• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Howard University School of Law
      J.D., cum laude, 1968; Civil Rights and Book Reviews Editor, Howard Law Journal
    • Howard University
      B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting), 1965
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • District of Columbia
    • Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • CLERKSHIP+

Fred L. Banks, Jr.

Senior Partner

Jackson

Fred Banks, a former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, trial judge and legislator, practices in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and alternate dispute resolution in the state and federal courts of Mississippi. He has represented corporate clients in a variety of matters including consumer lending, trade secret infringement, property taxation, first amendment issues and contract disputes.

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Fred Banks, a former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, trial judge and legislator, practices in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and alternate dispute resolution in the state and federal courts of Mississippi. He has represented corporate clients in a variety of matters including consumer lending, trade secret infringement, property taxation, first amendment issues and contract disputes.

After serving on the state supreme court for 11 years and before that, six years as a circuit court judge, Mr. Banks joined Phelps as a partner in November 2001. Prior to his judicial career, beginning in 1968, Mr. Banks was in private practice. He concentrated on civil rights litigation, criminal capital defense and representing a variety of non-profit agencies providing services to the poor.

In 1975, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives where he served until he assumed the bench in 1984. In the Mississippi House, Mr. Banks served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, chair of a House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and by numerous appointing authorities to serve on a variety of commissions at the state and federal level.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "Trial and Post-trial Motions," Mississippi Civil Procedure, Chapter 13, West Group, (2001)
  • Author, "The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: A Personal Perspective," 16 Miss. College Law Rev. 275 (Spring 1996)
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Memberships & Affiliations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Charles Clark Inn of the American Inns of Court
  • American Law Institute
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • National Board of Directors of NAACP, Legal Committee (Chair)
  • Capital City Convention Center Commission (Chair)
  • Numerous other nonprofit community improvement activities (Board of Directors)

Recognition

  • American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013)
  • Mississippi Business Journal - Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation (Jackson Lawyer of the Year: Arbitration, 2017; Mediation, 2016)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers