Mike Wallace was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1976 and is a partner in the Jackson office. His practice is concentrated in commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He also has wide experience in litigating constitutional claims and election disputes. Mike served as a law clerk for Justice Harry G. Walker, Supreme Court of Mississippi, from 1976-1977, and to Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, from 1977-1978. From 1980-1983 he served as counsel to Trent Lott, who was then the Republican Whip of the United States House of Representatives. In 1999, he served as Special Impeachment Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Lott for the impeachment trial of President Clinton. He is general counsel of the Mississippi Republican Party.
Additional Notable Cases & Professional Accomplishments
EEOC v. Southern Farm Bureau Cas. Ins. Co., 271 F.3d 209 (5th Cir. 2001). Represented employer in successfully arguing for affirmance of order quashing federal subpoena in administrative discrimination investigation.
Horne v. Time Warner Operations, Inc., 119 F.Supp. 2d 624 (S.D. Miss. 1999). Secured dismissal, affirmed on appeal by Fifth Circuit, of class action to recover late fees charged by cable television operators.
Bank of Mississippi Life & Health Ins. Guar. Ass’n., 730 So. 2d 49 (Miss. 1998). Represented the trustee of a retirement fund which owned an insurance policy issued by an insolvent company. Reversal of a judgment approving the state guaranty association's denial of coverage was secured, and seven figures were recovered on remand.
Obtained seven-figure settlement from government on hospital administrative appeal of
Pro-Choice Mississippi v. Fordice, 716 So. 2d 645 (Miss. 1998). Represented the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Department of Health in successfully defending against a constitutional challenge to Mississippi's statutes
Burrell v. Mississippi State Tax Comm., 536 So. 2d 848 (Miss 1988). Represented a county board of supervisors which had been deprived by statute of the power to tax a nuclear power plant in the county. Persuaded the Supreme Court to remand the case for a new trial on federal constitutional grounds. After retrial, the case was settled, with the legislature granting the county the authority to collect millions of dollars annually in tax revenues from the plant.
Secured a defense judgment for insurance company at trial against a claim to recover attorneys' fees and expenses under a directors and officers policy. The district court concluded that the insured had failed to prove that the claimed expenses were reasonable and necessary.
In re Corr-Williams Tobacco Co., 691 So. 2d 424 (Miss. 1997). Represented tobacco company and presented oral argument on behalf of all defendants seeking a writ of prohibition to block the Attorney General from pursuing his claim to recover Medicaid funds. By a 6-1 vote, the Supreme Court refused to determine the Attorney General's legal authority to proceed until after the rendition of the final judgment.
Allen v. R&H Oil & Gas Co., 63 F.3d 1326 (5th Cir. 1995). Persuaded the Fifth Circuit that the total amount of punitive damages sought by multiple plaintiffs under Mississippi law should be attributable to each individual plaintiff for purposes of computing the amount in controversy, thereby establishing federal removal jurisdiction over claims resulting from a gas well blow-out.
Fordice v. Thomas, 649 So. 2d 835 (Miss. 1995). Represented Governor in one of the first reported decisions under the Mississippi Administrative Procedures Law. The Supreme Court agreed that the Governor is not properly subject to a writ of mandamus, and it removed certain restrictions imposed by injunction against the Department of Environmental Quality.
In re McMillin, 642 So. 2d 1136 (Miss. 1994). Represented political party and persuaded the Supreme Court to issue a writ of prohibition precluding a trial court from enjoining the conduct of elections for the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Morley v. Jackson Redevelopment Authority, 632 So. 2d 1284 (Miss. 1994). Secured reversal of an eminent domain judgment which had temporarily seized possession of a historic hotel in downtown Jackson.
Alexandria Associates, Ltd. v. Mitchell Co., 2 F.3d 598 (5th Cir. 1993). Secured reversal of summary judgment in a securities action. The case was settled favorably for client during trial on remand.