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Mark D. Jicka was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1991. He has served on the Steering Committee for DRI's Products Liability Committee and served as the Expert Witness Chair for that Committee. His practice focuses on defending manufacturers at trial and on appeal. He has handled cases for clients in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky. His cases of note include Dorsey v. Blue Bird Corp., 74 F. Supp. 3d 779 (N.D. Miss. 2014); Bailey v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 261 F. App’x 713 (5th Cir. 2008); Shelter Ins. Co. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 236 F. App’x 45, (5th Cir. 2007); Langford v. Makita U.S.A., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15578 (Sept. 2, 1998); and Crane Co. v. Kitzinger, 860 So. 2d 1196 (Miss. 2003).

Mark was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Panel - United States Public Defender's Office (Trial Counsel/Habeas Counsel) and as a Special Prosecutor for the Hinds County District Attorney's Office. He has been listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation (2017, Local Litigation Star)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-18, Litigation - Health Care; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Qui Tam Law)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-17, General Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: Products, Class Action/Mass Torts)

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association (Litigation, Automotive Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, and Criminal Justice Sections)
  • Crimson Tide Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute ( Products Liability Steering Committee,  Chairman; Expert Witness Committee) Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (Bacchus Ball Committee)
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association
  • The Mississippi Bar (Delivery of Legal Services Committee)
  • The Royal Oak Foundation

Articles & Publications

  • Contributor, Defense Research Institute's Daubert Online newsletter

Presentations

  • Auto Torts:  How to Try a Wreck Case: Products Liability Issues in a Wreck Case (July 13, 1997)
  • Quick Tips for Mississippi Litigators (July 26, 2007)
  • Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy: Using Demonstrative Evidence to Enhance Juror Understanding, Comprehensive Cross-Examination, and Ethical Considerations (July 25, 2008)
  • Opening, Communication is the Key (June 18, 2010)
  • Litigating Claims Involving Component Part Suppliers (June 23, 2011)
  • Spoliation: What the Courts Are Doing Today When No Vehicle is Available (June 27, 2012)
  • Daubert Challenges Episodes of...Win, Lose or Draw from the Past Year (or So) (June 7, 2013)
  • Products Liability Issues in a Wreck Case: Products Liability Seminar (March 7, 2014)
  • False Claims and the Sentencing Guidelines: Mississippi Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting (May 2, 2014)
  • Airbags & Restraints 101 (April 8, 2015)

Education

Juris Doctor: Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1991)

Bachelor's Degree: University of Alabama; Mississippi College (B.S., 1988, with Special Distinction) Omicron Delta Kappa