George H. Ritter


Wise Carter Child & Caraway
401 East Capitol Street
Heritage Building, Suite 600
Jackson, MS 39201

Tel: (601) 968-5526


George has practiced at Wise Carter since he graduated law school in 1986.

Over the years, he has handled various types of litigation including railroad crossing accident and FELA cases, medical malpractice, employment law, “whistle blower” cases, healthcare reimbursement disputes, commercial and contract cases, Medicaid administrative proceedings, and medical staff disputes. He has tried over fifty jury trials as well as numerous administrative and medical staff evidentiary hearings.

Since 2010, he has focused primarily in the representation of hospitals and railroads. He serves as counsel for the Mississippi Hospital Association and numerous hospitals throughout Mississippi. He has handled numerous major Medicaid and reimbursement cases with statewide implications.

He has assisted with drafting significant Mississippi healthcare legislation including the Mississippi medical peer review statutes, amendments to state Medicaid statutes, and legislation establishing the Mississippi Hospital Access Program (MHAP).

In the area of railroad law, he represents Amtrak and Illinois Central Railroad Company d/b/a CN in litigation throughout Mississippi. He speaks regularly at the annual Mississippi Hospital Association Legal Update, the Association of American Railroads, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

He currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors and on numerous firm administrative committees. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, music, fly fishing and duck hunting.

  • Crossgates River Oaks Hosp. v. Mississippi Division of Medicaid, 240 So. 3d 385 (Miss. 2018)
  • In the Matter of: Kenneth Palmer v. Canadian National Railway/Illinois Central Railroad Co., ARB case no. 16-0035, 2016 WL 5868560 (U.S. Dept. of Labor SAROX) (en banc)
  • Mississippi Division of Medicaid v. Alliance Health Center, 174 So. 3d 254 (Miss. 2015)
  • Mississippi State and School Employees’ Life and Health Plan v. KCC, Inc., 108 So. 3d 932 (Miss. 2013)
  • Brown v. Illinois Cent. RR. Co., 705 F.3d 531 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Canadian National Ry. Co. v. Waltman, 94 So. 3d 1111 (Miss. 2012)
  • McCarty v. Canadian National/Illinois Cent. R.R., 2008 WL 872327 (S.D. 2008)
  • Baker v. Canadian National/Illinois Cent. R.R., 2008 WL 2747464, (5th Cir. July 16, 2008)
  • Allen v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., 934 So. 2d 1006 (Miss. 2006)
  • Valencia v. Mississippi Baptist Med. Ctr., Inc., 363 F. Supp. 2d 867 (S.D. Miss. 2005)
  • Clark v. Illinois Cent. R.R. Co., 872 So. 2d 773 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Claypool v. Mladineo, 724 So. 2d 373 (Miss. 2001)
  • MidSouth Rail Corp. v. O’Connor, 672 So. 2d 1176 (Miss. 1996)
  • Raju v. Rhodes, 7 F.3d 1210 (5th Cir. 1993)
  • Caine v. Hardy, 943 F.2d 1406 (5th Cir. 1991) (en banc), cert. denied, 503 U.S. 936 (1992)
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2021: Jackson, MS – Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Listed in Super Lawyers 2021: Healthcare and Transportation
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017-2021:
    – Health Care Law
    – Litigation: Health Care
    – Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
    – Railroad Law
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2020: Jackson, MS – Railroad Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2018
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2018
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2017: Jackson, MS – Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • 2016 Top Rated Lawyer (Health Care Law) – The American Lawyer
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2014: Jackson, MS – Railroad Law “Lawyer of the Year”
Wise Carter is a Mississippi-based law firm with local, regional, and national experience. Our Firm has a history of excellence, integrity and commitment. With our predecessor firms, Wise Carter has been serving our clients for over one hundred years in almost every area of civil law.

Comprised of top graduates of law schools throughout the South and across the Eastern Seaboard, Wise Carter is committed to bringing to bear its vast legal experience to ensure the best possible outcomes for its clients within the bounds of the law and professional ethics. From our offices in Jackson, Hattiesburg, and the Gulf Coast, we are well positioned to serve our clients’​ needs.

George Ritter is an expert civil litigator with notable strength in acting for railroads and hospitals. He offers experience in both trial and administrative proceedings, handling matters such as FELA cases and Medicaid reimbursement disputes.”
Chambers & Partners