Railroad Law: George H. Ritter and Charles H. Russell III

Practice Overview

Wise Carter has served as counsel to some of the nation’s leading railroads for over a hundred years. Our “well known railroad expertise”, noted by Chambers USA, is the largest and most diversified in the state and includes clients such as Illinois Central Railroad Company, CN, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, and National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak). Our Firm’s railroad attorneys are experienced in the defense of Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims, grade crossing accident claims, environmental law claims, derailment and trespasser litigation, toxic tort claims, occupational injuries, alleged cumulative trauma claims, asbestos and silicosis claims, and hearing loss litigation. We also serve clients in connection with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) investigations, FRSA whistleblower claims, derailment investigations, real estate law, arbitrations, commercial disputes, contract negotiations and disputes, employment and labor claims, environmental law, insurance claims, crossing agreements and closures, and local, state, and federal governmental regulatory issues.


Featured Attorneys

George H. Ritter is a shareholder based in the Firm’s Jackson office. George has been listed as a leading attorney in The Best Lawyers in America for Railroad Law and was named Jackson area “2014 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law” by Mid-South Super Lawyers. George has over 20 years of experience in the area of civil defense litigation, with an emphasis in railroad law. He has extensive experience in crossing accident and FELA litigation for railroad clients and also represents clients in general personal injury litigation including industrial accidents, fires, explosions, bad faith insurance and products liability claims. George received his B.A., cum laude, and J.D. from The University of Mississippi, where he was Research Editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi, and member of the National Honor Society.


Charles H. Russell III is a shareholder in the Firm’s Jackson office and has been listed as a leading attorney in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Charles’ practice is concentrated on railroad, transportation and general litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has extensive experience in litigating railroad claims. Charles has obtained defense verdicts, summary judgments and other successful outcomes for his clients in Mississippi State and Federal courts. He also has wide experience coordinating the national defense of specific types of railroad claims filed pursuant to the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Charles received his B.A. from The University of Mississippi and J.D., magna cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law, where he served as a member and Articles Editor for the Mississippi College Law Review.

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