Samuel W. Keyes, Jr.

Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group



Greater Jackson Office
Tel: (601) 985-4522
Email: sam.keyes@butlersnow.com

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SamuelW.Keyes, Jr.
Areas of Emphasis
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Governmental Relations
  • Public Finance
  • Economic Development Incentives
  • Public and Administrative Law
Distinctions
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Law, Public Finance Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Bonds/Government Finance
  • Deputy Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 1993-94
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 1985-93
    • Chairman, Opinions Committee
  • Leadership Mississippi
Education & Honors
  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1981
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Community and Regional Planning, 1976
Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • State and Local Government Section
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • National Association of County Civil Attorneys
  • Mississippi Bar Association
    • Government Law Section
      • Board of Directors Chairman, 1996-97
  • Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys
  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1981
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts
Experience
  • Served as Bond, Note, or Underwriter's Counsel in connection with closing numerous municipal bond and loan transactions for the Mississippi Development Bank and local government issuers in Mississippi.
  • Represented Mississippi Association of Supervisors, Inc. as intervenor in AT&T vs. Mississippi State Tax Commission, in which the telecommunication company challenged the State's method of assessing its property for ad valorem tax purposes. On behalf of the intervenor client, successfully prosecuted a summary judgment action challenging the constitutionality of legislation purporting to statutorily redefine the manner of assessing public utility property for ad valorem tax purposes. The intervenor client's Motion for Summary Judgment was granted in AT&T Communications, Inc. vs. Mississippi State Tax Commission, et al., Hinds County Circuit Court, First Judicial District, Cause No. 251-96-1055, decided August 20, 1998.
  • State of Mississippi vs. Mississippi Association of Supervisors, Inc., et al., 699 So. 2d 699 (Miss. 1997). Represented the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and the two Counties in an action seeking injunctive and declaratory relief relating to jurisdiction over county roads and bridges. Prosecuted this action to enjoin enforcement and challenge the constitutionality of legislation usurping constitutional jurisdiction of county boards of supervisors relating to weight regulations on county roads and bridges. Clients' Motion for Summary Judgment was granted and the decision was affirmed by Mississippi Supreme Court.
  • Serves as counsel for MPE Services, Inc., MPE Workers' Compensation Services, Inc., MPE Employee Benefit Services, Inc., Mississippi Public Entity Workers' Compensation Trust and Mississippi Public Entity Employee Benefit Trust. Handles all legal matters for these public entity workers' compensation and health benefit pools and service providers.
  • Serves as counsel for Mississippi EdNet Institute, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides, coordinates and manages ITFS educational, licenses and program services for State of Mississippi.
Papers, Presentations & Publications
  • "Powers and Duties of Supervisors," Chapter III, County Government in Mississippi, Fourth Edition, Center for Governmental Training & Technology, Mississippi State University Extension Service, 2011.
  • "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 III, Municipal Government in Mississippi, Third Edition, Center for Governmental Training & Technology, Mississippi State University Extension Service, 2011.
  • Frequent speaker at CLE and other seminars dealing with local government issues.

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