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Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    J.D.  2006, summa cum laude
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A.  2003, magna cum laude

Experience

  • Board Attorney for Oxford School District
  • City Attorney for City of Oxford
  • Lead counsel for gaming corporations in various personal injury lawsuits
  • Representation of landowners and interested parties before zoning authorities
  • Representation of school district in due process proceedings brought by parents of students with disabilities
  • Advised municipal and school district clients on land acquisition and construction issues, including contract negotiation and bid law compliance
  • Lead counsel for employers in workers’ compensation claims
  • Representation of Mississippi public universities in employment, tort, and civil rights actions
  • Advised public and private employers on employment and labor issues
  • Frequent lecturer on zoning and employment issues
  • Oxford Asset Partners v. City of Oxford, 970 So. 2d 116 (Miss. 2007) – argued to Mississippi Supreme Court in defense of constitutionality of local and private law
  • Lamar OCI South Corp. v. City of Oxford (N.D. Miss.) – defended constitutionality of municipal sign ordinance
  • Abram v. University of Mississippi (Lafayette Co. Circuit Court) – governmental immunity for wrongful death associated with Sickle Cell Trait complications
  • Maggette v. BL Development Corp. (N.D. Miss.) – wrongful deaths and personal injuries arising from bus wreck
  • Coleman & Coleman Enterprises v. Waller Funeral Home, 106 So.3d 309 (Miss. 2012) – tortious interference with contract and Lanham Act
  • Harrison v. City of Batesville, 73 So. 3d 1145 (Miss. 2011) – challenge to municipality’s decision to grant zoning variance
  • Alias v. City of Oxford, 70 So. 3d 1114 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011) – defense of municipality’s decision to grant zoning variance
  • Wyatt v. Scruggs, 60 So. 3d 758 (Miss. 2011) – enforcement of arbitration provision
  • Lafayette County v. Total Plan Services, Inc., 2010 WL 956168 (N.D. Miss. March 11, 2010) – defense of third-party administrator against claims brought by county board of supervisors under Mississippi Ethics in Government Act
  • Prewitt v. City of Oxford, 44 So. 3d 922 (Miss. 2010) – defense of action for writ of mandamus against city and municipal judge
  • Holcombe v. City of Tupelo, 2009 WL 87420 (Jan. 12, 2009) – defense of employee’s claim of First Amendment retaliation
  • Bridge v. City of Oxford, 995 So. 2d 81 (Miss. 2008) – defense of municipality’s decision to rezone property
  • Washington v. Jackson State University, 2008 WL 2779297 (July 14, 2008) – defense of discrimination claims brought by former graduate student
  • City of Tupelo v. Tombigbee Electric Power Ass’n (Lee County Circuit Court) – calculation of electric cooperative’s payment of statutory fees to municipality

Honors and Achievements

  • Top Graduate, University of Mississippi School of Law Class of 2006
  • BV Distinguished, Martindale Hubbell

Memberships and Associations

  • American Bar Association
         Litigation Section
         State and Local Government Law Section
  • Mississippi Bar
         Litigation Section
         Appellate Practice Section
         Government Law Section
         Workers Compensation Section
  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • William Keady Chapter, American Inns of Court

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • United States District Courts
         Northern District of Mississippi
         Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Civic and Community Activities

  • Leadership Lafayette
  • Volunteer, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer, North Mississippi Regional Center Legal Guardianship Resource Project