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Jonathan P. Dyal

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  • Mississippi College School of Law
    J.D., 1998, Moot Court Board
  • Mississippi State University
    B.A., Political Science, 1995
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1998
About Jonathan
Jonathan Dyal is 'a tenacious advocate - like a dog with a bone.

- Chambers USA

  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I represent electric utilities, casinos, physicians in business disputes, and landowners. I also represent debt collection companies in FDCPA, FCRA, and identity theft disputes. I am called upon to represent clients in bet the company cases.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • What legal challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

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  • Upon completion of jurisdictional discovery, United States District Court dismissal of a $650 million lawsuit in favor of 11 clients for claims of defamation, breach of contract, loss of business opportunity and civil conspiracy. (2021)
  • Following an 8-day in person trial during COVID, unanimous decision rendered by 3-person commercial arbitration panel under the AAA in favor of client for $0 whereby Plaintiffs sought $143 million in damages for fraud. (2020)
  • Mississippi Supreme Court decision in favor of client regarding Surface Mining Act whereby landowners were seeking more than $400 million in damages. (2019)
  • Dismissal of fraud allegations brought by Michael Avenatti seeking more than $1 billion in damages against client. (2017)
  • Jury verdict for homeowners against State Farm resulting from a tornado. (2015)
  • Bench verdict invalidating covenant not to compete against two gynecologists. (2015)
  • Bench verdict in favor of an individual Chief Financial Officer invalidating a covenant not to compete in the ATM industry. (2008); Bench verdict enforcing covenant not to compete and Mississippi Trade Secrets Act against former Chief Financial Officer and employee of PSLNA. (2013); Judgment following bench trial enforcing covenant not to compete and Mississippi Trade Secrets Act against former employees of Canon Solutions America, Inc. (2014)
  • Jury verdict (all-female Jury) for an engineering firm against developer. (2013)
  • Jury verdict in favor of landowner for approximately $1,800,000 against the Mississippi Department of Transportation Commission in an eminent domain proceeding. (2011)
  • Jury verdict of $0 in defense of physician resulting from claims by former partners for breach of covenant not to compete and breach of fiduciary duty.  Jury Verdict of $1,089,000 on behalf of physician against former partners resulting from breach of contract. (2011)
  • Arbitration award of $57,033,510 on behalf of the Mississippi State Port Authority against the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C.  (FEMA offered 44 million prior to arbitration). (2010)
  • Bench verdict in favor of a construction company resulting from alleged construction defects (damages and attorneys' fees awarded to client).  (2008)  Bench verdict was upheld by the Mississippi Court of Appeals in favor of client. (2010)
  • Jonathan successfully argued summary judgment motions in Federal Court resulting in the dismissal of approximately 100 hurricane related property claims against Crowley Liner Services in which 18 wheeler containers were washed ashore during Hurricane Katrina. (2008)
  • Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jonathan obtained over $170 million in insurance proceeds on behalf of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel to rebuild. (2008)



    • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1998, Moot Court Board
    • Mississippi State University, B.A., Political Science, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1998
    • Mississippi Supreme Court, 1998
    Bar Admissions
    • Mississippi, 1998
    Professional Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • Mississippi Bar Association
    • Harrison County Bar Association
    Awards & Accolades
    • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers
    • Eagle Scout
    • Coca-Cola National Leadership Scholar
    Community Involvement
    • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scout Leader
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, Walter J. Gex III, 1998 - 2001