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Brunini attorneys make Best Lawyers

Twenty-one attorneys from Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010. These attorneys are: Lawrence E. Allison Jr. (commercial litigation); Edmund L. Brunini Jr. (healthcare law, oil & gas law); Stephen J. Carmody (intellectual property law); W. Rodney Clement Jr. (land use & zoning law, real estate ...

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Hewitt certified, Starks joins team

Nate Hewett, a senior network engineer with Synergetics DCS in Starkville, has received his Microsoft MCITP Server Administrator 2008 and MCITP Enterprise Administrator 2008 certification. He received this certification through an intensive 13-day boot camp held in Dallas, Texas. Hewitt has been with Synergetics over 10 years. Hope Starks from Heber Springs, Ark., has joined the Synergetics team. Starks graduated ...

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Wiggers replacing Sowell at Goodwill

The board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi announces that Gray Wiggers of Jackson will be its new president and CEO, succeeding Darby Sowell, who is retiring after serving Goodwill for more than three decades. Wiggers is a long-time community volunteer and prior to his retirement in 2007 for family reasons, served as senior vice president and director of ...

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Mayfield named new dean at MUW

Dr. William “Bill” Mayfield has joined Mississippi University for Women (MUW) as dean of the School of Professional Studies, a new school that combines the College of Business and Legal Studies and Culinary Arts Institute. Mayfield assumed his duties in July. Prior to joining MUW, he served as the dean of the College of Business at Indiana Tech University and ...

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Balch & Bingham attorneys honored

Best Lawyers has selected five partners of Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office and six partners from the firm’s Gulfport office for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010. Those recognized in 2009 from the Jackson office include: Scott E. Andress, gaming law; R. Pepper Crutcher Jr., intellectual property law and labor and employment law; Tim Ford, government relations law; Armin ...

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Balch & Bingham attorneys honored

Best Lawyers has selected five partners of Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office and six partners from the firm’s Gulfport office for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010. Those recognized in 2009 from the Jackson office include: Scott E. Andress, gaming law; R. Pepper Crutcher Jr., intellectual property law and labor and employment law; Tim Ford, government relations law; Armin ...

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Wrighton elevated to associate dean

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of political science Dr. Mark Wrighton is the new associate dean for the Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters. In his new role, Wrighton serves as direct representative for all academic and administrative issues for the College of Arts and Letters on the Gulf Coast, including leadership of its programs and ...

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Adams and Reeece have 11 attorneys named to top list

Adams and Reese, LLP, had 11 attorneys from its Jackson office selected for Best Lawyers in America for 2010, while 12 of the firm’s practice areas were ranked first by Best Lawyers in Mississippi. Jackson attorneys selected for Best Lawyers included Charles P. Adams Jr. (corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and securities law); Holmes S. Adams (trusts and estates); ...

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Pace to serve as research counsel

Niki Pace has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Legal Program as research counsel. In her new role, she will provide research about ocean and coastal legal issues to Sea Grant constituents and other agencies. She also will supervise law student research and writing projects and serve as editor of “Water Log,” a quarterly legal publication. Pace has a bachelor’s ...

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Spruill elected to ABA board

Beau Rivage Hotel Resort & Casino announced leisure sales manager Linda Spruill, CTIS, has been unanimously elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Bus Association (ABA), the leading group travel and tourism industry association with nearly 4,000 members scattered across North America. Spruill, a certified travel industry specialist, is the only gaming resort representative on the ...

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