Steve is a member of our Public Finance, Tax Incentives & Credit Markets Practice Group.  He focuses his practice on ​government finance, economic development incentives and government relations.

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board, Chairman
  • Mississippi Arts Commission, Vice Chair
  • Mississippi Arts Commission, Former Chairman
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Silver Gavel Awards, Chairman
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Public Education, Member
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Trustee
  • Mississippi Museum of Art and Art Garden, Building Committee, Chairman


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Project Finance Law, 2013-2018
    • Government Relations Practice, 2013-2018
    • Economic Development Law, 2016-2018
    • Municipal Law, 2017-2018
    • Public Finance Law, 2005-2006
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Finance – Mississippi, 2007-2016
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Government Finance, 2006 – 2007, 2011–2017

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1973
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., English and Political Science, 1971
    • Editor of Ole Miss Annual
    • University of Mississippi Hall of Fame
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Phi Delta Phi


  • Represented Chevron USA in $2.4 billion financings for the expansion of their largest U.S. refinery.
  • In 2008, as a result of the collapse of the auction rate securities market, refinanced and restructured more than $200 million in government debt.
  • Represented the world's second largest truck manufacturer in all matters related to site selection and construction of their first U.S. engine plant.
  • Following Hurricane Katrina, participated in the drafting of congressional legislation to provide assistance to governments and businesses in the affected areas.
  • Served as lead counsel in a $200 million tax credit financing, the second largest tax credit financing ever done.
  • Represented numerous U.S. and international companies in the location, financing and construction of facilities in the U.S.
  • Worked with an investment banking firm to develop a government commercial paper program that did not require third party liquidity
  • Served as lead counsel in a $200 million bond tender done to allow for debt refinancing.
  • Represented cities, counties, and other governmental units in Mississippi and Alabama including the States of Mississippi and Alabama in the issuance of various types of municipal debt.