Federal and state civil litigation practice representing state and regional agencies, counties, cities, elected officials, nongovernmental entities and other private sector insureds and their insurers in Mississippi, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Practice focused on civil rights defense, voting rights, election law and reapportionment litigation; public entity insurance coverage disputes; product liability, premises security and construction defect litigation; and environmental law.
Board Attorney for the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors (1983 through 2003), Board Attorney for the 17-county Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District (1989-present). Adjunct Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law, Election Law Course (2017) and Municipal Law Practice Skills Course (2014-2016); American Bar Association Board of Governors, Finance and Internal Operations Committee (2016-2019); Member of ABA House of Delegates (2010-present).
ABA Section of State & Local Government Law, Chair (2007-08), ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, Chair (2010-2013), member of Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee on Election Law (2013-present) and BOG liaison(2016-2019); member of ABA Section of International Law Task Force on International Election Law (2014-2016); International Bar Association; Water Resources Committee of ABA SEER; Chairman of MS Bar’s Government Law Section (1992-1993). Professional Responsibility Study Committee responsible for drafting and recommending adoption of the Code of Professional Conduct; member of Professional Responsibility Committee (1994-96, Special Advisory Committee for the Adoption of Uniform Local Rules for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi in 2000-2001.
National Association of County Civil Attorneys, President (1990-91) and member of NACo Board of Trustees (1985 - 2000);NACo Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee (1992 -2000). Recognized by NACo for work on Special Task Force on Unfunded Mandates leading to Congress’ enactment of the Unfunded Mandates Act in 1995.
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Chair of International Committee (2007-present), Chair of County and Special Municipal Districts Division (1999-2001), IMLA Local Government Fellow.
World Jurist Association’s National President for the USA (2007-2010;2016), General Counsel (2016-present).
Board certification in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy through the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1994-2019); Life Fellow of American Bar Foundation; Mississippi Bar Foundation. President of the Bolivar County Chapter of Ole Miss Alumni, Lamar Order, University of Mississippi Alumni Board of Directors, Ole Miss Law Alumni Board of Directors. Federal Bar Association, Defense Research Institute's Government Liability Committee, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, and Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
Best Lawyers in America- Municipal Law (2007-2017);Mid South Super Lawyers - Municipal Law (2007-2017).
Editor and chapter author of America Votes: Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (ABA 2008, 2012 and 2016); Census 2000 – Considerations and Strategies for State and Local Governments (ABA 2000);Sexual Harassment in the Public Work (ABA 2001);Handbook for County Board Attorneys (2000 and 2004 eds., Center for Govt'l Technology). Chapter author on Discovery and Public Records Act Access in Access to Government in the Computer Age (ABA 2008, M. Chumbler, Editor); chapter on Effective, Timely, Appropriate and Enforceable Remedies, in International Election Principles: Democratic Elections and the Rule of Law (ABA 2008, J. Young, Editor);chapter on Voting Rights and Remedies from an International Perspective, in International Election Remedies (ABA 2016, J. Young); chapter on Continuity of Government and Elections in A Legal Guide to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for State and Local Governments (2nd Ed. ABA 2009, Ernest Abbott and Otto Hetzel, Eds.); chapter on The Int'l Community's Response to Hydraulic Fracturing and a Case for Int'l Oversight, in Beyond the Fracking Wars (ABA Section of State & Local Govt Law, E. Powers & B. Kinne, Editors, 2013).
Born in Cleveland, Mississippi, November 19, 1952. B.A. in English and German from Ole Miss in May 1973. Juris Doctor 1975 from University of Mississippi School of Law, Editorial Board of the Mississippi Law Journal, Phi Delta Phi Scholastic Legal Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Men’s Leadership Fraternity, American Jurisprudence Award for the highest academic grade in Federal Jurisdiction. Admitted to MS Bar 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth (1994), Fifth (1981), and Eleventh Circuits (1989) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1984).