Mark D. Jicka

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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 Bailey v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 261 Fed. Appx. 713, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 1006, January 17, 2008; Shelter Ins. Co. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 236 Fed. Appx. 45, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 12997, June 5, 2007; Langford v. Makita U.S.A., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15578, September 2, 1998; Crane Co. v. Kitzinger, 860 So.2d 1196 (Miss. 2003). Mark was appointed to the Civil 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 among the Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1866
Email: mjicka@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Appellate Advocacy
Automotive Industrial Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
Healthcare
Healthcare Litigation
Product Liability
Professional Liability (Non-Medical)
Tort and General Litigation
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
Education

University of Alabama; Mississippi College (B.S., 1988, with Special Distinction) Omicron Delta Kappa
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1991)

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Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2018, Litigation - Health Care;  Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Qui Tam Law)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2018, General Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: Products, Class Action/Mass Torts)

Publications

Presentations

  • 7/13/97, Auto Torts:  How to Try a Wreck Case: Products Liability Issues in a Wreck Case
  • 7/26/07, Quick Tips for Mississippi Litigators
  • 7/25/08, Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy:  Using Demonstrative Evidence to Enhance Juror Understanding, Comprehensive Cross-Examination, and Ethical Considerations
  • 6/18/2010, Opening, Communication is the Key
  • 6/23/2011, Litigating Claims Involving Component Part Suppliers
  • 6/27/2012, Spoliation: What the Courts Are Doing Today When No Vehicle is Available
  • 6/7/2013, Daubert Challenges Episodes of...Win, Lose or Draw from the Past Year (or So)
  • 3/7/2014, Products Liability Issues in a Wreck Case: Products Liability Seminar
  • 5/2/2014, False Claims and the Sentencing Guidelines: Mississippi Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting
  • 4/8/2015, Airbags & Restraints 101

Professional And Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Automotive Litigation Section, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Criminal Justice Section
  • Crimson Tide Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Steering Committee Chairman, Expert Witness CommitteeMississippi 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