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  • Walter W. Dukes President | Shareholder | Director
  • Phone: 228-868-1111

    Fax: 228-863-2886

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Walter Dukes is President, founding member and Senior share-holder of Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A., which has offices in Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  He received a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Juris Doctorate from The Jackson School of Law at Mississippi College.

Walter brings first-chair practice in all aspects of jury and bench litigation, appellate practice, and mediation.  His thirty-five years of experience in the courtroom has led to him handling complex cases in the field of product liability; where he has tried cases and participated in trials to verdict in West Virginia and Texas, as well as in Mississippi.  Mr. Dukes also has an extensive practice in the areas of medical negligence, premises security, trucking and other complex cases.

Active in various defense and insurance organizations, Walter holds membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is composed of leaders in legal communities worldwide and in which he serves on the Board of Directors.  Membership in the FDCC is held exclusively for those who have been judged by their peers who have achieved professional distinction.  He has served as Program Chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting, and  has been selected to serve as Convention Chair for the 2015 FDCC Winter Meeting.  Walter is also a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honor society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Walter is honored to be a Fellow of The Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Walter’s practice areas include a broad general insurance defense practice, although he specializes  in the defense of catastrophic claims involving wrongful death, burns, paralysis, amputation and sexual assault arising out of MCU claims in the field of premises security, trucking and product liability.  He also works closely with the medical profession in connection with his defense of medical negligence claims on behalf of one of the largest trauma centers in the Southeast.   Walter also defends police officers and municipalities.

Community and civic involvement are very important in Walter’s life. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Police Athletic League, which is dedicated to help at risk children with after school tutoring and other activities in a safe environment.

Walter is married to the former Carolyn Elaine Wiggs of Butler, Alabama; and they have two children, Jessica and Bill, and three granddaughters. Walter and his family are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Walter serves as an Elder on the Session.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1983

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Zurich North America, Panel Counsel
  • CNA, Panel Counsel
  • ACE-INA, Panel Counsel
  • Western World Insurance Co., Panel Counsel
  • Forrest General Hospital
  • MBIS
  • Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI)


  • Business References Available Upon Request


  • Ethics in Mass Tort Litigation, FDCC, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” Rating
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007
  • FDCC Joseph R. Olshan Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award

Past Employment Positions

  • Dukes, Carruba and Dukes, Partner, 1980 – 1983
  • Daniel, Coker, Horton, Bell and Dukes, Attorney, 1978 – 1980

Pro Bono Activities

  • Serve as Counsel For Police Athletic League of Gulfport Which Provides Assistance and Support To At-Risk Children and Teenagers, 2008 – Present
Areas of Practice
  • Education Law
  • Public Schools
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Government Agencies & Programs
  • State & Local Agencies
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Nursing Home
  • Insurance Defense
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Assault & Battery -- Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense
  • Premises Liability -- Defense
  • Slip and Fall -- Defense
  • Wrongful Death -- Defense
  • Products Liability Law
  • Asbestos
  • Firearms
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Recreational Products
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law
  • Trucking
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1978
  • S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1978
  • S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1979
  • S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Vice Chair, Projects and Objectives Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Chair, State Representatives
  • CLM Alliance
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • D. (Cum Laude)
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
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