John is lifelong resident of Mississippi and has been a practicing member of the Mississippi Bar since 1978. He is currently of counsel for the Grant Legal Group, PA, is a certified mediator, and is a qualified senior status trial judge in the state courts of Mississippi.
With a legal career spanning more than 40 years, John was in private practice for 16 years and was elected to six consecutive four-year terms as Chancellor for the 20th Judicial Chancery Court District in Rankin County.
While Chancellor, John presided over thousands of cases, including contract disputes, estates, conservatorships, guardianships, divorces, custody disputes, and numerous other Chancery Court matters.
John and his wife, Julia, live in Rankin County and are active members of Crossgates United Methodist Church.
University of Nevada, graduate of National Judicial College’s general jurisdiction course, 1995, with continuing studies and certification in mediation, 2017
Mississippi College, J.D., 1978, summa cum laude
Mississippi State University, B.S., 1973, highest distinction
Mississippi State Courts (1978-present)
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (1979 -present)
Professional Associations and Membership
American Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association
Mississippi Conference of Judges
Past Chairman, Mississippi Conference of Chancery Court Judges
Rankin County Bar Association
Of Counsel, Grant Legal Group PA
Of Counsel, Shows Law Firm, PLLC (2019 -2022)
Certified Mediator (2019-present)
Senior Status Trial Judge for the state courts of Mississippi (2019-present)
Chancery Court Judge for the 20th Judicial Chancery District, Rankin County (1995-2018); Senior Chancellor (2006-2018)
Practicing trial attorney (1978-1994)
Speaker for numerous seminars and programs sponsored by the Mississippi Bar Association
Longtime presenter at the Rankin County Bar Association’s annual seminar