Phelps Dunbar attorney Reuben V. Anderson was recently inducted into the University of Mississippi School of Law’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Five alumni, including Anderson, comprised the second class inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Anderson, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in Mississippi, is a senior partner in the general litigation group in the firm’s Jackson office. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, regulatory and governmental matters and gaming. In addition to his work at the firm, Anderson has cultivated a professional resume of legal service. Key positions have included: Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government at the University of Mississippi, Fall of 1995; Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, 1985-90; Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit Court District, 1982-85; County Court Judge for Hinds County, 1977-82; Municipal Judge for the City of Jackson, 1975-77; Partner, Anderson, Banks, Nichols & Stewart, 1968-77; Mississippi Associate Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1967-75. Anderson is among a select group of lawyers, recognized in the category of Litigation: General Commercial, listed in a nationwide client survey published in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Anderson is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, first African-American president from 1997-1998; American Bar Association; Hinds County Bar Association; Magnolia Bar Association; National Bar Association; 100 Black Men of Jackson; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association; and U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association. He is the director of AT&T, The Kroger Company and MINACT Inc. He is a trustee for the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Piney Woods Country Life School, Tougaloo College, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Mississippi. He was inductee into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame in 1995. He has been recognized with the Mississippi Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, the University of Mississippi School of Law Alumnus of the Year in 2005, and he is the namesake for Tougaloo College’s Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Society.