Christopher G. Dunnells

Christopher G. Dunnells is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Christopher was a Centennial Scholar and member of the Ina E. Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2014 and his Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi College in 2015.

In 2020, Christopher became the youngest of only a handful of practicing attorneys in Mississippi to be awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating from both his peers (AV-Preeminent) and his clients (Client Champion Platinum). He has received certifications from both Harvard University and Yale University, is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has received a specialization in “Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution” from Essec Business School.

Christopher is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Transportation Lawyers Association, Rotary Club of Jackson, and the Greater Jackson Chamber, among others. He also coaches the American Association for Justice’s moot court team for Mississippi College School of Law.

Christopher’s practice focuses on general insurance defense, including trucking defense, premises liability, personal injury, and professional malpractice.

He lives in Madison, Mississippi with his wife, Caylan, and son, Jordan.

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Areas of Practice

Insurance Defense, Trucking Defense, Personal Injury, Transportation Law, Commercial Trucking, Premises Liability, Professional Malpractice.

Bar Admissions

Mississippi, 2015
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2015
U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2015
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2015
United States Supreme Court, 2020


Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS, May 2015, MBA
Honors: Cum Laude

Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS, May 2014, JD
Honors: Cum Laude

Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, May 2011, BBA
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Published Works

Combating the use of the CDL manual and federal safety regulations in litigation, American College of Transportation Attorneys, April 2021

Fifth Circuit rejects “fairly lenient” conditional certification standard in FLSA claims, The Transportation Lawyer, April 2021

Risk Mitigation: Limiting Exposure to Sleeper Bert Claims Under the FLSA, The Transportation Lawyer, February 2020

No Duty Owed to Control Third-Party Assailants, The Gavel Strikes, March 2020

Defendants Dismiss Poorly Pled Punitives, The Gavel Strikes, October 2019

The Challenge of Implementing Class Waiver Agreements Where there is a Pending Class or Collective Action, D.R.I., Covered Events, September 2018.

Representative Cases

Swales et al. v. KLLM Transport Services, LLC, 985 F.3d 430 (5th Cir. 2021)

Holland v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 290 So. 3d 1253 (Miss. 2020)

Swales et al. v. KLLM Transport Services, LLC, 410 F. Supp. 3d 786 (S.D. Miss. 2019)

Rasdon v. E 3 Trucking, Inc., 2019 WL 4346576 (N.D. Miss. 2019)

Evans v. Roger’s Trucking, Inc., 2019 WL 5295198 (S.D. Miss. 2019)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Pro Football Writers of America

Pro Bono Activities

Mission First, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi