Parker’s practice includes representing a variety of state and local governmental bodies. As a result, Parker has a breadth of experience and knowledge in navigating regulatory, administrative and environmental components and litigation matters for both public and private clients.

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Parker’s practice includes representing a variety of state and local governmental bodies. As a result, he has a breadth of experience and knowledge in navigating regulatory, administrative and environmental components and litigation matters for both public and private clients. His experience includes handling a variety of administrative hearings and appeals, public finance transactions, and representing various state agencies, counties and municipalities in Mississippi concerning regulatory, administrative and specialty litigation issues. He has expertise in the Voting Rights Act leading to a range of local, state and federal redistricting work. He has also served as counsel in numerous election contests including federal, state and local government elections.

Parker currently serves as City Attorney to the City of Richland, MS. In this capacity he represents the city and manages all legal issues including zoning, municipal law, public works, financing, employment, procurement and litigation matters. He serves as co-counsel for the Mississippi Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment (2012-2013; 2021-Present), co-counsel for the Chair of Texas House of Representatives Redistricting Committee (2021-Present), and counsel to numerous local governments in redistricting efforts following the 2010 and 2020 Census. Additionally, Parker also serves as counsel to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors, handling administrative hearings, rule promulgation and appeals.

Best Lawyers in America® selected him as one of its 2021 and 2022 “Ones to Watch” for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law. He is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Parker has presented numerous seminars on local government law, public finance and redistricting and has co-authored articles published by the American Bar Association and The Mississippi Lawyer.

He obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2012 from the University of Mississippi and his B.B.A., summa cum laude, in Business Management from Mississippi State University.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2012

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Administrative / Regulatory Law, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Environmental Law, 2022

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
    • Associate Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Member, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
    • Mississippi Bar Health Law Scholarship Recipient
  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., Management, summa cum laude, 2009
    • President’s List
    • IIAM Scholarship Recipient 2007 & 2008
    • Order of Omega Honor’s Society

Experience

  • Substantial experience in a variety of administrative hearings and appeals.
  • Experience in AIA contract drafting.
  • Represents or have represented various state agencies, counties and municipalities in Mississippi concerning regulatory, administrative and specialty litigation issues.
  • Experience in a range of environmental regulatory issues, including involvement in navigating complex legacy site contamination matters.
  • Parker currently serves as City Attorney to the City of Richland, MS. In this capacity he represents the city and manages all legal issues including: zoning, municipal law, public works, financing, employment, procurement and litigation matters.
  • Served as counsel in numerous election contests including federal, state and local government elections.
  • Served as counsel in bond validation objections and appeals before the Mississippi Supreme Court.
    - In re: Validation of Lauderdale County, Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013, No. 2013-CA-01684-SCT (Miss. 2015) (successful).
    - In re: Validation of City of Meridian, Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013, No. 2013-CA-0659-SCT (Miss. 2014) (successful).
  • Serves as co-counsel for the Mississippi Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment (2012-2013, 2021-Present).
  • Serves as counsel to numerous local governments in redistricting efforts following the 2010 and 2020 Census.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, "American Rescue Plan Act Funding Webinar," Mississippi Municipal League, July 15, 2021.
  • Presenter, “MEMA’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program – Grant Funding Under the Stafford Act and Coronavirus Relief Fund,” Mississippi Municipal League, September 2020.
  • Co-Author, “Section 2 Vote Dilution in 2018 and Beyond, With Emphasis on State Legislative Redistricting,” America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (4th ed., American Bar Association, 2019). 
  • Co-Author, “Fundamentals of Redistricting,” The Mississippi Lawyer, Spring 2019.
  • Presenter, Mississippi State Board of Contractors, Continuing Education for Residential Builders and Remodelers, June 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Finding Middle Ground for State Legislative Reapportionment,” America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, 3rd ed., American Bar Association, May 2016.
  • Presenter, “Finding Middle Ground for State Legislative Reapportionment,” America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, American Bar Association, Feb. 2016.
  • Presenter, Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys’ Conference, Case Law Update, Summer 2014, Winter 2016.
  • Presenter, Mississippi Association of School Administrators’ Conference, Case Law Update, Fall 2014.
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