Paul H. Stephenson III


Paul H. Stephenson, III was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1977.  He is also admitted to practice before all state and federal district courts in Mississippi, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  His practice has focused on business, commercial and financial disputes at the trial and appellate levels involving a wide array of subject matters.  Paul's experience includes complex class actions, oil and gas controversies, and business practices challenges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  His cases of note include The Piney Woods Country Life School v. Shell Oil Co., 539 F. Supp. 957 (S.D. Miss. 1982), aff'd in part, rev'd in part, 726 F.2d 225 (5th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 471 U.S. 1005 (1985); on remand, No. J74-0307(W) (S.D. Miss. April 24, 1989), aff'd in part, rev'd in part, 905 F.2d 840 (5th Cir. 1990); on remand, 1995 WL 917482 (S.D. Miss. 1995), aff'd in part, 116 F.3d 478 (5th Cir. 1997); on remand, 170 F. Supp. 2d 675 (S.D. Miss. 1999), aff'd, 218 F.3d 744 (5th Cir. 2000); Ayers v. Allain, 674 F. Supp. 1523 (N.D. Miss. 1987), aff'd en banc, 898 F.2d 1014 (5th Cir. 1990), vacated and remanded, 505 U.S. 717 (1992); on remand, 879 F. Supp. 1419 (N.D. Miss. 1995), aff'd in part, rev'd in part, 111 F.3d 1183 (5th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 522 U.S. 1084 (1998); on remand, 2002 WL 91895 (N.D. Miss. 2002), aff'd, 358 F.3d 356 (5th Cir. 2004), cert. denied,543 U.S. 951 (2004); and Smith v. Tower Loan of Mississippi, Inc., 216 F.R.D.338 (S.D. Miss. 2003), aff'd,  91 Fed. Appx. 952 (5th Cir. 2004), cert. denied., 534 U.S. 1089 (2005).

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1902
Practice Areas
Appellate Advocacy
Banking Financial Services and Securities Litigation
Class Action
Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property
Oil and Gas Litigation
Professional Liability (Non-Medical)

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting, University of Mississippi, 1974
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1977

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Publications And Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star, 2016-2017 
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2018, Natural Resource Law, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2016, Oil and Gas Law, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2015, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017, Litigation:  General and Commercial)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Civil Litigation Defense
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2018, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance)

Professional And Community Involvement

  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • First Presbyterian Church (past deacon and Chairman of Diaconate; present member of Session)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Past member of Board of Jackson Preparatory School (past President)
  • Past member of Rotary Club of Jackson
  • Past member of Mississippi Joint Committee on Campus Work for Reformed University Ministries/Mississippi
  • The Mississippi Bar