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Copeland Cook announces new associates

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A., welcomed attorneys Shauncey Hunter, Dillon King, and Ian Underwood to the law firm’s Ridgeland office.

Hunter joins the firm as an associate in CCTB’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups after her role as attorney-adviser to nine administrative-law judges who hear disability appeals at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings Operations. She also counseled the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ purchasing, accounting, contracts, and grants divisions as the agency’s procurement attorney.

Hunter graduated cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2016 and was active on the MC Law Moot Court Board. She received the 2016 Justice Jess Dickinson Professionalism Award, 2015 MC Law Women in the Profession Award, and 2013–16 MC Law Best Paper Awards.

A magna cum laude graduate of the Manship School of Mass Communication’s BA program at Louisiana State University, Hunter actively volunteers to judge moot-court competitions at MC Law and in the youth department of Word of Life Church in Flowood.

King joins the firm as an associate in the CCTB Insurance & Risk Management Services and Transportation practice groups.

He was a judicial extern for Hon. Judge P. Olack of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and in-house summer associate with W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.

King graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2016. As a member of UM Law’s Negotiation Board, King and his team received national recognition for winning the Carey Center/FINRA Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon.

Prior to law school, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration’s MBA program and the Mississippi State University College of Business’ BBA program.
Underwood joins the firm as an associate in CCTB’s Appellate Practice and Insurance & Risk Management Services practice groups.

At Mississippi College School of Law, Underwood was the MC Law Federalist Society President. After graduating in 2016, Underwood began clerking for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David M. Ishee when he was a judge at the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Underwood also interned for Honorable Judge Robert P. Krebs at the Circuit Court of Jackson County in 2014.

Underwood’s background includes experience as an extern/intern with the Mississippi Republican Party, Mississippi Secretary of State Regulations and Enforcement Division, and Office of Congressman Steven Palazzo.

He graduated from Mississippi College Department of History and Political Science’s BS program in 2012.

Underwood played intercollegiate baseball while at Mississippi College.

Hunter and Underwood are licensed to practice law in Mississippi. King is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and New York.

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