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Artificial intelligence a game changer for the practice of law

By BECKY GILLETTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted by law firms for many different functions that can help lawyers do a better job at a lower cost, said William Painter, chief innovation officer and shareholder with Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. “These important tools allow us to be more efficient in what we do and give us additional insights into ...

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Taxpayer costs adding up in legal fight over Jackson airport

Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi’s largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Regulatory burden reduction legislation poised to become law

Bank regulatory relief legislation appears poised to be enacted. The U.S. Senate passed S.2155 with substantial bipartisan support and sent the Bill to the House of Representatives for consideration. While S.2155 contains several significant regulatory burden reduction provisions, many in the House of Representatives wanted additional burden reduction measures added. The Senate was clear that any attempts to expand on ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Blue Cross policy dispute battle revisited

In terms of governmental policy disputes, the 2013 battle between a private hospital chain, Health Management Associates, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, was epic in proportions. What began as a contract dispute between two major corporations quickly escalated, eventually involving the governor, the commissioner of insurance, the attorney general, the Legislature, and a federal district court. The ...

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Butler Snow named runner-up for International Law Firm of the Year

Butler Snow is pleased to announce the firm was named runner-up for International Law Firm of the Year – USA in Citywealth magazine’s 2018 Magic Circle Awards. The 2018 Magic Circle Awards, the premier awards for the private client financial sector, were held May 10 at the Hilton London Banskside. “We are very honored to receive this award from one ...

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Butler Snow Attorneys elected Jackson Young Lawyers 2018 officers

Butler Snow attorneys La’Toyia J. Slay and Paul S. Rosenblatt were recently elected to leadership positions within Jackson Young Lawyers (JYL). Slay will serve as the President-elect and Rosenblatt will serve as the ‘Director 1’ post. “La’Toyia and Paul will bring great leadership to the Jackson Young Lawyers organization,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman, Butler Snow. “This is a well-deserved ...

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Baker Donelson Achieves High Rankings in Chambers USA 2018

Ten attorneys from the Jackson office of Baker Donelson have been ranked as leading practitioners in the recently released 2018 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory of America’s leading lawyers for business. Of these attorneys, two were included in Band 1, the top tier in Chambers USA. Across the Firm, 79 Baker Donelson attorneys were ranked as leading ...

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Judge to decide who will seek victim repayment in ponzi scheme

A judge is taking bids to decide who should collect assets and repay victims of a $100-million-plus fraud. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves last week told Mississippi’s secretary of state and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to each submit proposals. Arthur Lamar Adams pleaded guilty May 9 to wire fraud. Authorities say the 58-year-old Jackson resident persuaded investors to ...

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Butler Snow adds four attorneys to Ridgeland office

Butler Snow announced today that Andrea La’Verne Edney, W. Davis Frye, George Clanton (Clay) Gunn IV, and Adam D. Porter have joined the firm in its Ridgeland office. Edney and Porter will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation group. Frye and Gunn will practice with Butler Snow’s tort, transportation and specialized litigation group. “We are fortunate ...

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Adams and Reese’s Ogletree elected a Fellow in ACREL

Adams and Reese Jackson office partner Gee Ogletree has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). Admission to the prestigious ACREL is by invitation only after a screening process with importance legal ability, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct. Ogletree joined Adams and Reese in 1997 as a founding member ...

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