Michael E. Whitehead

Michael Whitehead is a member of the firm. He is a native Mississippian, born January 20 1965. He has been with the firm since 1992. He is married to Cheryl Waltman.

Michael has been involved a broad spectrum of complex cases ranging from global warming, chemical exposure, environmental litigation, and groundwater pollution to lender liability and valuation issues following the 2008 economic downturn. Following the 2008 economic downturn, Michael coordinated multi-state asset recovery for financial institutions. He takes a practical approach to solving clients’ problems. Michael has been instrumental in obtaining Lone Pine orders in chemical exposure cases and in significantly lower claims rates for certain mass tort defendants by closely scrutinizing the number and type of claims and shedding light on why the claim numbers do not fit with the expected incidence of disease. Michael takes a practical approach to clients’ problems and attempts economically reach a conclusion within the client’s goals.

Outside of the practice of law, Michael operates a family owned business which gives him a unique perspective of what clients face when dealing with legal issues. Michael is also the President of The Whitehead Foundation, Inc.; a charitable trust assisting mentally handicapped children and adults.

Admissions and Licenses

Mississippi Bar Association, 1990

U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1990

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990

Practice Areas

Asbestos defense

Flood/ catastrophe related litigation

First party and third party insurance claims

Construction defect

Commercial litigation including lender liability claim defense

Dram Shop Claims

Premises liability

Products liability

Personal injury including tractor/trailer litigation

Trespass and Nuisance claims


Municipal liability


Guaranty Litigation

Real Estate and Real Estate Disputes

Commercial Leases


Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott PLLC, Member

Intern, DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office, DeKalb County, Georgia

Kings Inn Motel Inc. (President)

The Whitehead Foundation (President)


Emory School of Law, LLM (Litigation) Cum Laude, 1992

University of Mississippi, Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, 1990

University of South Alabama, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1988

Professional and Civic Involvement

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute


Representative Cases

  • Grissom v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 678 F.3d 397 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 718 F.3d 460 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • ITL International, Inc. v. Café Soluble S.A., 464 Fed. Appx. 241 (5th Cir. 2012)

Outside of the office

Michael enjoys golf, fishing, and fantasy football

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