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BKD announces recent promotions

BKD has announced the promotion of four team members in the audit and tax departments.  Michael Hill, CPA, has been promoted to Managing Director.  Hill provides tax compliance and consulting services for large and small business enterprises in a variety of industries including, timber, commercial real estate, REITs, restaurant franchising, wholesale distribution and publishing industries as well as large family ...

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BEN WILLIAMS – The U.S. Supreme Court and sexual orientation

At 9 a.m. CST, Monday, June 15, 2020, 21 days into a reenergized civil rights movement, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia. Under neoteric COVID-19 procedures, disseminations of the ruling occurred online rather than being nobly announced by the Justice-author from the Court’s winged, mahogany bench. Bostock proclaimed a ginormous ...

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Thomas achieves national recertification in Civil Trial Law

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) recently announced that Philip Thomas has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. The NBTA was designed to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree in History from Louisiana State University.  He is a 1993 graduate of the ...

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Kelsi Baldwin receives Sadler Award at Mississippi College

Enrolling at Mississippi College Law School starting in August, Kelsi Baldwin says her career will lead her to serve society’s voiceless. “There are countless individuals who feel as if their voice has been ripped away, and I want to help them find it again,” says the Clinton resident. “I have no doubt that MC Law will equip me with the ...

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Carlyn Hicks appointed Hinds County Court Judge

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph has temporarily appointed Jackson attorney Carlyn M. Hicks as a special judge for the Hinds County Court. The appointment is to the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Melvin V. Priester Sr., who retired from the Hinds County Court on June 3. Hicks said, “I am honored and humbled by the confidence ...

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Baker Donelson named Gold Standard Firm by Women in Law Empowerment Forum

For the sixth consecutive year, Baker Donelson has been certified by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) as a Gold Standard Firm. WILEF grants Gold Standard status to firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners. Baker Donelson was among ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Trump administration issues executive order barring issuance of new foreign work visas

On Monday, President Trump signed a Proclamation suspending the issuance of new employment-based visas in an effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country. The ban restricts the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, J trainee, and L intracompany visas. The Proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. by certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L visa-holders, as well as those ...

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Butler Snow ranked by The Legal 500 U.S. for pharmaceutical, medical device and health care work

The Legal 500 U.S. has ranked Butler Snow nationally for its pharmaceutical, medical device and health care work. The firm was one of only 30 firms ranked in the top tiers nationwide for Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense. For the third consecutive year, Alyson Bustamante Jones was one of only ...

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Nakimuli Davis-Primer named to American Bar Association’s “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers”

Nakimuli O. Davis-Primer, a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has been named to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2020 “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers.” The annual award, presented by the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD), recognizes 40 young lawyers nationally who “exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and ...

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