Over 36 years experience representing banks and financial institutions in a wide variety of business and regulatory matters including compliance, regulatory enforcement actions, bank products and services, bank formation, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and real estate finance transactions

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1978

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2006-2019
    • Commercial Finance Law, 2015-2019
    • Consumer Law, 2016-2019
    • Financial Services Regulation Law, 2011-2019
    • Lawyer of the Year, Banking and Finance Law, 2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Commercial Finance Law, 2017
    • Lawyer of the Year, Financial Services Regulation Law, 2015
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance (Mississippi), 2014-2019
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Banking, 2011-2013
  • Mississippi and Tennessee Editor, HouseLaw
  • Distinguished Service Award , Mississippi Bar, 2007

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1978
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Political Science, with distinction, 1978

Experience

  • Former General Counsel for a regional bank and bank holding company.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “Mississippi’s New Construction Lien Laws,” Mississippi Bar Business Law Section Annual Meeting, June 2014.
  • Speaker, "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act," Mississippi Bankers Association CEO/Executive Management Conference, August 2010.
  • "Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Regarding Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements," High Points, September 2007.
  • HouseLaw, Co-Editor for Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • Contributor, Compliance Officers Management Manual, Real Estate Lending Compliance Manual, and Regulatory Compliance Certification Manual, Sheshunoff Information Services.
  • "Sureties, Guarantors and Accommodations Parties," Mississippi Law Institute, 1987.
  • Contributor, "A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Mississippi," Mississippi Bar, 1993.