Michael Caples' responsiveness to the needs of a $750M financial institution are truly incredible. His focus on first-class customer service while at the same time providing expert counsel is second to none.
Joe Hayman, Chief Executive Officer
Southern AgCredit

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Bar Admissions

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


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Government Relations Practice, 2007-2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, 2014
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Environment (Mississippi), 2014-2019
  • Ole Miss Engineering School Advisor Board
  • Mississippi Hazard Mitigation Council, Member, 2006-2012
  • Mississippi Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors of Mississippi Chapter of Solid Waste Management Association of North America (SWANA) 2012- current
  • Section Chair – Mississippi Bar Association Section on Natural Resources, Environment & Energy

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1994
    • Moot Court Board, Mississippi Law Journal
  • University of Mississippi, B.S., Chemical Engineering, cum laude, 1987
    • Outstanding Chemical Engineering Award


  • Brownfield Redevelopment Projects - Former Amoco Facility, Former Arizona Chemical Facility, Former Gautier Oil Site, Whirlpool Corporation Site, Pilot Travel Center, Nashville-Ferry Road Site, One Hour Cleaners Site; Markham Hotel; Three Foot Hotel.
  • Represented sellers, buyers and financial institutions in environmental due diligence for large commercial and industrial real estate purchases throughout the southeast
  • Lead environmental self-audits for major chemical manufacturers
  • Represented variety of owners and developers with stormwater and wetland permitting, compliance and enforcement issues for industrial, commercial and residential developments throughout the southeast
  • Represented a major fertilizer manufacture in defense of EPA and DOJ civil and criminal allegations regarding violations of RCRA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.
  • Represented a pipeline company in New Mexico in regard to real estate transaction, EPA and State environmental compliance audits and air permitting issues
  • Represented steel manufacturing facility in Florida in regard to RCRA and CERCLA violations and soil and groundwater remediation
  • Represented manufacturing facilities in Clean Air Act Citizen Suits
  • Represented major energy companies in development of solar and wind project
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • "Implementation and auditing of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System."
  • Published Article, "TMDL, the new 4 letter word."
  • Environmental Issues, "County Government in Mississippi", 4th ed. Mississippi State University, 2011.
  • Environmental Issues, "Municipal Government in Mississippi", 3rd ed. Mississippi State University, 2011.
  • ​Federal and State Contaminated Land Law - CLE 2011.
  • How to Buy Dirty Dirt – CLE 2017 and 2018
  • Ethical Issues in Real Estate Transactions – CLE 2013