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Philip A. Gunn

Of Counsel

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
  • 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
Education
  • 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.
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
Associations and Memberships
  • The Mississippi Bar
Seminars
  • “Liability and Asset Protection Planning for Mississippi Pharmacists”, Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC
  • “Legislative Update to The Mississippi Bar” every spring
Birth Information
  • 1963, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Other
  • 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
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