By LYNN LOFTON
There’s a new law firm in town, Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, started by three accomplished young women who’re on a mission to bring their kind of law practice to the area.
“Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, was founded Aug. 1, 2015, with the vision for minority women attorneys to own and manage a law practice representing corporations, insurance carriers, government entities, small businesses and individuals,” said partner LaToya Jeter.
Partner Katrina Brown added, “The founding partners have sought to use the wealth of experience they attained over the years — inside and outside the courtroom — to offer the highest quality of professional service to clients while fostering their diverse backgrounds to provide a unique perspective.”
That perspective includes the philosophy of continually improving the value of the firm’s legal services by fostering great client relationships. “At Brown Bass & Jeter, we do not simply encourage, but rather, demand communication, integrity, and professionalism in all that we do,” Brown said.
Each of the partners has a background in insurance which they feel strengthens the firm’s service.
“The firm was established to blend the vast resources of experienced civil defense attorneys with the responsive service and communication of a small firm,” said partner Lilli Evans Bass. “All the founding partners have represented a wide array of well-known and prestigious insurance clients, and harness the wisdom accumulated from those experiences to deliver the same caliber of representation to not only corporations and insurance carriers but to small businesses and individuals.
“The partners’ background in insurance and defense litigation affords us the specialized insurance knowledge and resources to craft creative solutions to some of the most complex issues.”
The firm on Lakeland Drive in Jackson has a number of practice areas while focusing on medical malpractice, personal injury, government law, bankruptcy, employment law, and premises liability.
The partners believe that a firm owned and managed by minority women encourages the commitment to recruit, promote, and retain talented minority and women professionals.
“We also have the ability within our firm to encourage and support women leaders to create an environment of innovation and inclusion which better serves our clients and our communities,” Brown said.
Bass says they hope to see the firm grow based on the needs of clients.
“We hope to continue to add attorneys and staff to the firm from diverse backgrounds to cultivate different ideas and perspectives.”
Keeping clients’ needs in the forefront will fuel the firm‘s growth, the partners believe.
“We understand that the legal process is overwhelming for most clients. As such, BBJ is structured to provide prompt, helpful and effective legal advice and representation to its clients,” Jeter said.
Bass is a summa cum laude graduate of Tougaloo College, received her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was admitted to the Mississippi bar in 2008. She served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable George C. Carlson, Jr., Presiding Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court. She is a member of Phi Delta Phi, served as vice president of the Law Association for Women, won the American Jurisprudence Award for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and was an intern with the Honorable S. Allan Alexander, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Brown is an honors graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006. She served as editor of the Journal of Space Law, was on the Moot Court Board, a member of Phi Delta Phi, and won the American Jurisprudence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Jeter graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as Student Government president, and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006. She also served as editor of the Journal of Space Law. She won the American Jurisprudence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution and the American Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law.