Mid-South Super Lawyers Lists 27 Phelps Dunbar Lawyers Among Top in Alabama, Mississippi for 2016

November 08, 2016

JACKSON – Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine has recognized 27  lawyers from Phelps Dunbar’s Jackson, Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama offices as Super Lawyers or “Rising Stars” for 2016. These 27 attorneys are considered the top 5 percent of attorneys in Mississippi and Alabama as voted on by their legal peers throughout the state of Mississippi. They have been vetted through independent research for professional accomplishments, distinction in law practice and a high level of peer recognition.

William Shreve and Cooper Thurber in the firm’s Mobile office were recognized among the Top 50: 2016 Alabama Super Lawyers, while Jim Shelson of the firm’s Jackson office was named among the Top 50: 2016 Mississippi Super Lawyers.

Phelps Dunbar lawyers practicing in the firm’s Gulfport, Jackson and Tupelo, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama offices who have been listed by Mid-South Super Lawyers appear below beside their areas of practice:

Gulfport, Mississippi

Scott T. Ellzey – Insurance Coverage; Civil Litigation: Defense
Kyle S. Moran – Insurance Coverage; Professional Liability: Defense; Business Litigation
James G. Wyly, III – Professional Liability: Defense; Transportation/Maritime; Insurance Coverage

Jackson, Mississippi

Reuben V. Anderson – Business Litigation; State, Local & Municipal
Fred L. Banks, Jr. – Business Litigation; Appellate; Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ross F. “Rick” Bass, Jr. – Business Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts
Gary E. Friedman – Employment & Labor
Bridgforth R. Rutledge – Business Litigation
James W. Shelson – Business Litigation; Environmental Litigation; Insurance Coverage
W. Thomas Siler, Jr. – Employment & Labor
Frank W. Trapp – Criminal Defense: White Collar; Business Litigation; Antitrust Litigation

Mobile, Alabama

Thomas F. Garth – Tax; Estate Planning & Probate; Real Estate
Allen E. “Teeto” Graham – Transportation/Maritime; Business Litigation; Construction Litigation
Joseph J. “Jay” Minus, Jr. – Employment & Labor; Personal Injury Defense: General; Government/Cities/Municipalities
William E. Shreve, Jr. – Appellate; Insurance Coverage
Cooper C. Thurber – Personal Injury Defense: General; Personal Injury Defense: Products; Civil Litigation Defense

Super Lawyers also names “Rising Stars” for each location. These attorneys are vetted for excellence using the same method as Super Lawyers, but they must be either younger than 40 or have been in practice for fewer than 10 years. Phelps’ “Rising Stars” for the Mid-South in 2016 include:

Gulfport, Mississippi

Adam Harris – Business Litigation; Civil Litigation: Defense; Professional Liability: Defense
Michael F. Held – Insurance Coverage; General Litigation
Christine Bocek Whitman – Personal Injury Defense

Jackson, Mississippi

G. Todd Butler – Employment & Labor
Jason Marsh – Employment & Labor
R. Gregg Mayer – Business Litigation; Appellate

Tupelo, Mississippi

Stephen J. Cramblitt, Jr. – Business Litigation; General Litigation

Mobile, Alabama

Richard B. Johnson – Construction Litigation; Real Estate; Civil Litigation Defense
J. Day Peake III – Employment & Labor; Civil Litigation Defense
A. Grady “Bo” Williams IV  – Products Liability; Admiralty; Construction/Design Litigation
Breanne Stanley Zarzour – Business Litigation

The Super Lawyers selection process evaluates attorneys based on 12 criteria, including clients, experience, licenses and certifications, verdicts, awards and honors, scholarly lectures, pro bono and community service, and more. After the assessment, peers vote on lawyers across a particular state or geographic area, in this case, Alabama and Mississippi.


With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tampa, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of more than 260 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning “Third Coast” of the United States. Locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Mobile, Alabama as well as Raleigh, North Carolina; and London, England enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.