Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC
Betty Burton Arinder, a member of Wells Marble & Hurst, Ridgeland, has achieved wide respect for developing a thriving practice in the defense of employers, self-insured groups and carriers in Mississippi workers’ compensation claims.
“With my partner, Roxanne Case, I established a workers’ compensation section at Mississippi’s second-oldest law firm, Wells, Marble & Hurst, while maintaining my existing client base,” Arinder said. “That has led to invitations to speak on various issues affecting the practice area at events such as the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation educational conference, seminars for the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI) and the annual RISK seminar for the Mississippi School Boards Association.”
Arinder has been a statewide mediator for the Workers’ Compensation section of The Mississippi Bar Association since that program began in Feb. 2002. She served on the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission from 2003 to 2006, and chaired the Workers’ Compensation section of The Mississippi Bar from July 2008 to July 2009.
“I am active in all aspects of workers’ compensation law, assisting the Bar section and the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission as well as my clients and related trade groups to provide the best administrative system in the state,” Arinder said. “I also make sure that I conduct myself at all times in a manner to bring honor and respectability to the practice of law in a time when lawyers are routinely viewed as unethical and interested only in financial reward.”
Dan M. Gibson, executive director, MASI, said Arinder has contributed greatly to MASI’s efforts to maintain a good business environment.
“Having known Betty for several years, I can truthfully say that she is a woman of great integrity, dedicated to her profession and always willing to volunteer her services and resources when called upon,” Gibson said. “Betty has been an active member of MASI ever since I have been executive director. She has helped us review proposed legislation affecting workers’ comp, research legal matters, draft bills, and has even attended legislative committee meetings and hearings on our behalf. She presently serves on our Legislative Committee and Continuing Education Committee and frequently speaks as a legal expert at our events.
“Everyone I have ever met speaks highly of her. She enjoys a good relationship with the commissioners, judges, and staff persons, and she treats every person she meets with dignity and respect.”
More on Betty Burton Arinder:
Family: Husband, Gary; children, Tori, Amy and Graham
Hobbies: Reading, cooking and collecting cookbooks and recipes, and traveling with my family
Best lawyer movie: “Miracle on 34th Street”
Role models: Female lawyers such as late former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy, former Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Mary Libby Payne and Shirley Norwood Jones, who paved the way with dignity for female lawyers in this state
One word that describes her: Integrity
Favorite place to travel: Smoky Mountains
First job: Cashier/customer service assistant at Fred’s in Winona
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