Reuben V. Anderson

Senior Partner


Reuben Anderson practices in the areas of commercial litigation and regulatory and governmental matters. In addition to his work at the firm, he has cultivated a professional resume of legal service. He is the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in Mississippi where he served from 1985 to 1991. Other key positions have included: Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit Court District, 1982-85; County Court Judge for Hinds County, 1977-82; Municipal Judge for the City of Jackson, 1976-77; Partner, Anderson, Banks, Nichols & Stewart, 1968-77; Mississippi Associate Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1967-75; Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government at the University of Mississippi, Fall of 1995.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Mississippi Bar (First African-American President, 1997-1998)
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • National Bar Association (Hall of Fame, 2009)
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Mississippi Economic Council, State Chamber of Commerce (First African-American President)
  • 100 Black Men of Jackson
  • AT&T, Dallas, TX (Director)
  • The Kroger Company, Cincinnati, OH (Director)
  • MINACT Inc., Jackson, MS (Director)
  • Ole Miss Alumni Association (Trustee)
  • Tougaloo College (Trustee; Past Chairman of the Board)


  • Namesake for Tougaloo College’s Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Society
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Alumni Hall of Fame (Inductee, 2011)
  • University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame (1995)
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Alumnus of the Year (2005)
  • The Mississippi Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
  • 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, Legal Malpractice Law, Mediation (Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2015)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers