William Larry Latham, William F. Blair and F. M. (Rae) Turner III have joined New Orleans-based Mediation Arbitration Professional Systems (maps®).
Latham is included in the Directory of Mediators, published by the Mississippi State Bar. In addition to the minimum training required for inclusion in that Directory, Latham has successfully completed the 40 hour mediation training at Duke University as required by the rules of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He also completed advanced mediation training conducted by the Harvard Law School and is an approved neutral for the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Divisions of Mississippi.
Blair was awarded the Dean Robert J. Farley Award for graduating first in his law school class. He served on the University of Mississippi Law Journal from 1976 to 1978. He began his legal career in Jackson, Mississippi, when he was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1978. Bill practiced with the law firm of Gerald, Brand, Watters & Cox from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1986, Bill served as V.P. Legal of Callon Petroleum Company, and in 1986, he joined the firm of Ott & Purdy, where he managed the Energy Section of the firm. In 1994, he formed the firm of McDaniel & Blair which later became Blair & Bondurant. In addition to the Mississippi Bar, he is also admitted to practice in the U. S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U. S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.
Since 1975, Turner, has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases involving serious personal injuries, medical and hospital malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, defective products (including drugs and medical devices), wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, electrical injuries, offshore and industrial accidents, and industrial fires and explosions. His commercial litigation experience extends to contract disputes, corporate, LLC, and partnership disagreements and dissolution, and contested probate matters.
Turner has been admitted to practice in state courts in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, both United States District Courts in Mississippi, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Tax Court.
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