Luther is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Written Advocacy Group and concentrates his practice on appellate matters, media law, constitutional law, professional liability and product liability defense.

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1976
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1994-2017
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: Appellate–Mississippi, 2014-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, 2010, 2014
    • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2016
    • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – First Amendment, 2013
    • Appellate Practice, 2007-2020
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2020
    • Litigation–First Amendment, 2011-2020
    • Litigation–Intellectual Property, 2011-2020
    • Litigation and Controversy-Tax, 2011-2020
    • Media Law, 2011-2020
    • Commercial Litigation, 2007-2020
    • First Amendment Law, 1991-2020
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2006-2019
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2006-2008, 2011-2016
  • Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1992-1998
  • Lawyers' Advisory Committee, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1990-2002
  • Chair, Alumni Council of Princeton University, 1995-1997
  • Associate Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1986-1989

Education & Honors

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1976
    • Editorial Board, University of Virginia Law Review
  • Oxford University, B.A., Political Science and Economics, first class, 1973
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1971
  • Clerkship, Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • Clerkship, Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court


  • Epperson v. Southbank, 93 So.3d 10 (Miss. 2012) (reversed Court of Appeals on certiorari and upheld client’s ability to restrict certificate of deposit withdrawals).
  • Pascagoula School District v. Tucker, 91 So.3d 598 (Miss. 2012) (reversed chancellor and upheld client’s state constitutional right to certain ad valorem tax revenues).
  • McDonald v. Raycom TV Broadcasting, Inc., 665 F.Sup. 2d 688 (S.D. Miss. 2009) (summary judgment granted to television client in defamation action).
  • Poliner v. Texas Health Systems, 537 F.3d 475 (5th Cir. 2008) (amicus brief for hospitals; hospital immunity under HCQIA enforced).
  • Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 542 F.3d 475 (5th Cir. 2008) (represented plaintiff in accountant malpractice suit: $14 million judgment affirmed).
  • Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell, P.C. v. Muirhead, 920 So. 2d 440 (Miss. 2006), (reversed million dollar judgment and held client lawyer’s handling of bad faith suit was not malpractice).
  • Tanks v. Lockheed Martin Co., 417 F.3d 456 (5th Cir. 2005) (reversed district court and enforced workers’ compensation immunity in plant shooting suit against client).
  • Titan Insurance Co. v. Hood, 895 So. 2d 138 (Miss. 2004), (enforced forum selection clause and reversed $75 million judgment against client).
  • Lipscomb v. Columbus Municipal Separate School District, 277 F.3d 1375 (5th Cir. 2001) (court upheld Contracts Clause protection for 19th century school lands leases held by clients).
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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, “Product Liability & Safety USA Trends and Developments,” 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide, July 2019.  
  • Speaker, “Some (Previously) Unwritten Admonitions Concerning Appellate Advocacy,” Massachusetts Defense Lawyers 2019 Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar, Boston, Mass., May 31, 2019. 
  • Speaker, “Establishing Jurisdiction in Appellate Courts,” University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education, Ridgeland, Miss., October 26, 2018.
  • Author, “Litigation As a Tort: A Short Exercise With Consequences,The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law, Autumn 2017.
  • Instructor, “Legal Ethics,” Yale School of Law, Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, November 9, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court and Success in Appellate Practice,” Mississippi Appellate Judges Conference, Inn at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., March 17, 2017.
  • ​Co-Author"Classification When "Equivalence" Means "Safety," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 2015
  • Co-Author, "The Door to Open Government in Mississippi," Tapping Officials’ Secrets (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2015).
  • Co-Author, "Survey of Mississippi Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media" 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law 2014-2015 (Media Law Resource Center).
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