississippi List for 2011, 2012, 2013
            and 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers  
            Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
            (Insurance Law),
            2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,  2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
            Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2013
            and 2015- Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts
            Benchmark Litigation
            "Local Litigation Star" 2015- 2017

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

Omicron Delta Kappa
Kappa Alpha Order
Birth Information:
El Paso, Texas



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