Jim Anderson is the Senior Founding Member of Anderson Crawley & Burke, PLLC, a law firm headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He served as Managing Member of the firm from its inception until December 31, 2017 when he chose to delegate the role to a younger Member. Under his leadership, the firm established a solid reputation as the leading firm in Mississippi for the representation of Employers/Carriers in workers’ compensation matters as well as other areas of practice in the insurance defense arena. Now 17 lawyers strong, the firm continues to grow its status and areas of influence in the representation of businesses and governmental entities within its areas of practice.
Jim is a member of the Mississippi Bar, is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Mississippi and the United States Supreme Court. A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (BS, 1971) and an honors graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law (JD, 1978), Mr. Anderson is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Mississippi Bar and has been active in regulatory reform related to workers’ compensation issues.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of and Past-President of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, Inc. (MWCEA), the entity which works closely with the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission in presenting the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and other educational efforts focused on workers’ compensation issues. He has served as Chairman of the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference since 2008.
Jim is author of and senior editor of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Claims Guide, now in its 4th Edition. It is a guide for claims and other professionals on Mississippi workers’ compensation claims handling and he donated it to the MWCEA for general distribution to the public. He also has prepared and donated to the MWCEA a “cheat sheet” for adjusters relating to the basics of the Mississippi workers’ compensation law which the Commission distributes at the annual conference.
In addition to his work with the MWCEA, he is an active participant in the Workers’ Compensation Institute in Orlando, Florida where he co-chairs the National Workers’ Compensation Review and represents Mississippi in the Multi-State program. Jim is a regular speaker at national workers’ compensation conferences for organizations such as the DRI and the CLM, and he has been a faculty member for numerous seminars and programs relating to workers’ compensation and other employment related issues throughout his career. Beginning in 1998, he developed and continues to offer a series of STAR® (Smart, Timely, Assertive, and Reasonable) training seminars to the workers’ compensation claims community regarding the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law.
Jim is the author of “Is it Time for a Model Worker’s Compensation Act?”, a look at political and legal developments over the past several years suggesting the possibility of a takeover of workers’ compensation systems by the Federal Government without a new focus on standards across the nation. The article was published by the DRI publication For the Defense in December 2017 and the Mississippi Bar publication The Mississippi Lawyer in its Winter 2018 edition and was republished by The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary in their respective newsletters.
Jim is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the College and is Chairman of the Governance Committee for the Board and serves on the Long Range Planning Committee for the Board. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Industry Relations Sub-Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Community within the DRI.
Jim has carried Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) since 1990 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995. He has also been named Lawyer of the Year in Jackson, Mississippi for Workers’ Compensation Law, Employers, by The Best Lawyers in America and in 2012 was named Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi College School of Law for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Community. In 2015, he was awarded the Kenneth G. Perry Professionalism Award, an award given annually by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Mississippi Bar in recognition of Exceptional Professionalism in the practice of workers’ compensation law.
Jim is also a member of, and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is nearing the end of his third three-year term on the Board, the maximum allowed by the Bylaws of the MSAA, and his experience in serving on that Board in a leadership role is one of his most satisfactory accomplishments.