Are you facing a civil lawsuit in Mississippi? Is your insurance company providing — or preparing to provide — your defense under its reservation of rights? If so, trust Michael J. Shemper, PLLC to protect you against litigation. In offering independent counsel services, we help you prepare for any civil litigation you may face with an attorney you can trust to advocate for you.

Have You Heard The Phrase "Moeller Counsel"? What Does It Mean For You?


A 1996 case heard by the Mississippi Supreme Court resulted in a very important precedent. In Moeller v. American Guaranty and Liability Insurance Company, the court acknowledged the conflict of interest that exists when an insurer defends a lawsuit under its reservation of rights. Essentially, the problem recognized was that the insurer could gain access to confidential information about its insured and leverage that information later in a claim denial or coverage denial.

The groundbreaking ruling in this case was that an insured party facing a lawsuit and being defended by an insurance company under a reservation of rights is entitled to choose independent counsel. The insurance company is obligated to pay for what has since become known as "Moeller Counsel."

You Can Choose Your Own Local Attorney For Your Defense In Mississippi


Exercising this right under Mississippi law could prove critical for your financial stability and future. You should identify an attorney you trust to represent your interests with diligence and integrity. Accepting whatever defense the insurance company willingly provides could lead to serious regrets.

Michael J. Shemper is a Hattiesburg attorney providing independent counsel services to insured parties under a wide range of circumstances. He has more than a decade of experience, including many successful high-value settlement negotiations and trials in both state and federal courts along the Gulf Coast.

Protect Your Rights and Learn Your Legal Options


Call 601-545-7787 to schedule a free initial consultation and let's discuss the suit brought against you. When you choose our firm, you will directly work with our respected and trusted attorney, Michael J. Shemper. We represent you in litigation across South Mississippi, representing clients from Meridian to Picayune, Jackson to Pascagoula and points between.