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Phelps Dunbar adds partner

Mark N. Halbert has joined the Tupelo office of Phelps Dunbar LLP as a partner practicing in the area of litigation with a focus on employment law. Halbert has more than 20 years of litigation experience, with extensive experience in employment litigation, tort claims, commercial litigation and estate disputes. He represents management in a variety of employment matters including employment ...

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Stuart Lott selected for forum

Bradley Arant attorney Stuart P. Lott has been selected to participate in the Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum for 2016. The program began Jan. 21 and run through May 2016. The mission of the annual Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum is to prepare Mississippi lawyers for future opportunities in leadership roles. Participants learn how to succeed not only in their law careers, ...

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Ben Young admitted as partner

R. Ben Young, CPA, has been admitted as partner with Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC, a regional accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Gulfport and Wiggins. Young, a native of Gulfport, joined Alexander Van Loon in 2001. Since 2010, Young has served as director of the firm’s tax department providing tax. Young received his Bachelor ...

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Jim Greenlee appointed to court

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Jim M. Greenlee to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Greenlee replaces James D. Maxwell, who Bryant recently appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Greenlee will represent Northeast Mississippi’s District 1. Greenlee is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. He currently is in private practice with Holcomb Dunbar in Oxford, having ...

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Watkins & Eager adds members

John B. Howell III and Molly Jeffcoat Moody have been named members at Watkins & Eager PLLC. Howell has a litigation-focused practice, with significant experience in commercial litigation, employment and labor litigation, tort and general litigation, medical malpractice and health care, product liability, appellate advocacy and banking, financial services, and securities litigation. Before coming to the firm he clerked for ...

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Former Bryant chief of staff Lucien Smith returns to Balch & Bingham

Lucien Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant’s former chief of staff, has joined Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office as a partner in the Governmental Relations Section. Smith brings lengthy experience in government relations  from  serving as counsel to multiple Mississippi governors, as well as experience in business and financial litigation. Before working with Gov. Bryant, Smith was an attorney in Balch’s Jackson ...

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Lamar to become third state Supreme Court justice to depart

JACKSON — A third justice is leaving the Mississippi Supreme Court, continuing turnover on the nine-member body. Justice Ann H. Lamar of Senatobia says she’ll retire at the end of her current term in December. Unlike two other justices, the 63-year-old will not resign early, meaning Gov. Phil Bryant won’t name a replacement. Voters in the state’s Northern District will ...

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ED WILMESHERR — Life in the post-subprime mortgage era 

Banks in general, and community banks in particular, have experienced eight years of challenges, beginning with the first days of the great recession in 2007. The years 2007 and 2008 were a time of liquidity crisis and fallout from the housing bubble and the so-called subprime mortgage crisis. Bank regulatory agencies imposed extraordinary scrutiny upon banks, their loan portfolios, their ...

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3 lawyers join Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office

Balch & Bingham LLP Jackson’s office has added three litigators as partners in the firm’s Product Liability & Casualty Practice Group and Labor & Employment Section. Jennifer Jones Skipper, Colleen S. Welch and Christy Crockett White have a combined 45 years experience. Skipper joins has extensive litigation experience in product liability, toxic and environmental torts, wrongful death and negligence cases. ...

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Butler Snow adds office at Asia’s front door

Ridgeland’s Butler Snow has extended its international reach into Asia, opening an office in Singapore and virtual office in Hong Kong to serve ultra-wealthy residents and businesses within the Pacific Rim. The expansion adds to 18 offices the 300-lawyer firm has throughout the U.S. and London. The  Singapore office will provide U.S. tax and estate planning advice to ultra-high net worth families ...

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