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Admitted to Practice in Mississippi in 1988; Admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court in 1998

Member, Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions (1990 - 2004); Chairman, Forrest County Republican Executive Committee (1995-1996); Adjunct Legal Instructor, Antonelli College (2011-2012)

Michael C. Barefield was born December 26, 1962 in Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi, to Stone and Bonnie Barefield. After graduating from Hattiesburg High School in 1981, Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 1985, and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Law School in 1987. Thereafter, Michael became licensed to practice law in the Stae and Federal Courts in Mississippi in 1988.

After a brief internship with the Mississippi Attorney General, Michael returned to Hattiesburg to practice civil litigation until 1996. He then practiced law for 3 years in Jackson, Mississippi and later for 8 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, before returning to his hometown, where he continues to practice law in the areas of civil litigation, family and domestic law, workers’ compensation, personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, business and general practice.

Michael was one of the youngest members ever to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, a board of the Mississippi Supreme Court in charge of administering the Bar Exam and licensing prospective attorneys. Michael was in charge of writing a grading numerous portions of the Mississippi Bar Exam over a period of 14 years, from 1990 until 2004.

Since July, 2011, Michael has been an Adjunct Legal Instructor in the Paralegal Program at Antonelli College in Hattiesburg.

Michael has been involved in matters pertaining to a vast array of legal issues with great success. Following is a list of appellate court decisions in which Michael has appeared as attorney of record:

Carlisle v. Carlisle, 11 So.3d 142 (Miss.App. 2009)

In re Conservatorship of Simpson, 3 So.3d 804 (Miss.App. 2009)

Mieger v. Pearl River County, 986 So.2d 1025 (Miss.App. 2008)

Hood v. Perry County, 821 So.2d 900 (Miss.App. 2002)

Underwood v. McRae's, 811 So.2d 400 (Miss.App. 2001)

Martin v. B.P. Exploration & Oil, Inc., 769 So.2d 261 (Miss.App. 2000)

Russell v. Southern National Foods, Inc., 754 So.2d 1246 (Miss. 2000)

Petition of Carpenter v. City of Petal, 699 So.2d 928 (Miss. 1997)

Benedict v. City of Hattiesburg, 693 So.2d 377 (Miss. 1997)

Baptiste v. Jitney Jungle Stores of America, Inc., 651 So.2d 1063 (Miss. 1995)

Daniels v. GNB, Inc., 629 So.2d 595 (Miss. 1993)

Ford Motor Credit Co. v. State Bank & Trust Co., 571 So.2d 937 (Miss. 1990)


In re Custody of Jackson, 562 So.2d 1271 (Miss. 1990)


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 15%
    27 years
  2. General Practice: 10%
    27 years
  3. Family: 10%
    7 years
  4. Divorce & Separation: 10%
    7 years
  5. Other: 40%
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Contact Info

Barefield Law Firm PLLC

607 Corinne St Ste C4
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401-3852


MSAuthorized to practice law198809/14/2015

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberBarefield Law Firm, PLLC2002 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Mississippi BarMember1988 - Present
South Central Mississippi Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Southern MississippiParalegal Studies; Minor in Real EstateBS - Bachelor of Science1985
University of LondonBritish Legal Institutions/Criminal ForensicsN/A1984