The University of Southern Mississippi has named Robert D. Gholson its new General Counsel. Gholson will succeed Jon Mark Weathers, who won the post of Circuit Court Judge, Place 2, in last November’s election.
Gholson joins USM from Gholson Burson Entrekin & Orr, P.A., in Laurel, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Jones County and across South Mississippi. As a shareholder, Gholson specialized in the areas of insurance defense, workers compensation, federal litigation, products liability, and malpractice defense, among others. He has also represented diverse parties concerning intellectual property, land and title matters, and multi-million dollar bond issues.
He is a member of The Mississippi Bar, Jones County Bar Association, the Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association, and the International Association of Defense Counsel; a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation; and an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Previously he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Mississippi National Guard and as a judge in the Mississippi Court of Military Appeals.
Gholson has received the highest possible peer rating from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, in recognition of his exceptional legal ability and ethical standards. He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi, and he is admitted to practice law in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
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