Attorney Information

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Education

  • Millsaps College, B.A. summa cum laude, 1978, Founder's Medal
  • Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1981, Vanderbilt Law Review, Patrick Wilson Scholar
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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Choctaw Tribal Counsel
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Professional Organizations

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Mississippi College School of Law Duberstein and Arbitration competition teams, Coach
  • Order of Barristers non-student member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Charles Clark Inns of Court, Barrister Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation Fellow
  • National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, National Arbitration Forum
  • Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference:
    - Board of Directors, 1987-1993
    - President, 1989-1990
    - Vice-President, 1988-1989
    - Secretary/Treasurer, 1987-1988
    - Chairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1999, 2000
    - Chairman, Ad Hoc Bankruptcy Law Forum Committee, 1991
    - Chairman, Nominations Committee
    - Chairman, Rules Advisory Committee to the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1987
    - Chairman, Education Committee, 1986
  • Mississippi Secretary of State's Uniform Commercial Code Task Force
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Special Designations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020:
    - Banking and Finance Law
    - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    - Financial Services Regulation Law
    - Litigation: Bankruptcy
    - Litigation: Real Estate
  • Mid South Super Lawyers
  • Corporate Counsel Magazine's listing of Top Lawyers Best Attorneys in Mississippi
  • AV Preeminent and Top Rated in Appellate Law by Martindale Hubbell
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Publications and Seminars

  • Lecturer and co-author, “2016 Case Law Update: Focus on Business Cases,” 36th Annual Seminar, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc. Jackson, Mississippi, 2016.
  • Lecturer and co-author, “2015 Case Law Update: Focus on Business Cases,” 35th Annual Seminar, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc. Jackson, Mississippi, 2015.
  • Lecturer, “Update on Fraudulent Transfers to Pre-Petition Lenders and Credit Bidding in Chapter 11 Cases,” 17th Annual Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law. Memphis, Tennessee, 2011.
  • Lecturer, “The Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy,” 30th Annual Seminar, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc. Jackson, Mississippi, 2010.
  • Lecturer, “Preparing to Mediate,” Mediation Conference, Mississippi College School of Law. Jackson, Mississippi, 2010.
  • Lecturer and author, “Litigation and Bankruptcy: Removal, Remand, Jury Trials and Everything in Between” USLAW Network Client Conference. San Francisco, California, 2009.
  • Lecturer and co-author, “Litigating Consumer Class Actions Involving Bankruptcies and Foreclosures,” 8th Annual Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation. New York, New York, 2009.
  • Lecturer and author, “Small Business Provisions/Single Asset Real Estate Chapter 11 Cases Under BAPCPA,”­ 13th Annual Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law. Tunica, Mississippi, 2008.
  • Lecturer and author, “Asset Protection Strategies Affected By BAPCPA,” Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Inc. Jackson, Mississippi, 2007.
  • Lecturer, “Asset Protection Strategies Affected By BAPCPA,” 11th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, American Bankruptcy Institute. Amelia Island, Florida, 2006.
  • Lecturer and author, “Update on Bankruptcy Developments,” The Credit Law Institute. Santa Monica, California, 2005.
  • Lecturer and Author, “Litigating Consumer Class Actions in Bankruptcy Court,” American Conference Institute. Chicago, Illinois, 2005.
  • Lecturer and co-author, “Hot and Developing Consumer Topics,” 18th Annual Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar. Memphis, Tennessee, 2004.
  • Lecturer and co-author, “Bad Faith Case Filings, Case Dismissals and Conversions Under Chapters 7, 11, & 13,”­ 18th Annual Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar. Memphis, Tennessee, 2004.
  • Lecturer and co-author, “Consumer Bankruptcy,” American Conference Institute. New York City, New York, 2004.
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Featured Cases

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Ratings

Team Members