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.Areas of Practice