The law firm of Taggart, Rimes, & Usry, PLLC, recently added Jim Martin, Jenna Bailey and Clay Baldwin, bringing to nine the number of attorneys available at the firm to serve the business community of the state. Martin, who has joined the firm “of counsel,” brings an entire career’s worth of experience practicing law to the firm’s clients. He has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubell for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of business and commercial transactions, corporate, real estate, employment matters and ad valorem tax matters involving appeals before municipal, county and state taxing authorities, zoning disputes. Martin also owns an accomplished record in commercial litigation.
Bailey graduated with honors from Ole Miss Law School in 2010. She was actively involved as a staff editor of the Mississippi Law Journal. During her time in law school, Bailey worked as an intern in the Office of Legal Counsel at Ole Miss. Bringing the with her the spirit of the intercollegiate athlete she was, Bailey has filled critical needs in the practice areas of business law, residential and commercial real estate transactions, corporate litigation and wills and estates. She has worked on a variety of commercial transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, the formation of business entities and general corporate and contract matters.
Baldwin graduated with honors from Mississippi College School of Law in Dec. 2009. He has over 15 years of experience in the federal government, both military and civilian, with extensive training and experience internationally. Baldwin is providing the business clients of the firm with a service not commonly found in Mississippi. Building on his experience with the government, he offers expertise in international law, including import/export matters, contracts for the international sale of goods and services, licensing of technology, joint ventures, agent and distributor agreements, international regulatory compliance and foreign direct investment assistance among other areas. He was recently asked to take part in the Mississippi District Export Council under the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and he is an active member of the Mississippi World Trade Center. Baldwin is also assisting businesses that need negotiation services with international business partners and assistance initiating and maintaining their business relationships overseas.