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Jay Westfaul

Car accident Attorney at Batesville, MS

4.5   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jay

Learn Jay’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Serious personal injuries only.

    33 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, child custody, alimony, separations, domestic relations, separate maintenance, child support -- served as a judge and a lawyer in all of these types of cases with extensive experience. Fees start at $250 per hour.

    33 years, 1,500 cases

    Jay Westfaul is an eleventh generation Mississippian, and a life-long resident of this state.     He was educated in the public schools of Mississippi, and practices law in each of the state's 82 counties, as well as the federal courts of both the Northern and Southern districts of Mississippi and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.   He frequently associates with law firms from around the United States, and will gladly evaluate your case free of charge, wherever you are located.    

     Jay will be quick to tell you that he hasn't won each case he has tried.   If any lawyer tells you they have never lost a case, RUN!   That lawyer has not tried enough cases or hides from the difficult matters all people face.   Jay understands that all people make mistakes.    If he represents you, rest assured that he will fight hard for you and that you can trust him to maintain strict confidence of your darkest hour or most embarrassing moment.    He always says, "Make the best of what you have, turn the negative into a positive, stand firm, and never let them see you sweat."


The Westfaul Law Firm
Governor Charles C. "Cliff" Finch Building
115 Eureka Street, Suite A
Batesville, MS, 38606-2540


4.5 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Gary | September 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Integrity, Honest, If he takes your case/you hire him, Your in great hands.
I have had the pleasure of dealing with Jay, these past 2 years, on several issues, The integrity this lawyer shows, has been upmost appreciated. He returns calls, emails, and does what he says. His experience is way above the average. You just would not expect this in a town the size of Batesville, Ms. I live in much bigger area, but chose Jay, and in my opinion, there want be another choice, in his areas of expertise. Jay is stone cold in a court room, and knows the law. People, and his peers look up to him when he is in the room, You want that, if he cannot do it, he will let you know. I have had some life changing situations, and lets just say, Jay has made them better. Unfortunately, I have had to have a few attorney's in my life, Jay has set the bar, on what an attorney should be. I highly recommend this lawyer, you will not second guess yourself. He has helped better my life in more than one way.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Westfaul was hired by us to represent my mother in a difficult conservancy lawsuit. He worked in conjunction with the other attorney that was representing myself. They worked well together. He was very communicative, keeping us informed at all times at keeping us updated as to how the case was proceeding. He was patient with my mother who has no understanding of law. I consider him to be ethical and of high moral character. Which was very important to us. He and my attorney prevailed in the end. I could not recommend someone more highly.
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Posted by Malissia | April 17, 2020
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Highly recommend
Mr Westfaul did an amazing job for me and my family. He kept us updated on everything and was so gracious. His secretary( Miss Wendy) is a wonderful caring person and so great to talk to. I highly recommend Mr Westfaul and his very amazing staff.
Posted by Rene | February 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Jay Westfaul is an excellent attorney as well as a Municipal judge. He is proficient as an attorney and is very aware of new laws. He is a fair and efficient attorney. He was able to handle our case and saw to it the main concerns were handled appropriately and in our best interest.
Posted by Tish | February 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever
I have experienced Jay as attorney with several issues. He did an awesome job with my son's custody issues with his son and did it with respect for himself and client. His conduct in the courtroom is awesome. He knows his cases and very calmly and confidently takes charge in the courtroom. I have also experienced Jay in other issues and he is THE BEST. I have referred several friends and family to him and they all came away with the same feelings--"wow, he is awesome.' I have never felt more confident with any other attorney. He is fair and tells you what can and canNOT be done. Whatever he says, you can put your total trust in it. Leaves you with an awesome and confident feeling and one very important thing is that he is a Christian attorney, which is a very valuable asset to me. HE'S THE BEST!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
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A wonderful child custody lawyer!
Jay is a very honest up front attorney! My husband hired jay when he was trying to get custody of his son & jay let us know what to expect the entire time! He did everything that he told us he was going to do & put up a fight to get our child out of a dangerous situation! Very thankful that we hired him & will do so again in the future if needed!
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Posted by James | February 8, 2018
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Child custody/Child Support
Hired for two separate cases. One child custody that went exactly the way Mr. Westfaul said it would and the fees were more than reasonable for the thorough services rendered. The second case was for child support issues which were resolved quickly.
Posted by Jennifer | December 14, 2016
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Wonderful Lawyer
My family hired Jay for a complicated case, a parental termination and adoption. We are very pleased with the service he provided. For the last year and a half he has always been honest, knowledgeable, and easily available to discuss our case. In court you can tell that he is highly respected and professional. We feel like he put his heart and soul into our case. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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He is a great Child Custody Attorney
Jay went to battle for me when no one else would! He fought for my rights and He is a great Attorney ! He is very knowledgeable about parents rights and he does a great job. I would definitely use him again
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce attorney he isn't
I hired jay and he barely even showed up. He didn't argue anything at trial and let the other attorney run all over us. Jay had knowledge of the judge and opposing attorney having a relationship and failed to act on it. What a waste of money and a poor outcome. Don't hire this guy.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Municipal Judge
  • The State of Mississippi
  • 1996 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Westfaul Law Firm
  • 1991 - Present
  • Organist
  • The Episcopal Church
  • 1981 - Present
  • Family Master, Special Master, Youth Court Judge
  • The State of Mississippi
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • 1994 - 2003
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Intern
  • The United States House of Representatives
  • 1985 - 1985
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  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Mississippi
  • B.P.A.
  • 1988
  • St. Paul's Episcopal School
  • High School
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Baker v. Panola County, Mississippi
  • Mississippi Court of Appeals -Won
  • Thomas v. Board of Supervisors of Panola County, Mississippi
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi -- Won
  • Pittman v. Pittman
  • Won
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  • The Mississippi Bar Association
  • Chairman, Paralegal Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • The University of Mississippi Lamar Order
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • The Mississippi Municipal Judge's Association
  • President
  • 1996 - Present
  • Conference of Mississippi Judges
  • 1996 - Present
  • Mississippi Judicial College
  • Participant
  • 1996 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • Panola County Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • The Mississippi Bar Association
  • Chairman, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Southeastern Juvenile Justice Conference
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Panola County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1997 - 1999
  • The Mississippi Bar Association
  • Committee on Problems of the Homeless and Indigent
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding service to children award
  • The Mississippi Department of Human Services
  • 1999
  • Selected Member
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers
  • 1999
  • Best Attorney in Panola County, Mississippi
  • Panola County, Mississippi Newspaper
  • 1998
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Batesville Civitan Club
  • 1998
  • Selected Member
  • Who's Who International
  • 1996
  • Selected Member
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous Conferences and Events
  • Legal Issues
  • 2014

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 27
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"I have known Jay for many years, and would not hesitate to hire him myself should I ever need to hire an attorney."
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Batesville Car accident Lawyer Jay Westfaul
Jay Westfaul
Car accident Attorney
Batesville, MS
Licensed for 32 years