John Dollarhide won his share of awards as a college student at two institutions of higher learning, but the young attorney with Ridgeland-based Butler | Snow especially cherishes his latest recognition.
The Jackson Young Lawyers Association (JYL) recently presented Dollarhide with its Outstanding Service Award. He was singled out specifically for his work to promote the JYL Legal Beagle 5k Run/Walk, which raised more than $20,000 for the charitable Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.
“I was shocked that I won,” Dollarhide said. “It was totally unexpected. I count it as my highest award. It means that much to me.”
“We are very proud of John for receiving this honor,” said Butler Snow chairman Don Clark. “It is a testament to not only his commitment to the Jackson community, but also his upstanding character.”
Clark added that Dollarhide has quickly become a valued member of the Butler Snow staff, which is especially noteworthy since Dollarhide did not originally choose law as his career.
A Jackson native, Dollarhide earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University, graduating magna cum laude in 2005. Interested in health care, he hired on with a Jackson hospital with the intention of going on to medical school.
However, he quickly realized that medicine was not his field. Exploring his options, Dollarhide decided law was his calling, and was thrilled to get a “very generous offer” from the Mississippi College School of Law.
It proved a sound decision. While at MC Law, he served as the articles editor for the Mississippi College Law Review. He was also a member of the Moot Court board, and won Am Jur awards in 12 separate legal areas. He served two internships — one under Federal District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III, Southern District of Mississippi, and the other with Federal Magistrate Judge James C. Sumner, Southern District of Mississippi — before graduating summa cum laude with his juris doctor from MC Law in 2010.
That same year, he won admission to the Mississippi Bar Association and secured a position with Butler | Snow.
Dollarhide is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on business and commercial disputes, pharmaceutical and medical devices, general litigation, insurance coverage and e-discovery.
In addition to the Mississippi Bar Association, he is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (Young Lawyers Steering Committee and Webcast Subcommittee) and Capital Area Bar Association. Dollarhide is also the 2013-2015 director of Jackson Young Lawyers.
Dollarhide’s advice to aspiring attorneys is to get involved.
“Talk to lawyers,” he said. “I’d be more than happy to take a cold call from a young person who is looking at the legal profession. And, try to get experience. Volunteer as a paralegal or a runner; see what a law office is like.
“You also need good reading and writing skills, and to develop sound judgment. If you want to get a good job with a great law firm like Butler | Snow, you have to be great in law school, and to be great in law school you have to get involved.”
While Dollarhide was recognized by JYL for his work with the Legal Beagle 5K Run/Walk, he had to give up his love for running after an injury. Still, he enjoys golfing, Mississippi State University football, his two dogs and spending time with his wife, Haley, who he married just this year.