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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., located in Gulfport, 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-nine 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 premises liability, security, trucking and construction and complex litigation.

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 has served on the Board of Directors and has spoken on many complex issues.  Membership in the FDCC is held exclusively for those who have been judged by their peers who have achieved professional distinction.  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 assault arising out of claims in the fields of premises security, trucking and auto defense, 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.

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

Year Joined Firm

  • 1983

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Vo v. Hancock County, 989 So. 2d 414 (Miss. 2008)
  • Estate of Hazelton v. Cain, 950 So. 2d 231 (Miss. 2007)
  • Hayes v. Greene County, 932 So. 2d 831 (Miss. 2005)
  • Satchfield v. R.R. Morrison & Son, Inc., 872 So. 2d 661 (Miss. 2004)
  • Dowdle Butane Gas Co. v. Moore, 831 So. 2d 1124 (Miss. 2002)
  • Speed v. Scott, 787 So. 2d 626 (Miss. 2001)
  • Western World Ins. Co. v. Fernandez (U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16690 2000)

Representative Clients

  • Zurich North America, Panel Counsel
  • CNA, Panel Counsel
  • ACE-INA, Panel Counsel
  • Western World Insurance Co., Panel Counsel
  • MBIS
  • Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI)
  • Gallagher Bassett Services
  • State Auto Insurance Co.
  • Berkley Southeast Insurance Co.

References

  • Business References Available Upon Request

Classes/Seminars

  • Ethics in Mass Tort Litigation, FDCC, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” Rated
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2018
  • FDCC Joseph R. Olshan Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Attorneys in Mississippi
  • Former USM Foundation Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

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 – 2014.
Areas of Practice
  • Education Law
  • Public Schools
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Complex Litigation
  • 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
  • Firearms
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Recreational Products
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law
  • Trucking
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • CLM Alliance
  • Litigation Counsel of America
Education
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. (Cum Laude)
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    • B.A.
    • with honors
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