Fred L. Banks  Jr. - Phelps Dunbar LLP

Fred L. Banks Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 601-360-9356

Fred Banks, a former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, trial judge and legislator, practices in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and alternate dispute resolution in the state and federal courts of Mississippi. He has represented corporate clients in a wide variety of matters including consumer lending, trade secret infringement, property taxation, first amendment issues and contract disputes.

After serving on the state supreme court for eleven years and before that, six years as a circuit court judge, Mr. Banks joined Phelps as a partner in November 2001. Prior to his judicial career, beginning in 1968, Mr. Banks was in private practice. He concentrated on civil rights litigation, criminal capital defense, and representing a variety of non-profit agencies providing services to the poor. In 1975, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives where he served until he assumed the bench in 1984. In the Mississippi House, Mr. Banks served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, chair of a House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and by numerous appointing authorities to serve on a variety of commissions at the state and federal level.

Howard UniversityBA 1965Howard UniversityJ.D. 1968
Mississippi Bar Association Magnolia Bar AssociationNational Bar Association American Bar Association District of Columbia Bar AssociationCharles Clark Inn of CourtAmerican Law Institute

Office Location

4270 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39211-6391
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mediation of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
Fred L. Banks Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Fred L. Banks Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation (Appellate)