Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Tray Hairston has been named to the first annual Tougaloo College Forty Under Forty. Hairston and his fellow recipients were recognized at the Forty Under Forty awards luncheon held Oct. 15 at Tougaloo College.
The Forty Under Forty program was created to engage, re-engage, educate, honor and develop the next generation of advocates, donors and ambassadors for Tougaloo College.
“We congratulate Tray on being named to the inaugural class of Tougaloo’s Forty Under Forty program,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “Tray’s hard work and dedication to excellent client service make him a deserving recipient of this award.”
Hairston focuses his practice on public finance, economic development, and government relations. Before joining the firm, he served as counsel and economic development advisor to Governor Phil Bryant. He has served as bond counsel for various cities and counties throughout Mississippi, and he is also an adjunct law professor at Mississippi College School of Law and regularly publishes scholarly legal articles. Hairston is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, , Mississippi Bar Association, and is the Material’s Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.
Hairston has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law, Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal, and Top 100 Black Lawyers by The National Black Lawyers. He was the Co-Chair of the Tougaloo College, 1869 Annual Fund 2015-2016. He received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College and his MBA from Belhaven University. Hairston received his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.