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Fred Banks, a former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, trial judge and legislator, practices in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial litigation, and alternate dispute resolution in the state and federal courts of Mississippi. He has represented corporate clients in a wide variety of matters including consumer lending, trade secret infringement, property taxation, first amendment issues and contract disputes.

After serving on the state supreme court for eleven years and before that, six years as a circuit court judge, Mr. Banks joined Phelps as a partner in November 2001. Prior to his judicial career, beginning in 1968, Mr. Banks was in private practice. He concentrated on civil rights litigation, criminal capital defense, and representing a variety of non-profit agencies providing services to the poor. In 1975, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives where he served until he assumed the bench in 1984. In the Mississippi House, Mr. Banks served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, chair of a House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and by numerous appointing authorities to serve on a variety of commissions at the state and federal level.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 34%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 33%
  3. Government: 33%

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Phelps Dunbar

4270 I-55 North
Jackson, MS, 39211-6394


DCActive 196907/10/2016
MSAuthorized to practice law196807/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Inns of Court Professionalism AwardFifth Circuit Court of Appeals2013
Lawyer of the YearMississippi Business Journal2010
ListedChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessN/A
ListedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
ListedMid-South Super LawyersN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Law InstituteMemberN/A
Mississippi Center for JusticeChairN/A
Mississippi Bar FoundationFellowN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Charles Clark American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
National Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Magnolia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mississippi BarMemberN/A
Mississippi Board of Bar AdmissionsMember1978 - 1980
Publication nameTitleDate
Mississippi Civil ProcedureTrial and Post-trial Motions2001
Mississippi College Law ReviewThe United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: A Personal Perspective1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Howard UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1965