Portner Joins Firm

Katherine (Katie) Portner was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2018 and has been admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Katie was also admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2017 and has been admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee.  

Katie joined the firm in August 2018 after clerking for the Honorable Steven Stafford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.  While clerking, Katie dealt with all areas of civil law and wrote many opinions for Judge Stafford.  After her year in west Tennessee, Katie returned home, to Cleveland, Mississippi, to practice law. 

Katie attended Delta State University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science in 2014.  She then attended law school at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.  During law school, Katie was a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and the Mississippi Law Journal, where she served on the Executive Board as an Executive Articles Editor.  Katie also wrote an article titled Tinker’s Timeless Teaching: Why the Heckler’s Veto Should Not Be Allowed in Public High Schools, which is published in the 86th Volume of the Mississippi Law Journal.  Katie graduated law school magna cum laude in May 2017. 

Jamie Jacks Elected to the Board of Governors for BAFFC and Eudora Welty Foundation

Jamie Jacks has been elected to replace longtime Board Member Gerald Jacks on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (BAFFC). BAFFC's goal is to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the federal courts within the Fifth Circuit. The Fifth Circuit bar is made up of attorneys committed to raising the standards of proficiency and integrity in federal practice. 

Jamie was also recently tapped to serve on the Eudora Welty Foundation Board, an organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Eudora Welty, enhancing appreciation of her work and encouraging young writer's creative pursuits.  

Chris Bailey Elected to the YLD Board of Directors

Christopher N. Bailey was elected to the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar representing the Delta District. The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division is governed by its Board of Directors and is active in may public service endeavors. The Young Lawyers Division is composed of all lawyers under the age of 37 and any lawyer over the age of 37 during their first three years of practice following their admission to the Bar. The Young Lawyers Division utilizes committees that are responsible for planning and implementing many of its project.


Firm Obtains Summary Judgment - Calhoun County Defendants all Dismissed under MTCA Immunity

On February 7, 2017, SUMMARY JUDGMENT was granted in a case brought in federal court against a Calhoun County Justice Court Clerk and Deputy Sheriff.   Applying state law in a federal court, the District found that all claims against the County Defendants were subject to multiple immunity provisions of the Mississippi Tort Claims Act, Individual Immunity and were time barred.  Mary McKay Lasker and Danny Griffith handled the case.