Johnny has represented buyers and sellers in business acquisitions in a multitude of industries, including: software/technology, medical device, building supply, retail, advertising and manufacturing concerns. He currently serves as Practice Group Leader for the Business Services Group.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1994
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Copyright Law, 2011-2020
    • Trademark Law, 2011-2020
    • Patent Law, 2011-2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Copyright Law, (Jackson, MS), 2015, 2019
    • Lawyer of the Year, Trademark Law, (Jackson, MS), 2020
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2013-2014
  • Mississippi Secretary of State’s Business Reform Committees – Trademarks, 2008
  • Assistant & Associate National Bank Examiner, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 1987-1991

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1994
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., Banking and Finance, 1987

Experience

  • General Counsel to Cooperative Association of Tractor Dealers, Inc, a captive funding company owned by independent heavy equipment dealers;  represents the Cooperative in structured financing transactions with its members and all corporate matters.
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations in a multitude of industries, including technology, healthcare, wholesalers, retail, and manufacturing.
  • Special counsel to numerous county governments in connection with the sale or long-term lease of community hospitals to private operators.
  • Intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on licensing, prosecution of federal and state trademark applications and copyright law.
  • Counsel to private businesses in capital formation, organization and business planning.
  • Local Counsel of independent power producers in connection with acquisitions, sales and financing of facilities located in Mississippi.