Alex Purvis is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, and a significant portion of his practice relates to insurance coverage as a member of the Policyholder Insurance Coverage team. Alex has worked on complex first- and third-party coverage disputes since law school, and he has been recognized in this area by Super Lawyers magazine since 2010. His experience allows him to assist clients with the new and complex insurance issues arising in the data privacy and data breach arenas. Most companies face data breach claims without any cyber liability insurance, but they may have access to coverage under their traditional insurance portfolio.
As a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), Alex frequently assists commercial policyholders in evaluating and pursuing their claims, using established rules and tools that apply equally to data breach coverage. He takes pride in working closely with the client to identify goals early in the process and execute an action plan that gets results in an efficient manner. Because of his in-depth experience with the insurance industry, Alex understands all perspectives in the dispute and is well-equipped to identify creative solutions beyond litigation. At the same time, Alex is a trial litigator with experience in all stages of litigation and can pursue coverage rights in court when necessary.
Listed in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2019-2022 Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Insurance Law, 2016-2023 Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2016-2023 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2018-2023 Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," Insurance Coverage, 2010, 2012-2016 Listed in Portico Jackson magazine, "Portico 10," 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated Listed in Benchmark Litigation "Future Star," Mississippi, 2016-2021 "Litigation Star", 2023 Listed in Mississippi Business Journal "Leader in Law," 2015 Top 50 under 40, 2015 Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, Fellow American College of Coverage Counsel, Fellow Adams v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al., WL 1791373 (S.D. Miss. April 19, 2013) Obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal for Energizer Holdings, Inc., Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc., and Energizer Battery, Inc. in products liability action seeking compensatory and punitive damages for alleged injuries sustained by individual after handling allegedly defective batteries. Conwill v. Marsh & McLennan Co., Inc., 2010 WL 2400423 (S.D. Miss. June 11, 2010) Obtained summary judgment for Marsh USA, Inc. and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. against a $5.2 million claim arising from Hurricane Katrina. Delta & Pine Land Co. v. Nationwide Ins., 520 F.3d 395 (5th Cir. 2008) Reversal by Fifth Circuit in third-party coverage dispute arising under CGL policy for seed manufacturer. Great American Insurance Company of New York v. Lowry Development, LLC, 2007 WL 4268776 (S.D. Miss. 2007) Key spoliation ruling in coverage dispute arising out of Hurricane Katrina. Great American Insurance Company of New York v. Lowry Development, LLC, 576 F.3d 251 (5th Cir. 2009) Successfully represented Great American Insurance Company in its appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from an adverse jury verdict in an insurance coverage dispute. The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of summary judgment, finding no wind coverage for the destruction of a condominium complex in Hurricane Katrina. National Casualty Co. v. Franklin County, Miss., 2010 WL 1780197 (S.D. Miss. April 29, 2010) Obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal for Franklin County and the Franklin County Board of Supervisors of insurance company’s action seeking declaratory judgment that it had no duty to defend or indemnify Franklin County against a lawsuit under a law enforcement liability policy. The underlying lawsuit alleged violations of 28 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983, and 1985(3) and arose out of alleged actions and omissions of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in the 1960s. Nichols v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., 2007 WL 2475934 (N.D. Miss. 2007) Improper joinder removal opinion in products liability action.