Thomas B. Shepherd  III - Jones Walker LLP

Thomas B. Shepherd III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Areas of Practice 

  • Gaming and Resort Regulatory Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Gaming and Resort Development/Finance


Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA, 1984 J.D., Cum Laude
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1980 B.B.A., Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Gaming Law
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers

Published Works

Mississippi Corporations: Formation and Operation with Forms, The Harrison Co., 2002
Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Mississippi Practice Series, Jackson and Miller, Vol. 4, Chapter 35: Gaming, 2001
International Casino Law, Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming, Mississippi Section, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

Mississippi Secretary of State's 2008 Business Reform Committees - Corporations Law Committee, Co-Chairman

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Gaming Law Committee, Member

The Mississippi Bar, Business Law (1994-95, Chairman) & Gaming Law (1996-97, Chairman) Sections

International Association of Gaming Advisors, 2001 - Present, Board of Trustees, General Counsel

Mississippi Secretary of State Business Law Advisory Group, 2000 - 2007, Chairman

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1992 - 1996, Mississippi Commissioner

Rotary Club of Jackson, President, 2010-2011

University of MississippiBBA 1980Washington and Lee University School of LawJ.D. 1984
Rotary Club of Jackson, MississippiInternational Association of Gaming Advisors

Case History

General counsel for greenfield gaming project — Represented casino in Natchez, Mississippi with respect to all development, licensing, regulatory and finance issues..
Acquisition on behalf of Legends Gaming, LLC — Represented Legends Gaming, LLC as Mississippi counsel in its acquisition of a Vicksburg, Mississippi casino.
Acquisition of Harrah''s Entertainment, Inc. — Represented TPG and Apollo as local Mississippi counsel in their acquisition of Harrah''s.

Client Comments

"Mr. Shepherd's knowledge of Mississippi gaming law and his access to regulators are second to none."

"Tommy is extremely well versed in gaming law and handles all matters in a very professional manner. He operates at the highest levels of both personal and professional integrity and is highly respected in the community. I would never hesitate to recommend him to others looking for someone with expertise in this area and who works extremely close with all parties."

-G. Dan Marshall
Chief Operating Officer & CFO
Legends Gaming LLC

"I have known Tommy for many years and when I became General Counsel of Pinnacle Entertainment in 2002, I was pleased to see that he was the company's outside gaming counsel in Mississippi. Tommy is one of the very finest and most experienced gaming lawyers in the country - he is in the uppermost tier of counselors. He always ensured that Pinnacle's gaming matters were handled promptly, professionally, and successfully. He kept us advised on a regular basis and was proactive in identifying issues that needed attention. He enjoys the highest degree of credibility with the Mississippi regulators and his advice on legal matters is always "spot on." In addition to his excellent legal skills, he exercises good judgment. Because of Tommy, we also use his firm on other legal matters in Mississippi, including lobbying and litigation. Unfortunately, we sold our Biloxi property after Hurricane Katrina and surrendered our Mississippi gaming license in November 2006. However, we still use Tommy and his firm when we have a Mississippi legal matter. Should we ever decide to apply for a new gaming license in Mississippi, Tommy will be our lawyer."

-John Godfrey
Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.

"Thomas Shepherd has represented two companies that I have worked for over the last five-plus years. He has always combined an incredible business sense and client's needs to his area of expertise. He manages to put each client's needs at the top of his priority list without missing a beat for any of his clients. He is regarded as the best gaming regulatory lawyer in Mississippi and a top advisor in the gaming industry worldwide. He is a pleasure to work with and one of our company's most trusted advisors. It is easy to describe him as one of the best lawyers around."

-Robert Ziems
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Progressive Gaming International Corporation

"Mr. Shepherd has provided services for some time to the Majestic Star Casino in a variety of capacities. Mr. Shepherd has consistently and without question been most helpful, knowledgeable, and timely in all respects. It has been my pleasure to work with Mr. Shepherd and I anticipate a long continuing and satisfactory working relationship in the future."

-Lawrence Wheeler
VP & General Counsel
The Majestic Star Casino, LLC

"Mr. Shepherd is an experienced and highly professional attorney, particularly in the gaming law field. He is always responsive and knowledgeable regarding gaming law issues, and his exceptional people skills in dealing with clients and gaming regulators make him a valuable asset to the client."

-Walt Stowe
Vice President, Legal & Compliance, and General Counsel
VendingData Corporation

Office Location

190 East Capitol Street, Suite 800
P.O. Box 427
Jackson, MS 39205-0427
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
Thomas B. Shepherd III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Thomas B. Shepherd III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (General Corporate)
Gaming Law

Other Information

Gender: Male