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Chairman: Sam Kelly
Number of partners: 35
Number of lawyers: 42

Firm Overview:
Established over 125 years ago, Brunini is one of Mississippi’s most respected law firms. The firm serves primarily business clients, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, major energy companies, the nation’s largest privately held wireless company, Mississippi’s largest health insurer, the state’s largest bank and one of the state’s largest healthcare systems.

Main Areas of Practice:

General & Commercial Litigation:
Brunini’s practice includes litigation involving complex commercial disputes, mass torts, environmental issues, pharmaceutical products, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, products liability, professional liability, premises liability, fires and explosions, breach of contract, antitrust, securities fraud, business torts, intellectual property issues, tax matters and gaming issues. The firm has extensive experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts and has served as national counsel as well as lead counsel in some of Mississippi’s largest and most complex litigation.
Contact: David Kaufman Email: [email protected]

The firm has a comprehensive healthcare practice, representing hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers in malpractice litigation as well as in all related regulatory matters. The firm has broad experience in administrative proceedings and litigation concerning Certificates of Need, Medicaid fraud, nursing home care, fraud and abuse-Stark II, private inurement, the Affordable Care Act and other legal issues facing the healthcare industry.
Contact: John E Wade Email: [email protected]
Contact: William B Grete Email: [email protected]

Construction Law & Surety & Fidelity:
The firm’s construction attorneys have a vast range of experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties in the construction industry. Specifically, the firm’s experience includes drafting and negotiating contract agreements, preparing and presenting construction claims, bid protests, business consultation, project workouts and mediation, arbitration or litigation of claims and disputes which arise in the course of construction projects. Further, its attorneys are experienced in surety bond litigation/claims resolution and fidelity bond claims and coverage issues.
Sam Kelly Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
The firm represents employers’ interests both in litigation and in a broad array of state and federal administrative settings, including disputes involving all forms of alleged discrimination and disputes arising under state law involving alleged wrongful discharge and breach of employment contracts and non-competition agreements. The firm also advises employers in the development and enforcement of personnel policies, alternative dispute resolution agreements and a variety of other employment issues.
Contact: Steve Carmody Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Banking, Real Estate, Tax & Estates:
Brunini attorneys are recognized among their peers as leaders in their respective areas of business expertise, including general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, banking, real estate transactions, insurance regulation, syndication, estate planning and corporate and personal taxation. Additionally, the firm has experience in state and local industrial and economic development financing with state and federal tax incentives.
Contact: Walter Weems Email: wweems[email protected]

The firm is acknowledged as a statewide leader in environmental law. Its attorneys have broad experience in environmental litigation and have defended numerous enforcement actions instituted by the United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. Firm members also represent clients in proceedings before the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board, and interact frequently with the regulatory staff of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Contact: John Milner Email: [email protected]
Contact: Gene Wasson Email: [email protected]

Energy Exploration, Transportation, Storage & Project Development:
Brunini represents clients in all upstream and midstream operations including preparing drilling title opinions and division order title opinions; examining title for right-of-way acquisition; negotiating and drafting surface use agreements, leases, and exploration agreements; and satisfying all regulatory requirements for drilling, production, and operation of gas and liquid storage facilities and producing properties. The firm represents clients before the State Oil and Gas Board in obtaining regulatory relief and in disputes between operators and landowners, and before federal and state courts concerning title, contracts, drainage, gas balancing, gas processing, well damage, blow-outs, enforcing lessee’s rights, oil field contamination and eminent domain proceedings. The firm also represents clients involved in downstream activities, including representation of a major local natural gas distribution company and petroleum marketers.
Contact: Watts Ueltschey Email: [email protected]
Contact: Gene Wasson Email:
[email protected]

Public Utilities & Telecommunications:
The firm serves as corporate counsel to the nation’s largest privately held wireless carrier. It practices extensively before the Mississippi Public Service Commission, representing one of the largest gas utilities, as well as telecommunications companies and large industrial users of electricity. The firm is counsel for the only electric regional transmission organization operating in Mississippi. The firm serves as counsel in administrative proceedings and litigation regarding rates and service and applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity involving electric generation facilities, natural gas transmission and distribution facilities, underground natural gas storage facilities and telecommunications facilities.
Jim Halford Email: [email protected]
Contact: Ken Rogers Email: [email protected]