Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases through the years, working with major corporations and businesses.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings is a large firm with more than 500 lawyers, with 8 offices in 5 states plus the District of Columbia. The firm has 35 lawyers based in its downtown Jackson offices, with an additional 35 employees.
“We’re bullish on downtown Jackson,” he told us in a recent meeting. “We’re very pleased with some of the recent changes in downtown development, and we’re beginning to see younger folks attracted to living in the downtown area.”
Roy told us that the firm is committed to maintaining its presence in downtown Jackson, and “the folks who work here enjoy being downtown”.
Residing in Fondren, Roy is also committed personally to Jackson. Along with other leaders, he sees the key to a positive future for the city of Jackson as having to do with improving the quality of education, dealing with some of the key infrastructure needs the city faces, and making Jackson a safer and more secure place to live and work.
“I do think we’re seeing some bright spots in the city,” he said, pointing to the new development along I-55, Whole Foods, and other promising opportunities.
From Roy’s point of view, getting Jackson onto a positive footing will also have excellent benefits for the state as a whole. He points to what he calls a “strong culture of civility and camaraderie” in Mississippi, and believes that people here genuinely care about each other and “want the very best quality of life we can achieve.”
“Of course, we have to be aggressive in competing for new business and industry,” he said. He sees one of the most important considerations as progress in creating an educated workforce who can deliver the skills business is looking for.
“Nothing will pay more dividends for our state than continuing to improve public education,” he said. “But I do think we’re making progress, and some of the key programs underway in this state to improve reading skills are great indicators of that.”
He sees outstanding opportunities throughout Mississippi. “Certainly, there are enormous opportunities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said. “But then, there are so many great assets we hold as a state….timber and agricultural lands, water, oil and gas, and a great manufacturing base and climate.”
As one of Mississippi’s top legal professionals, Roy also shares his household with another top professional. His wife, after raising their 3 daughters, decided to follow a dream and went to medical school. She now is a busy Jackson physician specializing in internal medicine.
Does Roy continue to believe that the practice of law is a good vocation for young folks who are looking ahead to a promising career?
“Yes, I believe that a legal education is still a great thing,” he said. “For one thing, it teaches people how to debate issues in a generally open and non-hostile environment, and whether a person with a law degree practices law, or chooses to utilize that legal education in a different career field, it is still incredibly beneficial.”
Roy looks forward to his tenure at the helm of the Mississippi Bar Association, and hopes to foster continued dialog among Mississippi legal professionals.
A brief video interview with Roy can be seen on our website, MSBusiness.com, or on our YouTube channel, mbjournal.
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