Governor Bryant Appoints Jack Wilson to Mississippi Court of Appeals

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Jack Wilson of Madison, Miss., to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, District 3 Position 1. Wilson’s term is effective July 1, 2015.

Mississippi Court of Appeals District 3 includes Clarke, Clay, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Rankin, Scott, Smith and Winston counties as well as portions of Attala, Jones, Leake, Madison and Wayne counties.

Wilson will replace Court of Appeals Judge Larry Roberts, who is retiring June 30. Judge Roberts has served as a judge for the Mississippi Court of Appeals since 2006. He previously served 19 years as a circuit judge in Mississippi’s 10th Circuit District.

“Judge Roberts has dedicated his life to serving Mississippians through the state’s judicial system, and he has done so with integrity,” Gov. Bryant said. “I appreciate his contributions to Mississippi’s criminal justice reform efforts and wish him well in his retirement.”

Wilson is currently counsel in the appellate and litigation groups in the Jackson, Miss. office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, where he also practiced from 2009-2012. He served as deputy counsel to Gov. Bryant from 2012-2013 and as the governor’s co-chief counsel from 2013-2014. Prior to joining Bradley Arant in 2009, Wilson practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP and served as a law clerk for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.

He earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Mississippi.

Wilson has represented clients in state and federal courts and before the United States Supreme Court and is experienced in multiple subject areas, including appellate litigation, business and commercial disputes, arbitrations, and class and collective actions. He is admitted to the Mississippi State Bar, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 7th and 11th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Jack has a brilliant legal mind and an exceptional knowledge of both statutory and case law,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “He is a principled individual and is well qualified for this responsibility. I am very pleased to appoint him to this position.”

“I am blessed to have this opportunity to serve on the Court of Appeals and honored by Governor Bryant’s trust and confidence. It is a privilege to follow such a respected and accomplished judge as Judge Roberts and to join this highly regarded court,” Wilson said. “This court decides hundreds of cases a year that profoundly and directly impact the lives of Mississippians. I am committed to deciding these cases fairly and according to the law and hope to be able to serve the state for years to come.”

Wilson is a commissioner of the non-partisan Uniform Law Commission and has served as president of the Mississippi Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.

He and his wife, Amanda Nail Wilson of Tupelo, have three children, Emily, Jack Jr. and Henry. The Wilsons are active members of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church.

Gov. Phil Bryant Press Release
6/16/15