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Jim Waide

Waide & Associates, P.A.

According to one of his fellow attorneys, no one ever accused Jim Waide of turning away a case based on the degree of difficulty.

“He is an attorney that does not shy from the demanding or unpopular cases,” said Nicole McLaughlin, a Tupelo colleague.  “He’s known for changing and molding the law while exhibiting a very high moral compass.”

Long before he was president and managing partner of Waide & Associates, P.A., the West Point native played football at Millsaps College and went on to become a decorated Vietnam veteran, earning the Bronze Star as a member of the U.S. Marines.

He’s not afraid of a challenge and his law practice reflects the same.  Waide’s career has focused on civil rights cases in his home state and has had four cases accepted by the United States Supreme Court, with the most significant being Roger Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products Inc. 530 U.S. 133 (2000), which limited the authority of federal judges to overturn jury verdicts.

Whit Waide says his uncle has never forgotten his Golden Triangle roots.

“Because of his devotion to the forgotten, he never took the easy way out,” said Whit Waide, a Mississippi State University professor.  “Jim’s always devoted his life to the voiceless people of northeast Mississippi.”

Jim Waide says his contribution to the legal community is representing the poor who have suffered at the hands of those with far more resources and power.

“I obtained the first jury verdict for an African American from an all-white jury for racial discrimination in 1995,” he said.

He’s also represented several whites who have been victims of race discrimination by African Americans after a black majority had taken control of a local government.  In another notable case, Waide represented several farmers who were sued by Monsanto Company for exercising their traditional right to sow and replant their own seed.

Waide prevailed for his clients in Monsanto Co. v. McFarling, 363 F.3d 1336 (Fed.Cir.2004)  after the federal court ruled that Monsanto couldn’t enforce a financially ruinous damages provision in the company’s standard form contracts which farmers must sign to purchase seed.

Another Tupelo lawyer, Kirk Tharp, gives Waide high marks for his professionalism, both in and out of the courtroom.

“Jim has an excellent reputation in the legal community.  He is well-respected and very knowledgeable,” Tharp said.  “I don’t believe there is any attorney in Mississippi who is more deserving of being recognized as one of the state’s best and brightest.”

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More on Jim Waide:

Age: 64

Birthplace: West Point

Law school: Tulane University

Family: Married with children

Role model: : Former Millsaps College head football coach Harper Davis

Donates time to: Salvation Army, Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society

Most valuable skill: Explaining facts of a case in a simple, understandable fashion

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