Heyl Royster

M. Garner Berry

Practice Groups:


Employment & Labor

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Medical Malpractice Defense

Product Liability

Business Organizations & Transactions

Appellate Advocacy

Office Locations:

Ridgeland (Jackson), MS

Phone: 800.642.7471

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  • Juris Doctor, University of Mississippi School of Law, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and Psychology (cum laude), University of Mississippi, 1999

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Heyl Royster



M. Garner Berry (Office Managing Partner)


Garner Berry is an attorney at Heyl Royster law firm in Jackson, Mississippi, where he practices throughout the state, as well as the southeastern region, with an emphasis on transportation/trucking defense. He has devoted himself to the industry and expanded his representation to include matters involving broker liability, cargo claims, corporate structuring, insurance coverage issues, contract review/formation, employment matters and worker’s compensation, all within the transportation industry. Garner also has extensive experience in general litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, appellate procedure, corporate transactions, and e-discovery.

Garner joined Heyl Royster in 2019 from a successful, well-respected Mississippi based law firm in which he was a shareholder. Garner has developed an extensive civil litigation practice primarily focused in transportation and trucking defense, but also involving many other areas of the law. He has tried many cases to verdict and is a highly respected trucking lawyer in the State of Mississippi.

Garner is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell; a Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2009-2018); a Best Lawyer; and in 2013 was a top rated lawyer in Transportation according to American Lawyer. He is a repeat writer and presenter for the Defense Research Institute (DRI). In addition, he is intimately involved with the Mississippi Trucking Association, including its Maintenance and Safety Council, and is active within the DRI Trucking Committee where he holds leadership positions. Garner graduated, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and also earned Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Significant Cases

  • Smith v. Federal Cleaning Contractors 126 Fed. Appx. 672 (5th Cir. 2005)
  • Booker v. Hadley Slip Copy, Civil Action No. 2:08-cv-00172-KS-MTP (S.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Cockrell v. Peerless Chain Co. Civil Action No. 3:06CV521 DPJ-JCS (S.D. Miss. 2009)


  • "Opinion: Share the Message of Trucking's Importance," American Transportation Association, Transport Topics (2017)
  • "Survival of the Fittest: Transportation Contracts, Indemnity Provisions, and Additional Insured Endorsements," DRI, For the Defense (2014)
  • "The Ninja Trilogy: Interplay Between Shippers, Brokers and Carriers," DRI, For the Defense: In Transit (2014)
  • "Industry Can’t Hide from E-Discovery," DRI, For the Defense: In Transit (2010)
  • Products Liability Annual Seminar Case Law Update, DRI (2010)
  • "Electronic Discovery Best Practices and Quick Reference Guide," Daniel, Coker, Horton & Bell, P.A., E-Discovery Committee (2009)
  • "Product Liability Law," ALFA International Compendium, Mississippi Section (2009)
  • "Long-term Care Licensure and Related Requirements: A Fifty States Survey," ALFA International Compendium, Mississippi Section (2005)

Public Speaking

  • “Pitfalls of CDL and Training Manuals”
    Trucking Boot Camp for the Claims Professional XIV Seminars 2022
  • “Driver Handbooks, CDL Manuals and Driver Training Resources: Strategies in Handling Plaintiffs Use of These Materials, Defeating the Reptile and Avoiding the Nuclear Verdict”
    American Trucking Association 2021
  • “Nuclear Verdicts and How to Avoid Them”
    2019 Cottingham & Butler Transportation Safety Workshop
  • “Cross-Examination of the Sympathetic Plaintiff”
    DRI Seminar - Big Rig Meets the Court Room 2019
  • “Kumbaya: Interaction Between Carriers, Shippers and Brokers”
    DRI Annual Conference, Trucking Meeting 2018
  • “Kumbaya: Interaction Between Carriers, Shippers and Brokers”
    Total Transportation of MS Customer Summit 2017
  • “Trials in Trucking”
    Mississippi Trucking Association Annual Conference 2016
  • “Why We Love the Trucking Industry and You Should, Too”
    Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Seminar 2016
  • “Trucking Mock Trial Presentation”
    Mississippi Trucking Association Annual Conference 2014
  • “Navigating the Maze of Health Care Reform for Trucking Companies”
    Mississippi Trucking Association Annual Conference 2013
  • “Bad Faith Best Practices and How to Avoid the Inevitable”
    An Analysis of Mississippi Worker's Compensation Law Annual Seminar 2012

Professional Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rating – Martindale Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2018
  • Best Lawyers
  • American Lawyer, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer, Transportation

Professional Associations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Trucking Association
    • Safety Council
    • Maintenance Council
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Transportation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
    • DRI Trucking Law Committee
      • 2020 Program Vice Chair
      • Marketing Chair
      • Online Community Chair
      • Young Lawyers Substantive Liason
      • Young Lawyers Substantive Vice-Liason

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Mississippi
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • United State District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit