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Philip A. Gunn

Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC

Mississippi’s tort reform legislation passed in 2004 is considered by many to be one of the best in the nation. But it almost didn’t happen, because there was a stalemate in the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Philip Gunn, an attorney with Wells, Marble & Hurst, PLLC, Ridgeland, was appointed to work with two fellow House members who were also attorneys to craft a compromise bill that would move the tort reform legislation forward.

“I was asked to present our compromise plan on the House floor during debate,” Gunn said. “Not all of our suggestions were adopted, but the stalemate was resolved and the legislation passed the next day. I was privileged to have a small role in helping get it passed. By working to pass legislation that brings justice and fairness to the legal system, we can improve the quality of life that we enjoy and create a better Mississippi for those who follow us.”

“Philip was personally instrumental in breaking a stalemate in the House of Representatives on the legislation that provided sweeping tort reform for the state,” said Gov. Haley Barbour. “This law has been a driving force in protecting Mississippi’s citizens from the growing lawsuits industry that had infiltrated our state, and it has helped stabilize insurance premiums for small business as well as healthcare professionals. This has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as the most comprehensive litigation reform act passed by any state in the nation.”

Barbour says Gunn is an outstanding lawyer whose honesty, integrity, work ethic and leadership abilities have served him well in his career.

“I have known Philip since we were both elected in 2003, and he has worked closely with me in his position as chair of the Mississippi House of Representatives Republican Conference,” Barbour said.

Gunn has been chair of the Mississippi House Republican Conference from 2006 to the present and was appointed by Barbour as alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008.

In addition to the legislative and political work, Gunn’s work as an attorney focuses on civil defense litigation, including insurance defense and premises and products liability. He also practices family law.

Gunn said he seeks truth and justice whether presenting large corporations or individual clients.

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More on Philip A. Gunn:

Age: 47

Birthplace: Hattiesburg

Family: Wife, Lisa; children, Meredith, Andrew, Alex and John David

Hobbies: Hunting, golf, watching kids play baseball

Currently donates time to: Morrison Baptist Church, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Role model: I like the biblical account of the life of Joseph in the Old Testament. His life sets the example of faithfulness and endurance for which we should all strive

Personality trait that serves him best at job: I like to make friendships

What drives to succeed: A desire to improve the quality of life for those I serve

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