Margaret Sams Gratz



Margaret Gratz works with her clients to achieve the best results for them while considering both their long-term business goals and the litigation immediately at hand. Her practice focuses primarily on nursing home defense, commercial disputes, employment litigation and other complex litigation matters. Ms. Gratz has represented corporate clients, businesses and insurance companies in the state and federal courts of Mississippi and Tennessee.



  • University of Mississippi School of Law,  Juris Doctor, 1998
  • William Woods University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1994


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Member
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Ethics Committee Member
  • The Mississippi Bar Association, Former Director at Large – Young Lawyers Division
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Lee County Bar Association, Former President
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Editorial Board

Professional Acknowledgments

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018
  • Governor’s Judicial Advisory Committee, 2012-2018
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy, Participant

Case History

  • Fowler v. Sanctuary Hospice House, Inc., et al., 85 So. 3d 287 (Miss. 2012).
  • Whitaker v. Limeco Corp., 32 So 3d 429 (Miss. 2010).
  • Fletcher v. Limeco Corp., 996 So. 2d 773 (Miss. 2008).
  • Smith ex rel. Smith v. Gilmore Memorial Hospital, 952 So. 2d 177 (Miss. 2007).
  • Butler-Mitchell v. Magnolia Regional Health Services, Inc., 2007 WL 118915 (N.D. Miss. 2007).
  • Harris v. International Truck and Engine Corp., 912 So. 2d 1101 (Miss. App. 2005).
  • Olexy v. Interstate Assurance Co., 113 F. Supp. 2d 1045 (S.D. Miss. 2000).


  • Damages Chapter, Mississippi Encyclopedia of Law (2001 ed.)
  • “Don’t Forget the Statutes of Repose,” MDLA Quarterly, Winter 2006
  • “A General Litigation Outline,” MDLA Quarterly, Summer 2008
  • “A General Civil Trial Outline, Parts I and II,” The MDLA Quarterly, Winter 2010
  • Speaker, Premises Liability in Mississippi, Lorman Educational Services, Jackson, MS, 2003;
  • Speaker, Medical Records Seminar, Tupelo, MS, 2009

Previous Employment

  • United States District Judge Glen H. Davidson Law Clerk (1998-99)
  • Butler Snow Law Firm (1999-2004)

Court Admissions

  • All state and federal courts, Mississippi and Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Pro Bono Work

  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Member


  • First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Elder and Sunday School Teacher
  • Church After School Association (CASA) Board of Directors
  • Junior Auxillary of Tupelo, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi – 1998
  • Tennessee – 2004


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