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Steve Edds Named Chairman of Mississippi Tort Claims Board

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Steve Edds has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as chairman of the Mississippi Tort Claims Board.

“Steve’s decades of legal experience will serve the people of Mississippi well in his new role,” said Governor Bryant. “I appreciate him accepting this appointment.”

An office of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, the Mississippi Tort Claims Board provides administrative and technical support for equitable settlement and payment of claims for injury or damage arising out of the torts of governmental entities and their employees while acting within the course and scope of their employment. The board is responsible for the management of the Tort Claims Fund, the legal defense of litigated claims, the establishment and maintenance of safety and loss control programs, and the oversight of liability coverage plans of all political subdivisions.

Edds is a member of the firm’s public finance, tax incentives and credit markets practice group. He focuses his practice on government finance, economic development incentives and government relations. Edds has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for public finance law, project finance law and government relations practice since 2005 and was also recognized in the area of economic development law in 2016. He has been recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading corporate/commercial municipal finance lawyer in Mississippi since 2007 and has also been consistently recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Edds is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and Leadership Jackson.  He currently serves as chairman of the ABA Standing Committee for Silver Gavel Awards and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education. Edds also currently serves as the Chairperson Elect of the Mississippi Arts Commission. He received both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi.