December 2014

Edward Atkinson (LLB 56) died October 14, 2014.


James H. Bolin (JD 96) is a member of Butler Snow’s Ridgeland office in the firm’s Product Liability and General Litigation Practice Groups and the Entertainment and Media Industry Team.  He has recently met the requirements to serve as a National Football League Players Association contract adviser (NFL agent).


Thurman L. “Smith” Boykin III (JD 03) has become a shareholder in the Flowood office of Page Kruger & Holland.


M. Carole Brand (JD 86) has joined Pearl River Resort as Vice President and General Counsel, bringing with her eighteen years of gaming law experience.


Cory N. Ferraez (JD 14) has joined McHard and Associates, PLLC of Hattiesburg as an attorney.


Trudy D. Fisher (JD 85) has joined the Butler Snow as a member of the Government and Regulatory practice group.  Fisher will focus her practice on environmental, energy, regulatory, and government relations matters, including permitting and compliance issues around air, water, mining and wetlands.


Judge James Louis Garner (LLB 62) died December 11, 2014.


Kristina Johnson (JD 92), a partner in the Jackson office of Jones Walker LLP and a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will be inducted into the 26th class of the American College of Bankruptcy Fellows.


Ryan L. Pratt (JD 07) has joined the Ridgeland office of Butler Snow as a member of the public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group.  He previously served as an assistant secretary of state for Mississippi.


Karl Steinberger (JD 76) of Pascagoula was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Steinberger, a shareholder and vice president with the firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Burrow and Colmer, has been involved with the Chamber’s Small Business Manager Group since 2010.

November 2014


Katherine Blount Alexander (JD 08) of Madison has joined the staff of as a law clerk for Judge David M. Ishee of Gulfport. Alexander, a Gulfport native, previously served as law clerk to Circuit Judge Lawrence P. Bourgeois Jr.

Elizabeth “Beth” J. Owens (JD 09) has opened her own law firm in Hernando.  Her practice will include criminal law, divorce and family law, and wills and estates.

Alexander Bondurant (JD 13)has joined Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush’s Appellate and Natural Resources practice areas.

Stephen Edds (JD 73), a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has been appointed to the Mississippi Arts Commission for a 5-year term.  Edds practices in the areas of government finance, economic development incentives and government relations.

Jimmy Heidelberg’s (JD 77) law firm Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow, P.A. has been named a Tier 1 law firm in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  They were the only Tier 1 law firm in Jackson County.

Kristina M. Johnson (JD 92), partner in the Jones Walker LLP Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will join the American College of Bankruptcy with 33 others from 24 states and three foreign countries to create the Twenty‐Sixth class of American College of Bankruptcy Fellows who will be inducted on March 13, 2015, in Washington D.C. Ms. Johnson is the seventh inductee from Mississippi since its formation in 1989 and is the first female inductee from the state.


Kathryn McDonald (JD 11) of Ridgeland has joined the staff as a law clerk for Judge Ceola James. McDonald is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee. She previously practiced law in Memphis.

Dorissa S. Smith (JD 13) of Jackson has joined the staff as a law clerk for Presiding Judge Tyree Irving. Smith previously served clerkships for Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis of Lexington.


Rob Tyson (JD 87), member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification as a Circuit Court mediator.

Marcus A. Williams (JD 14) has joined the Jackson office of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell.

Emily Wilkins (JD 14) has joined the Jackson office of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell.

October 2014


Brittany L. Bailey (JD 13) of Jackson has joined the Mississippi Supreme Court staff of Presiding Justice Michael Randolph in August.


Amanda Brown (JD 08) married Jason Landry on October 11, 2014.


John Brister Burns (JD 90) has joined the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.  Burns is a partner in the firm’s tax practice.  He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida.


Jay Carmean (JD 99) was recently voted by his peers to receive a AV Peer Review rating for high to very high legal ability and very high ethical standards. An AV® Peer Review Rating is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics.


Tabitha Parks Edmonson (JD 09) is an associate at Didriksen Law Firm in New Orleans, LA.  She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of Isabelle Louis “Lulu”, age 2, and R. Lee “Charlie” Edmonson IV, age 1.


Jimmy Heidelberg (JD 77) was recently named to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Board.  He will serve a three year term.  Heidelberg is managing partner of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow, P.A., which has offices in both Pascagoula and Jackson.


William Hickey (JD 06) has been selected by the Nashville Bar Foundation for its inaugural Leadership Forum program.  Only 28 attorneys were selected.  The program is designed for lawyers and offers an innovative opportunity to learn, collaborate, network and serve the local community and the legal profession.


Katie Hood (JD 14) has joined the Gulfport office of Balch & Bingham, LLP as an associate.


Emily Lamb (JD 06) has been selected by the Nashville Bar Foundation for its inaugural Leadership Forum program.  Only 28 attorneys were selected.  The program is designed for lawyers and offers an innovative opportunity to learn, collaborate, network and serve the local community and the legal profession.


Jessie Daniel Puckett Jr. (LL.B. 53) died Sept. 27, 2014.


Erik A. Schnautz (JD 98) is now the Pro Se Facilitator with the Douglas County Circuit Court in Roseburg, Oregon.


Claire Stamm (JD 14) of Jackson has joined the Mississippi Supreme Court staff and works as a law clerk for Justice Josiah Coleman.


Katharine McKee Surkin (JD 01) of Madison has rejoined the Mississippi Supreme Court staff and works as a law clerk for Presiding Justice Michael Randolph.


Phillip S. Sykes (JD 95) has joined the Ridgeland office of Butler Snow as a member of the commercial litigation practice group.


Lee Davis Thames (JD 60) has been named a Life Science Star in LMG Life Sciences 2014.  His practice areas included product liability law, drug and medical device, class actions and mass tort litigation, commercial litigation and environmental liability law.


Katherine Fitzgerald Treadwell (JD 02) has joined the newly established law firm of Pittman & Steele, PLLC in Burlington, NC.  She will be practicing law in the areas of family law and personal injury law.

September 2014


John B. Beard (JD 90), a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has accepted the position of chair for the Governance Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association for the sixth consecutive year.  Beard’s practice is in the areas of business and health care transactions.  In addition to his law degree from Ole Miss, he holds a Master of Taxation from New York University.

Gary W. Farabough (JD 74) was recently appointed by Renee DeMoss, 2014 Bar Association President, to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, with a term expiring December 31, 2017.  The appointment to the Bar Foundation was approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors at their June, 2014 meeting.

Jimmy Heidelberg (JD 77) has been named to the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America in seven areas of law, including appellate practice, environmental law, legal malpractice law – defendants, mass torn litigation/class actions-defendants, medical malpractice law – defendants, personal injury litigation-defendants and professional malpractice law – defendants. Heidelberg is managing partner of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow, P.A., which has offices in both Pascagoula and Jackson. 


Irving W. Jones, Jr. (JD 14) is a staff attorney in the Birmingham, AL law office of Balch & Bingham LLP.  Jones is a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources section.

Phillip M. Levy (JD 11) has joined the Oxford office of Daniel, Coker, Horton and Bell, P.A. as an associate.  His focus area will be product liability, labor and employment law and public entity/govern-

mental liability.


John McCullouch (JD 78) has been elected board chairman of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP).  Created in 1982, MVLP was the first statewide Pro Bono Project in the United States and the nation’s first joint venture between federally funded legal service providers and a Bar Association.


Rex M. Shannon III has joined Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys as an associate attorney.  Shannon’s primary practice is litigation, but he will also handle various forms of business transactions.

J. Anthony Sherman, Jr. (JD 04), has been named first vice president and trust officer at the corporate main office in Jackson.  He serves as regional administration sales manager and has four years experience in the financial industry.


Phillip S. Sykes (JD 95) has joined Butler Snow’s Ridgeland office. Sykes is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group and will focus his practice on appellate matters, commercial litigation, insurance, personal injury and product liability defense and toxic tort matters.


Thomas E. Walker, Jr. (JD 04) is now a member in the Commercial Department of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC.

August 2014


John Burns has been elected chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tax Law Section.  Burns concentrates his practice in tax law and routinely counsels businesses and individual clients through federal, state, local and foreign tax issues, incentives and controversies.


Wilton “Trey” V. Byars III (JD 92) has been named a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA).  A national organization of experienced  trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the right to a civil jury trial, ABOTA members must be first nominated and then vetted for their trial experience and legal credentials.  Byars is a shareholder in the Oxford office of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell P.A.


Neely C. Carlton (JD 94) has joined the Ridgeland office of Butler Snow.  She is a member of the Government Relations Group and will focus on lobbying and government relations.


Michael R. Hess (JD 96) will lead the new Specialty Pharmacy, Pharma Services & Distribution practice of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.  The new practice is comprised of a multidisciplinary team focused on the full spectrum of issues that impact clients within the pharmaceutical industry.  Hess will be based in the firm’s Memphis office.


Jacob B. Jordan (JD 12) has become a member of the Oxford law firm of Tannehill Carmean & McKenzie.


Brandon L. Newman (JD 06) was recently selected to receive the Greater Gibson County Young Professional of the Year Award.  Newman is a partner in the Trenton, Tenn. law firm of Newman & Webb.


July 2014


Roy Campbell III (JD 75), a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Jackson, was sworn in as president-elect of the Mississippi Bar at its annual convention in Destin.


Michael S. Carr (JD 05) of Griffith & Griffith Attorneys in Cleveland, Miss., was recently presented the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Mississippi Bar Association at its annual meeting in Sandestin, FL.  This award is presented in recognition of the attorney’s public service, volunteerism, and contribution to the legal profession.


Richard A. Courtney (JD 77), a Certified Elder Law Attorney practicing in Jackson, has been named as one of the 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).


Edward J. “Ned” Currie, Jr. (JD 76), a shareholder in the Jackson law firm of Currie Johnson Griffin & Myers P.A., has been named president-elect of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel for 2014-15.  Currie is a founding regent of the organization which was established in 2012.


Wendy Huff Ellard (JD 07), an associate in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has been appointed to serve as the vice director of the Disaster Legal Services Team for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.  Her one-year term will begin in August 2014.  At the firm, she practices primarily in the areas of disaster recovery and state public policy.


Jamison Evert (JD 10) rejoined Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach, Fla. in 2014, previously serving as a staff attorney at Gunster in 2011. Evert returns to Gunster after serving as a solo practitioner in the fields of probate, trust and guardianship litigation, and as an associate attorney at Downey & Downey P.A. from 2011 to 2013.


Gene Harlow (JD 82), a member of Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC in Laurel, was sworn in as president of the Mississippi Bar at its annual convention in Destin.


Robert C. Khayat (JD 66), chancellor emeritus of the University of Mississippi, was presented the 2014 Law Alumnus of the Year award at UM Law Alumni Luncheon held at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Bar.


James O. Nelson (JD 80) was recently appointed Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Operations for California-based First American Title Insurance Company.  Nelson will be based in the company’s corporate headquarters in Santa Ana.


Heather Preston (JD 02) joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Atlanta office.  Preston will be a partner on the firm’s Corporate Tax Team.


Brad Prewitt (JD  ) was appointed by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby as executive director of the newly-formed Inkana’ Foundation. Based in Tupelo, the Inkana’ (Friend) Foundation is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help protect, preserve and interpret Chickasaw homeland historic sites.


Charles L. McBride, Jr. (JD 91) has been named senior Vice President-legal and general counsel for Telapax and C Spire in Jackson.  He serves as the company’s chief legal counsel.  McBride and his wife, Mary Allen, are the parents of three children.


Gary C. Rikard (JD 94) was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.


Jason R. Savarese (JD 04) has joined the Gulfport law firm of Dummer, Lowery & Savarese.


Matt Vines (JD 94) joined the law firm of Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson, PLLC.


W. Scott Welch (JD 64) of Baker Donelson was presented with the Mississippi Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to an individual who has demonstrated devoted service to the public, profession and the administration of justice over the span of a professional career.  Mr. Welch received the award at the Mississippi Bar’s annual meeting in Destin, Fla., where he was also recognized among attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years.


June 2014


Circuit Judge John C. Gargiulo (JD 1998) has been selected to serve as United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.  He will take office August 1, 2014.


Henderson Jones (JD 05)  has completed science prerequisite coursework at the University of Houston-Downtown and will be starting medical school at UT Health Science Center San Antonio in July.


Kate Margolis (JD 99) of the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has received the Outstanding Service Award from the Capital Area Bar Association for her service to CABA.  In addition to serving as editor of the newsletter, she has served as a director on the CABA Board of Officers and Directors and is currently serving as President of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Charles L. McBride, Jr. (JD 91) has been named senior vice president-legal and general counsel for Telapex and C Spire.  He serves as the company’s chief legal counsel.  McBride and his wife, Mary Allen, are the parents of three children.

Mark Rabinowitz (JD 74) has been selected as a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer.  Florida Super Lawyers recognizes those individuals that have earned a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement within their legal practice area.


Twaun Samuel (JD 08 ), a senior counsel to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on the House Financial Services, has taken over the gatekeeping duties in Waters’ office. He replaces Mikael Moore, who left to work in the entertainment industry.


Jason R. Savarese (JD 2004) has joined the Gulfport law firm of Dummer, Lowery & Savarese.


U.S. Army Major Angela Raborn Swilley (JD 05) was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.  She is a JAG officer with the First Cavalry Division and is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas.  She and her husband, Scott, an Army engineer, are the parents of two children.


May 2014


Barry, Thaggard, May and Bailey, LLP announces the change of its name to Barry, Palmer, Thaggard, May and Bailey, LLP  and is pleased to announce Henry Palmer has joined the firm as a partner, effective May 1, 2014.


William O. Brown, Jr. (JD 77) has been elected to the American College of Estate and Trust Counsel known as “The College.”  He practices in the Ridgeland office of Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. with his primary practice areas including business transactions, estate planning, real estate transactions and tax planning.


Sarah Frances Hardy (JD about 1995) has written her second children’s book, PAINT ME!, and was the featured reader at Square Books, Jr. during the recent Children’s Book Week.


William L. McDonough, Jr. (JD 79 or 1980), a shareholder in the Biloxi office of Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush P.A., was recently inducted as a Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation.  His primary practice areas include insurance coverage and litigation and aviation law.


April 2014


Robert E. Bass, Jr. (JD 79) was recently named chief administrative officer of Corporate Management, Inc. in Gulfport.

Marianne R. Clendenen (JD 07) has joined the Business Services Group of the Memphis office of Butler Snow.


Charles P. Copeland (JD 07) has been named a shareholder in the Ridgeland office of Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush.  He is practicing in the areas of construction law, insurance, litigation and products liability.


Jennifer Graham Hall (JD 02) was recently elected a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson.  She is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group.


William Hunter Nowell (JD 06) of Cleveland was recently appointed county court judge of Bolivar County by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.


Phillip L. Tew (JD 97) was recently awarded the Outstanding Service Award by Arkansas State University.  He serves as an Assistant Professor of Finance at this Jonesboro, AR institution.


March 2014


Jason Loden (JD 00) has been selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2014 by Thomson Reuters.


February 2014


Roy D. Campbell III (JD 75), partner in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been elected president-elect of the Mississippi Bar.


Melissa T. Carleton (JD 93), Deputy Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, has been elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Bar.


Diala Husni Chaney (JD 04), a senior attorney in the Mississippi Department of Human Services, has been elected president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


District Judge Stephen C. Clarke (JD 73) received the 2013 Iowa Judges Association Award of Merit in recognition of his “dedication, skill, distinguished service and extraordinary efforts for the betterment of the Iowa judiciary.”  Judge Clarke received the award at the annual Iowa Judges Association Meeting.


William M. Dalehite Jr. (JD 72) has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.  The award is given each year to an attorney who has been in general practice for at least 40 years and who is an active member of the MDLA.  Dalehite joined MDLA in 1986 and has been in practice since 1972.


H. Case Embry (JD 06) has been named a member of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC.  His areas of practice include construction law, general liability, insurance coverage and defense, product liability and workers’ compensation.


Amanda G. Evans (JD 04), owner of Evans Law Firm, PLLC in Meridian, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.

Robert T. Jolly (JD 06), a fellow in the General Counsel office at the University of Mississippi, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


Jody Neyman (JD 96), an attorney in the Hernando office of Smith Phillips Mitchell Scott & Nowak, LLP, has been elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Bar.

Ann Marie Mayers Pate (JD 07), of Cleveland, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


Scott F. Slover (JD 07), of Natchez, has been elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Bar.


Lane W. Staines (JD 08), an associate in the Jackson office of Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes PLLC, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


Nicholas K. Thompson (JD 09), an associate in the Hattiesburg office of Copeland, Cook, Taylor and Bush, P.A., has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


Ronald Steve Wright (JD 90), of Ackerman, has been elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Bar.


Jaklyn Wrigley (JD 11), an associate in the Gulfport office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.


Friend of the law school, Jim Koerber has received the 2013 Accredited in Business Valuation Champion of the Year Award from The American Institute of CPAs.  The award was presented at the American Institute of CPAs’ 2013 Forensic & Valuation Services Conference in Las Vegas. Koerber is a shareholder in The Koerber Company, PA.

January 2014


Jason R. Bushby (JD 06 ) has been named a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  He is a member of the firm’s Insurance and Financial Services Group. His practice concentrates on representing financial institutions, mortgage companies, and insurance companies in civil litigation matters throughout the country and providing regulatory compliance services for financial institutions and mortgage companies.


Kenneth Johnston (JD 91) has recently been named a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honor bestowed upon less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Kenneth is a director in the litigation and financial services sections of KRCL firm.


Benjamin L. McArthur (JD 06) has been named a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  He is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Group. He has a diverse litigation practice, representing individuals and businesses in commercial, intellectual property, and real estate litigation matters in state and federal court and before arbitration panels. He regularly defends doctors and other health care providers in medical malpractice actions as well as drug and medical device manufacturers in product liability cases.


Rob Tyson (JD  87)  has been elected to the Board of Directors of the SC Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA).


Calvin Wells (JD 78), Suzanna “Suzie” Baker (JD 80) and A.M. “Eddy” Edwards III (JD 78) have joined Phelps Dunbar LLP Jackson, Mississippi office.


Julie J. Wells (JD 07) has joined the law firm of Evans | Petree PC as an  associate in the East Memphis office.


Mary Morgan Whitfield (JD 05) has been named the Association for Women Attorneys Memphis president for 2014.