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Paula N. Stennett-Yancey

Jackson County Board of Supervisors Prior to becoming in-house attorney for the Jackson County Supervisors, Paula Stennett Yancey practiced in the area of family law. “A judge once told me I was one of the few family lawyers he had seen whose clients loved them win, lose or draw,” she said. “Since that time, I have been through four diverse ...

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Beth C. Clay

The Clay Firm In 1986, Jackson attorney Beth Clay’s list of clients for her budding government affairs practice numbered a grand total of one. Today, The Clay Firm is the only Mississippi law firm named to the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the area of government relations.  Last year, Clay was recognized as the state’s top legislative ...

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Martin E. Willoughby

Willoughby Law Group, PLLC Writing comes almost as naturally for Hattiesburg native Martin Willoughby as does representing clients in a court of law. After all, in addition to his duties as managing member of the Willoughby Law Group, the versatile Willoughby also pens columns and articles for the Mississippi Business Journal, Mississippi Medical News and Pointe Innovation magazine. He has ...

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Angela Davis-Morris

Davis-Morris Law Firm, P.A. When a financially distressed mother approached Angela Davis-Morris for help to obtain disability for her emotionally unsettled and violent 10-year-old son, this Hattiesburg lawyer’s practice changed. She had been working in criminal defense and bankruptcy law, but she changed to assisting clients with disability claims. “I felt such compassion for this lady and her situation that ...

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H. Hunter Twiford III

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC Admittedly, Hunter Twiford says he’s not the “smartest person in the courtroom,” but he claims he strives to be the most prepared. “I place a high value on hard work and attention to details,” said the Memphis-born attorney.  “I never try to take myself too seriously, but certainly take my opponent (in court) that way.” Twiford, a ...

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Jeramie J. Fortenberry

Fortenberry Law Group Jeramie J. Fortenberry, a private practitioner with the Fortenberry Law Group in Gulfport, believes that being a good tax lawyer requires one to see beyond the tax or legal issues and really understand the client’s goals and objectives. “Too many tax attorneys focus exclusively on the legal aspects and don’t listen carefully the client’s non-tax goals,” said ...

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John Benton Clark

Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. There aren’t many lawyers who can say they’ve spent 43 years at the same law firm but count John Clark among those who have. The long-time contract attorney with Daniel Coker Horton & Bell in Jackson specializes in professional liability cases and lists his former law partners, Joe Daniel and Curtis Coker (both deceased), ...

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Ray McNamara

Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush, P.A. When Ray McNamara graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1969, he immediately entered Naval Flight Officer Training and thought he would never come back to his home state. However, in 1973 he returned to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law. “My primary motivator for choosing a career in law was to ...

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Fred Krutz

Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP As a founding member of the Jackson law firm of Forman Perry Watkins & Tardy, Mississippi Delta native Fred Kurtz continues to strive for excellence as one of its principal managing partners. Asked to name one word that would characterize himself, Krutz didn’t hesitate: passionate. Under his guidance, Forman Perry has grown from ...

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Donald Clark Jr.

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC With a career spanning over four decades, Donald Clark has honed his legal skills in a variety of areas, including representation of the State of Mississippi, commissions, political subdivisions and numerous public officials. He came by his interest in law naturally.  Clark’s paternal grandfather was a noted trial lawyer in Wayne County, and ...

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