Cheri Gatlin is the Managing Partner for the Jackson, Mississippi office and a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group.

Cheri advises clients through all aspects of the construction and project development process. She currently represents national and international companies in the construction of commercial and industrial facilities.

Cheri has experience with international contracts, trade regulation, trade control, sanctions, tariffs, and the division and insuring of risks of international contracts. She is a partner in the firm’s project development team, which has represented new projects and expansions totaling more than 28,000 new jobs and over $20 billion of capital investment in industrial and infrastructure projects, including projects where private industry joined with government entities to create economic growth. 

In her commercial litigation practice, Cheri represents industrial entities in the resolution of significant disputes, including complex commercial contract disputes, fraud, breach of contract cases, and competition issues. Recently, she successfully handled a major commercial fraud case involving allegations of unfair competition, fraud, breach of contract, and trade secret infringement. She successfully tried a copyright infringement claim on behalf of an international entertainment company. Cheri argued, and won, a complex multi-party commercial insurance case before the Mississippi Supreme Court. In the last five years, Cheri has recovered over $100 million in claims for increased costs and lost production arising from construction, design, and equipment issues.

Cheri represents contractors, owners, and designers in the work-out and resolution of construction defaults, delays, and disruptions and has defended contractors, owners, and engineers in construction-related tort cases, including claims for exposure to asbestos, silica, lead, mold, dust, arsenic, and other contaminants. In daily consultation with clients, Cheri advises through the project development and construction process as well as industrial solutions for clients operating in elevator and construction components, steel, elevator and escalator, production equipment, automotive, and other heavy industry.

Since 2010, Chambers USA has named Cheri as a “Leader in their Field.” Chambers, a leading guide to the legal profession, noted, Cheri Gatlin is praised by clients as a “business-minded litigator who comes up with good strategies.” She is also named in America’s Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Burr & Forman’s steel industry lawyers, including Cheri, were finalists for Legal Services Provider for the Year by American Metals Market’s Awards for Steel Excellence.

Cheri is a candidate for LLM in international arbitration from the University of London International Programmes. She is an American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitrator and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, and handles cases before the International Chamber of Commerce. Cheri regularly serves as Arbitrator in construction cases.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law since 2013, Litigation-Construction since 2018, Commercial Litigation (2024)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Construction (2010-2024)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation since 2016; "Rising Star," Business Litigation (2011, 2013)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Construction Law, Jackson, Mississippi (2014)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow


Speaking Engagements


Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • London Court International Arbitration
  • Society of Construction Law (UK)
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute


Legal Practice Assistants

Cynthia A. Bankston
(601) 709-3411

Paige B. Hughes
(601) 709-3437

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