Samuel D. Habeeb
Sam Habeeb has a multi-faceted practice in many areas of litigation. He represents clients in a diverse range of legal matters, including insurance defense, commercial litigation, premises liability, construction defect and litigation, professional liability, contractor liability, product liability, and trucking/transportation liability.
In addition to serving as national counsel for a diversified global equipment manufacturer, Sam defends insurance carriers, self-insured organizations, property owners, manufacturers, construction companies, and trucking companies in a variety of general liability defense and toxic tort matters. He helps his clients navigate large exposure situations through aggressive litigation advocacy and representation in dispute resolution. Sam is also a certified mediator.
An experienced trial attorney, Sam has achieved successful verdicts and appellate rulings as lead counsel representing medical providers and product manufacturers. As lead oral argument counsel, he has received successful decisions in appellate courts. He received successful verdicts as trial counsel in cases including:
- Walters v. Rehability - Warren County Circuit Court (Lead trial counsel representing Physical Therapy corporation in alleged malpractice case)
- Rucksduhl v. Field Memorial Hospital - U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miss. (co-trial counsel representing Community Hospital)
- Jones v. Vicksburg - Administrative Board and Warren County Circuit Court (lead counsel representing local business in re-zoning litigation)
- Schwab v. United States - U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miss. (lead trial counsel in Federal Tort Claim Act case)
Sam has extensive appellate experience, serving as lead oral argument counsel in various cases. He has achieved successful decisions in appellate courts, including the following exemplary cases:
- Crossfield Products Corp. v. Irby, et al., 910 So. 2d 498 (Miss. Sup. Ct. 2005)
- City of Belmont, et al., v. State Tax Comm'n, 860 So. 2d 289 (Miss. Sup. Ct. 2003)
- Steele v. Inn of Vicksburg, 697 So. 2d 373 (Miss. 1997)
Sam achieved a successful summary judgment in U.S. District Court in 2020 in favor of a client, an equipment manufacturer, in a case involving lack of proof of specific exposure to asbestos by a plaintiff who worked at site whose records indicated that manufacturer's presence at worksite. Plaintiff argued that the testimony of exposure to that manufacturer’s type of product, coupled with the worksite’s records, was sufficient to have the case decided by a jury. However, Sam successfully won a Court decision granting Summary Judgment in favor of the product manufacturer, holding that such presence at the worksite did not meet plaintiff’s burden of proof.
Rounding out his capabilities is Sam’s efforts to give back to the community. In 2002, Sam served as Special Judge of the County Court of Warren County, having been appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court as. He also served as a Municipal Court Judge from 2006-2014 for the City of Clinton. Between 1997 and 2001, he served his hometown of Vicksburg as a city commissioner, which included serving as city fire and ambulance commissioner. Sam enjoys community service and has served on the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Mississippi, and as a member of St. Peter Orthodox Christian Church.
- Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished AV™ Peer Review Rated
- Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2021
- Included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
- Included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
- Mississippi Bar Distinguished Service Award
- Outstanding National Product Liability Counsel Award
- Top 50 Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal (2010)
- Co-recipient of Angel Award by the Jackson Center for Violence Prevention
- Co-Author, "Recent Food Packaging Lawsuits Against Fast Food Giants are Supersizing PFAS Litigation,"The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, April 22, 2022.
- Author, "Will 'Waters of the United States' Drown Private Property in More Regulation in 2022?," The Environmental and Toxic Tort Advisor, March 21, 2022.
- Author, "PFAS: 2022 Trending Towards a Major Turning Point in Regulation and Litigation," HarrisMartin’s Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation Report, January 2022.
- Author, "PFAS: 2022 Trending Towards a Major Turning Point in Regulation and Litigation," Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee, December 2021.
- Author, "Will Forever Chemicals, PFAS, Lead to Never-Ending Lawsuits?," Claims Journal, November 17, 2021.
- Author, "Will Forever Chemicals, PFAS, Lead to Never-Ending Lawsuits?,” Insurance Journal, November 16, 2021.
- Seminar speaker, Legal and Ethical Challenges in Young Mesothelioma Cases, September 2020, Perrin Conferences
- "Communication at Trial and Jury Selection," AEM Product Liability Seminar
- The Mississippi Bar (Bench-Bar Liaison Committee)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Mississippi, Board of Directors
- Special Olympics
- Rotary Club
- University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D.)
- University of Mississippi (B.A. in Mathematics, magna cum laude)
- District of Columbia