Philip A. Gunn
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In 2012, Philip Gunn was elected Mississippi's 61st Speaker of the House of Representatives.  As a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives since 2004, he has served in various capacities as a member of the Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, Conservation, and Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committees. He also chaired the House Republican Conference and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Republican Party.


Philip focuses his legal practice in the areas of insurance defense and civil litigation, with cases ranging from premises liability and wrongful death to automobile accidents. His clients include home builders, trucking lines, construction firms, and a variety of manufacturers. In addition to his legal and public service careers, Philip is actively involved in his church and in other community organizations. He is a former member and President of the Clinton School Board and is currently a Trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Philip was also recognized in 2010 by the Mississippi Business Journal as "One of Mississippi’s Top 50 Leading Attorneys”.


Philip earned a B.B.A. from Baylor University and the J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was elected Student Body President.



             Current Employment Position:


             Of Counsel          


             Areas of Practice:


Insurance Defense

Civil Litigation


Litigation Percentage:

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:


Mississippi, 1990

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990

U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1990

U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1990




University of Mississippi School of Law

 Oxford, Mississippi, 1989, J.D.
              Honors: Law School Student

              Body President
              Honors: Dean's Distinguished

              Service Award

 Baylor University

 Waco, TX, 1985, B.B.A.

Classes/Seminars Taught:


"Liability and Asset Protection Planning for Mississippi

 Pharmacists", Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC  

"Legislative Update to The Mississippi Bar” every spring

Honors and Awards: 

2004, Representative of the Year, Mississippi

Homebuilders Association

2010, "One of Mississippi’s Top 50 Leading Attorneys,”

Mississippi Business Journal’s Leadership in Law Class of 2010

2010- Americans United for Life recognized Philip for

 his efforts in passing a bill supporting pro-life

2012, Kirk Fordice Freedom Award, 19th Annual Central

 Mississippi Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA)

2012, State Legislative Achievement Award, U.S. Chamber

Institute for Legal Reform, resulting from the Attorney

General "Sunshine” Act being passed during the 2012 Legislative Session

2012-2013, Meritorious Achievement Awards:

Pro Texana Medal of Service, Baylor University

2013, Outstanding Citizen Award,

Clinton Chamber of Commerce

2014, elected Chairman, Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary Board of Trustees

2014, elected Vice Chairman, Southern

Legislative Conference (SLC)

2014, Champion of Small Business Award,

National Coalition for Capital

2014, elected Board of Directors member,

State Legislative Leaders Foundation

2014, Libby Aydelott Award for Outstanding Achievement

in Public Policy, Mississippi Heritage Trust, resulting from

championship of the state historic tax credit  


Professional Associations and Memberships:

The Mississippi Bar   



Community Involvement:


Mississippi's 61st Speaker of the House of Representatives- 2012 to present

Member Mississippi House of Representatives since 2004

Morrison Heights Baptist Church

            Member and Former Elder, Deacon, and

            Sunday School Teacher

Past Member of Committees on Conservation & Water
Resources, Interstate Cooperation, Judiciary Board, 
Public Utilities and Transportation

Clinton Chamber of Commerce Member

Clinton MS School Board Past Member and President

Philip and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter and three sons


Birth Information:


1963, Hattiesburg, Mississippi




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