Phelps Dunbar attorney Troy Johnston was recently named general counsel for the Mississippi Municipal League (MML), the official organization of cities and towns of Mississippi. The MML represents the collective interests of over 288 cities and towns across Mississippi to the state legislature, provides timely information on critical municipal issues, offers certification and training for elected officials and provides valuable networking opportunities.
As counsel in the regional business practice group in Phelps Dunbar’s Jackson office, Johnston focuses his practice on municipal law and public finance. His public finance practice includes serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee counsel, as applicable, for the issuance of all types of municipal bonds including general obligation bonds, water and sewer revenue bonds, tax increment financing bonds, urban renewal bonds and industrial development bonds.
In a separate item, Phelps Dunbar attorney W. Brett Harvey was recently named president-elect of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, where he will serve as president for a two-year term from February 2012 through February 2014. The association is comprised of lawyers who regularly appear before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Harvey practices in the firm’s Jackson office. He dedicates a significant portion of his practice to handling appellate litigation. He has represented clients in matters before various federal courts of appeals, the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, he served as a law clerk to Judge E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also represents private and public employers in employment discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour disputes, and regulatory matters before federal agencies.
He has taught employment law as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law for the last two years.
Harvey is a member of the Mississippi Bar, various Federal Courts and Courts of Appeals and the Rotary Club of Downtown Jackson.