An experienced public finance attorney, Sam focuses his practice on municipal bonds, government relations, economic development incentives, and public and administrative law.

Biography

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1981
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, ​Government Relations Law, Public Finance Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Bonds/Government Finance
  • Chairman, Opinions Committee, Assistant Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 1985-1993
  • Deputy Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 1993-1994
  • Leadership Mississippi

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1981
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Community and Regional Planning, 1976

Experience

  • ​Served as Bond Counsel in connection with closing numerous municipal bond and loan transactions for the Mississippi Development Bank and local government issuers in Mississippi.  Recent representative transactions include
  • Mississippi Development Bank $35,000,000 Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2006A (Magnolia Regional Health Project).
  • Mississippi Development Bank $6,010,000 Special Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2006B (Magnolia Regional Health Project).
  • City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi $2,200,000 Promissory Note Funded from Proceeds of $90,000,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds (Capital Projects and Equipment Acquisition Program).
  • Lauderdale County, Mississippi $10,050,000 Taxable General Obligation Industrial Development Bonds, Series 2006 (Tower Automotive Project), and $10,000,000 Taxable General Obligation Industrial Development Bonds, Series 2006-B (Loblolly Project).
  • City of Meridian, Mississippi $10,000,000 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2006.
  • Mississippi Development Bank $5,810,000 Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2006 (DeSoto County Utility Authority Wastewater Treatment System Revenue Bond Project).
  • City of Ridgeland, Mississippi $5,360,000 Tax Increment Limited Obligation Bonds, Series 2005.
  • ​Mississippi Development Bank $8,500,000 Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2006 (Petal, MS Combined Water and Sewer System Project).
  • More...

Publications

  • "Powers and Duties of Supervisors," Chapter III of County Government in Mississippi, Third Edition, Center for Governmental Training & Technology, Mississippi State University Extension Service, 2004.
  • "County Borrowing and Debt Management," Appendix to A Handbook for County Board Attorneys in Mississippi, by Benjamin E. Griffith, Center for Governmental Training & Technology, Mississippi State University Extension Service, 2000.
  • "Functions and Powers," Chapter IX of Municipal Government in Mississippi: A Handbook for City Officials, Center for Governmental Training & Technology, Mississippi State University Extension Service, 1997.