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 requested that the responsibilities be assumed by another. 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.
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.
Jim is currently serving as the Chairman of DRI’s Workers’ Compensation Community, a role he assumed in October 2021. He is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and serves on its Board of Governors. He is currently serving as Treasurer for the Board.
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 served as Chairman of the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference from 2008 through 2021.
Jim has brought to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference a variety of opportunities to celebrate what is good about those involved in workers’ compensation. He spearheaded the establishment of the Ken Perry Professionalism Award to recognize a workers’ compensation claimant or defense lawyer who has exercised civility, professionalism, and integrity throughout his or her career; the Sam Cox Spirit Award to honor a non-attorney who works primarily in the workers’ compensation arena who exemplifies enthusiasm and passion for doing good work within the workers’ compensation community; the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame to honor those who have devoted a substantial portion of their careers to workers’ compensation in Mississippi; the Recovery & Return Award which is given to an injured worker who has demonstrated exceptional motivation to obtain physical recovery and a return to the productive workforce; and, in cooperation with the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI), an award recognizing Mississippi’s Outstanding Employer in Workers’ Compensation.
Jim is author of and senior editor of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Claims Guide, now in its 5th 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.
In addition to his work with the MWCEA, he is an active participant in the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) in Orlando, Florida where he co-chairs the National Workers’ Compensation Review, an organization offering high level and cutting edge programming designed to serve the intersection of industry, medicine and law. He and his firm also represents Mississippi in the Multi-State program at WCI which operates as the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, an organization that offers other programming and training for multi-state adjusters and other claims professionals.
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 served 9 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He served as Chairman of that Board in 2015 and 2016.
He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Faith Based Claims Association which was founded by Bill Pipkin and Dr. Chris Brigham. The FBCA began life at WCI in Orlando, and he has facilitated its expansion to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and other regional and national conferences.