H. Rusty Comley


H. Rusty Comley was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006. His experience spans from general product liability litigation, automotive and aviation litigation to tort and construction. He also represents health care providers in HIPAA breach cases and Medicare/Medicaid administrative proceedings and appeals. From 1996-2003, Rusty served our country as a Captain in the Aviation Branch of the United States Army. He holds a Commercial Pilot's License (Rotary-wing) with an Instrument Rating.

Notable Cases:

In the Matter of the Request of IMI Transport, Inc. (Medicaid Audit), Decision After Hearing, New York Department of Health, (July 21, 2016),  https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/decisions

BriovaRx, LLC v. Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., 163 So. 3d 311 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)

Dorsey v. Blue Bird Corp., No. 2:12CV17-B-A, 2014 WL 5017894 (N.D. Miss. Oct. 6, 2014)

Dunbar v. Walker, Cause No. 2012-899-B (Madison County Chancery Court June 5, 2014)

Dorsey v. Tadlock, No. 2:12CV17-B-A, 2012 WL 4467267 (N.D. Miss. Sept. 27, 2012)

Miss-Lou Ambulance Service, LLC v. State of Mississippi, Division of Medicaid, Cause No. G2010-1287 S/2 (Hinds County Chancery Court May 21, 2012)

Miller v. Genie Indus., Inc., No. 3:10-CV-00063-MPM-SA, 2012 WL 161408 (N.D. Miss. Jan. 19, 2012)

Lincoln Elec. Co. v. McLemore, 54 So. 3d 833 (Miss. 2010)

Arroyo v. Lincoln Elec. Co., Case No. 08-WF-17980 (N.D. Ohio 2010)


Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1941
Email: rcomley@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Automotive Industrial Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
Construction Litigation
Emergency Management and Response
Healthcare Litigation
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Product Liability
Tort and General Litigation

Bachelor's Degree: Business Management, University of Mississippi, 1996, cum laude
Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, 2006, summa cum laude

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  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬« (2016-2018, Personal Injury Litigation)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013 - 2017, Personal Injury Defense: Products; Rising Star in 2012)
  • Listed in Portico Jackson magazine, Portico 10 Attorneys (2015)
  • Mississippi College Law Review Executive Editor
  • Mississippi College Moot Court Board

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presented and Co-authored, "Your Practice is Being Audited: Complying, Fighting, and Winning" (with  Abby Pendleton, Esq.) at 2017 ABA Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society Physicians Legal Issues Conference, Chicago, IL, June 9, 2017.
  • Co-presenter, "Hot Topics in Healthcare" (with Joyce Hall, Esq.) at Mississippi Association of Family Physicians 2015 Spring Conference, Ridgeland, MS, April 18, 2015.
  • Co-Presenter, "Damages in Personal Injury" (with Joe Baladi, Esq.) for National Business Institute, Jackson, MS, August 27, 2014.
  • Co-authored "Patient health information breaches: What now?", Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, vol. 57 no. 8
  • Co-authored "The Only Way to Fight and Win a Medicaid Audit - On its Own Turf", Mississippi Medical News (December 2012)

Professional And Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar