I have absolute confidence in Don Cannada's abilities. He is experienced, thorough and diligent. We have worked together for a number of years and will continue to do so.
Lofton Brooks
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Biography – View PDF Bio


Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1978

Civic Involvement

  • YMCA of Metro Jackson, Board of Trustees, Chair
  • YMCA of Metro Jackson, Board of Directors, Former Chair
  • First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Elder


  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law, 2015-2018
    • Tax Law, 2011-2018
    • Real Estate Law, 1995-1996
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Top 50, Mississippi Super Lawyers®, 2006-2016
  • Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate, 2010
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Real Estate (Mississippi), 2016
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Real Estate: Business, 2006-2017
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Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1978
    • Student Writing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Mississippi, B.B.A., Accounting, 1975


  • Real estate counsel and local financing counsel for $400 million electric generating facility, together with gas and water pipeline facilities.
  • Jitney-Jungle Stores of America acquisition and financing of Delchamps, Inc.  Lead counsel in acquisition of major regional grocery store chain and related financing.
  • Primary real estate counsel to developer of a 2,000-acre planned residential community, golf course and country club in Madison County, Mississippi.
  • Primary real estate counsel to landowners and co-developers in the sale and development of three adjacent lifestyle shopping centers containing in excess of one million square feet in Rankin County, Mississippi.
  • ​Lead real estate counsel to Fortune 100 discount retailer in the land purchase and development of more than thirty (30) projects in Mississippi and Alabama.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-AuthorTrends Driving Real Estate Development in 2016, MS Business Journal March 4, 2016. 
  • Author, Legal Aspect of Reshoring Site Selection, Walmart’s web-based portal JUMP, March 2016.
  • Speaker, International Council of Shopping Centers, 2006 Gulf South Idea Exchange and Alliance program – "The Legal Quagmire After the Storm," 2006.
  • The Agricultural Foreclosure:  Special Issues and Concerns – "Practice of Law in Mississippi" Manual, University of Mississippi Law School, 1998.
  • Debt Capitalization of Business Enterprises, Proceeding of the Forty-Fourth Annual Mississippi Law Institute, 1989.
  • "Due Diligence, Negotiations and Letters of Intent," Cambridge Institute, Buying and Selling Privately Held Companies, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
  • Lecturer, Mississippi State Bar Convention, 1997.
  • Mississippi College School of Law Sixth Annual Business Law Seminar, 1996.
  • "Real Estate Nuts, Bolts and a Few Loose Screws," Mississippi College School of Law Annual Real Estate Seminar (Chairman, 1991; Speaker, 1990, 1996.
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