Tommie is a member and former Practice Group leader for the Regulatory and Government Relations group. His practice is focused on administrative law, government relations and environmental law.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1987

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Government Relations Practice, 2007-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, 2012
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Administrative Law, 2011-2017
  • 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
  • Board of Directors, Mississippi School Boards Association, Central District, 2009-2012
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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.