Rick Yarborough, a shareholder in the Firm's Jackson, Mississippi office, has extensive trial experience in the defense of civil litigation. Mr. Yarborough has tried over 80 cases to jury verdict in 25 different counties in federal and state courts in Mississippi. He was board certified in civil trial practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (www.nbtanet.org) in 1995 and re-certified in 2000 and 2005. After a varied career in civil litigation, he now focuses his practice on defending toxic tort/chemical exposure/blood disorder cases including claims involving benzene, toluene, xylene and other organic solvents, chlorinated hydrocarbons, PCB, dioxin, pentachlorophenol, arsenic, manganese, lead, mercury, chromated copper arsenate, asbestos, silica and pharmaceuticals. After obtaining a double major in Chemistry and Biology in undergraduate school, Mr. Yarborough also took additional graduate-level courses in biochemistry, toxicology and pharmacology. He formerly worked as a certified medical technician and was director of the blood chemistry laboratory of a large South Mississippi hospital.