Office Information

  • Practice Group Leader, Regulatory and Government Relations Group
Tommie serves as Practice Group leader for the Regulatory and Government Relations group.  His practice is focused on administrative law, government relations and environmental law.

Biography – View PDF Bio

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1987

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Practice
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Administrative Law, 2011-2015
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Alumni Fellow, College of Arts & Sciences, Mississippi State University, 2016
  • Chair, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, 2013 - 2016
  • President, Clinton Public School District Board of Trustees, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Board of Directors, State Law Resources
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Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1986
  • Mississippi State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983
  • Clerkship,
    Judge James L. Robertson, Mississippi Supreme Court, 1986-1987

Experience

  • In re: Validation of Lauderdale County, Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013, No. 2013-CA-01684-SCT (Miss. 2015).
  • Lead Counsel, Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment (Congressional and State), (2001-05) (2010-2013).
  • Akins v. Golden Triangle Planning & Development District, Inc., __ So. 3d __, 2010 WL 1909564 (Miss.)
  • Woullard v. Mississippi, 2006 WL 1806457 (S.D. Miss. 2006).
  • Waters v. Gnemi, 907 So.2d 307 (Miss. 2005).
  • Bond v. Marion County Board of Supervisors, 807 So.2d 1208 (Miss. 2001).
  • Upton v. McKenzie, 761 So.2d 167 (Miss. 2000).
  • Ladner v. Necaise, 771 So.2d 353 (Miss. 2000).
  • Zimmerman v. Three Rivers Planning and Development District, 747 So.2d 853 (Miss. Ct. App. 1999).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Mississippi Legislative Redistricting in the New Millenium”, 85 Miss. L. J.  1193 (2017).
  • Co-author, “Preclearance Politics in Mississippi: State Legislative Redistricting”, 46 Cumberland Law Review 349 (2015-2016).
  • 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.
  • Author, "Legislative Redistricting: New Challenges," America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, 2nd ed., American Bar Association, July 2012.
  • ​Co-Author, "Election Challenges Involving Candidates for Federal Office," America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, American Bar Association, February 2008.