Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP
Over the past 17 years Samuel David Habeeb, a partner with Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP, Jackson, has developed expertise in defense of medical malpractice and toxic tort litigation such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, silicosis and benzene related disease litigation. He serves as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer and its affiliated companies. His job is to lead and work with lawyers in various states around the country in litigation in which this client is pursued.
Beginning early in his career Habeeb was lead counsel in several trials, achieving jury verdicts in favor of his clients.
“It takes thorough preparation,” Habeeb said of the results he has achieved. Habeeb has led a team of attorneys and support staff defending several products liability cases.
“My team was lead counsel in 30 toxic tort cases involving thousands of plaintiffs,” Habeeb said. “Also, our section in the firm has successfully achieved dismissals of a very large volume of these cases.”
Today Habeeb focuses on national coordinating counsel work.
“We have achieved outstanding results in the Federal Asbestos MDL 875 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where more than 100,000 plaintiffs from across the country were consolidated but inactive for almost an entire decade. In the past year or so, we won a series of court orders compelling the plaintiffs’ attorneys to either dismiss the claims or show the Court a basis for their claims. This resulted in the dismissal of a majority of these lawsuits nationwide, including numerous cases which originated in Mississippi.”
Habeeb also has experience as a municipal and county judge conducting numerous trials involving criminal, civil and youth court cases.
“The most significant professional accomplishment of mine occurred while I was a Youth Court Judge in Warren County,” Habeeb said. “Hundreds of troubled minors came through my courtroom and I often wondered whether the penalties, such as training school, would change each child’s life. Eventually, I came to realize that if what we did in Youth Court changed the life of just one of the hundreds of children, then it was all worth it.”
Habeeb is a three-time recipient of the Terex Corporation Outstanding Products Liability Counsel Award and was awarded the Mississippi Bar Distinguished Service Award in 1998.
More on Samuel D. Habeeb:
Family: Wife, Anne; two children
Hobbies: Tennis, working in the yard, playing with my children
Lawyer to have lunch with: Chief Justice John Roberts
Best lawyer movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Fantasy job: Custom furniture craftsman
Personality trait that serves him best at job: Thoroughness; attention to detail
One word that describes him: Facilitator
What drives to succeed: Micah 6:8 “…but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.”
First job: I worked as a stock-boy when I was 16 for The Office Supply Company
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