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James M. Anderson

Company Information

Anderson Crawley & Burke Pllc
216 Draperton Ct
Ridgeland, MS 39157
(601) 500-7477
Member Bio
Jim Anderson is the Senior Founding Member of Anderson Crawley & Burke, pllc, a firm headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a part of the metropolitan Jackson area. A University of Southern Mississippi graduate (BS, 1971, with honors) and Mississippi College School of Law graduate (JD, 1978, Cum Laude). Mr. Anderson’s focus in law practice is in the areas of workers’ compensation litigation, insurance/self-insurance regulation, and mediation. He is an active participant in the Workers' Compensation Community of the DRI and is currently serving as Chairman of the WC Community.

Mr. Anderson is the 2021 Recipient of workcompcentral’s Magna Comp Laude® award.

Mr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, Inc. (MWCEA) since 2006 (President 2010--2012) and has been Program Chairman for the MWCEA’s Annual Conference since 2008. He is a founding member of the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute (WCDI) and presents regularly at the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (WCI) annual conference in Orlando. He is also a co-chair of the National Workers’ Compensation Review which presents a cutting edge program at the WCI annually. He is a fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and is currently on the Board of Governors of the CWCL where he serves as Treasurer. Mr. Anderson has been a faculty member for numerous seminars and programs relating to workers' compensation and other employment and insurance related issues throughout his career.

Mr. Anderson also served on the National Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America ( headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He served as Board Chairman in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Anderson is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Mississippi and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Anderson has carried Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) since 1990; has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995; was named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year—Workers’ Compensation, Employers, Jackson area, in 2012; was named Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi College School of Law in 2012; and is listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of Workers’ Compensation. Mr. Anderson is also a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Council on Litigation Management.
Firm Information
Anderson Crawley & Burke, pllc is a Mississippi law firm headquartered in the metropolitan Jackson, Mississippi area. ACB's attorneys represent businesses, the insurance community, and governmental entities throughout Mississippi in a broad spectrum of practice areas. Representative practice areas include Construction law, Director and Officer Liability, Government torts and Public liability, Health care, Nursing and Pharmacy liability, Labor and Employment law, Medical Device liability, Premises liability, Products liability, Professional liability, Trucking and motor vehicle litigation, and Workers’ Compensation.
ACB was founded in 2003, but the roots of the firm's history run to the 1970's when Jim Anderson, ACB's Managing Member from 2003 through 2017, entered the world of workers' compensation first as a Claims Professional with a national insurer and then as a Claims Supervisor/Administrative Assistant with the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission. Since entering private law practice in 1978, his career has remained focused primarily on workers' compensation issues involving the defense of employers and carriers in litigation, mediation of disputes, and even service as General Counsel for a Mississippi workers' compensation insurer and third party administrator.

Tim Crawley began his career as an attorney on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the 1980's, and his career path has permitted him to try nearly every kind of case for which liability or risk is covered by insurance. The depth of that experience is illustrated by the fact that he has represented civil defendants in litigation in 69 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

Sharkey Burke's career in insurance defense began in the 1990's with Tim's firm, first on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and then in Jackson, and he has excelled in the representation of businesses and governmental entities in a wide variety of disputes throughout Mississippi. Jim and Tim joined as partners in 2001 with another organization, but in 2003, Jim, Tim and Sharkey, along with several other attorneys, established Anderson Crawley & Burke, pllc. Since then, the firm has grown and expanded into the leadership role which it currently enjoys. At present, the firm has 12 attorneys handling matters across the entire State of Mississippi.

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