Downtown Office

204 W Front St.

Hattiesburg, MS 39404

West Office
109 Fairfield Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Mailing Address
P.O. Drawer 18109 
Hattiesburg, MS 39404

Phone - 601.261.4100

Email - info@bnlawfirm.com

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ATTORNEYS

 

J. Hardy Andrews

 

Associate // HAndrews@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted to Bar 2016, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • ​Member, Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers

 

EDUCATION:

  • Campbell University (B.B.A., 2011)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D., 2015)

    • Trial Advocacy Board​

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • Commercial & Business Litigation

  • Business Organization & Formation

  • Municipal Law

  • Healthcare Law

  • Employment Law

  • General Litigation

 

Patricia Eve Gable
Member​​ // EGable@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • BV Rated

  • Admitted to Bar 1980, Mississippi

    • Chair: Workers Compensation and Administrative Law Section, 1995-1996

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

    • President, 1996; President Young Lawyers Division 1989

  • Phi Delta Phi

 

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. 1976)

  • Tulane University School of Law

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1980)

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • General Litigation

  • Insurance Law

  • Workers Compensation

 

Ann Landgraf Griffin
Member​​ // AGriffin@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted to Bar 2015, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers

  • Member, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association

  • Member, Laurel Junior Auxiliary

  • Chairman of the Board, Wesley Manor

 

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southern Mississippi, 2006 (B.A. English Licensure) (Highest Honors)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, (J.D., 2014)  (Cum Laude)

    • Business Law Certificate with Honors

    • Outstanding Student Award: Copyright Law

    • Published in Business Law Newsletter: “Preserving the Dirt that Disappears with a Click”

    • Member of Phi Delta Phi, Business Law Network and Dean’s Leadership Council

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • General Litigation

  • Family Law

  • Wills, Trusts & Estates Administration

  • Conservatorships and Guardianships

  • Prenuptial Agreements

Ann Griffin joined Bryan Nelson P.A. in 2015 and concentrates her practice in the areas of wills and estates, guardianships and conservatorships, family law, and automobile liability litigation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in English Licensure where she graduated in 2006 with Highest Honors. Ann received her Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she served as a member of  Phi Delta Phi, Dean's Leadership Council, and the Business Law Network.

 

Ann listens closely to her clients' goals and questions as she designs estate plans for high net worth individuals as well as more modest estates. Estate planning includes disposition of assets upon death, naming someone to make medical and financial decisions in case of disability, planning for Medicaid eligibility, minimizing estate taxes, and protecting assets for children and future generations. Ann is committed to helping her clients accomplish their estate planning goals and believes every person deserves to have an estate plan that is shaped by their own set of unique circumstances, whatever those may be. Ann regularly handles multi-generational planning, planning for second marriages, and planning for times of incapacity or disability. She also assists clients with will and trust disputes, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and pre- marital and domestic partnership agreements. Whether planning or administering an estate, Ann is committed to providing exceptional legal service that is personalized and affordable for every client.

 

Ann is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, South Central Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association and the Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association. Ann is also a member of both the Laurel Arts League and Jones County Republican Women.

 

Lawrence C. Gunn, Jr. 
Of Counsel // LGunn@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Awarded a rating of AV Preeminent

  • Admitted to Bar 1976, Mississippi

  • Admitted to Bar 1978, Florida

  • Past Chairman Mississippi Bar Character and Fitness Committee

  • Bar Association of 5th Federal Circuit

  • Member, International Society of Barristers

EDUCATION:

  • University of Mississippi (B.A. 1969)

  • Florida State University School of Law (J.D. 1976)

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Appellate Work

  • Commercial & Business Litigation

  • Construction Litigation

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

 

Andrew A. Hatten
Associate // AHatten@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted 2015

    • All Mississippi State Courts

    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Mississippi Bar Association

  • South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers

 

EDUCATION:

  • Mississippi College School of Law – J.D. 2015

    • Graduated Cum Laude

    • Moot Court Board - Trial Advocacy Chair 

    • Business Law Society 

    • William B. Lovett, Jr. Memorial Advocacy Award Winner 

    • Mississippi Corporate Counsel Endowed Scholarship Award Winner 

    • Outstanding Student Award: Appellate Advocacy 

    • Outstanding Student Award: Corporation & Partnership Taxation 

    • Outstanding Student Award: Start-Up Business & Entrepreneurship Law

    • Judicial Extern: Supreme Court of Mississippi 

    • Judicial Extern: United States District Court – Southern District of Mississippi 
       

  • Millsaps College – M.B.A. 2012; B.B.A. 2011

    • Major: Business Administration – Finance

    • Minor: Political Science

    • Financial Management Association – Honor Society Member

    • Louis Wilson Student Managed Equity Fund – Student Analyst

    • Merrill Lynch Excellence In Investments Award Winner

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Business Organizations & Formation

  • Commercial & Business Litigation

  • Contracts

  • General Litigation

  • Insurance Law

  • Premises Liability

  • Taxation Law

Andrew focuses his practice primarily on business law and commercial litigation, as well as general litigation.  From a business law perspective, Andrew counsels entrepreneurs and small business owners in a wide array of legal matters pertaining to their business, including forming business entities, negotiating contracts, and developing lease and property agreements.  On the litigation side, Andrew represents both individuals and businesses in defense and prosecution of lawsuits.  As an associate, Andrew works with other members of the firm on large cases involving complex legal and factual issues.  Additionally, Andrew is a member of the firm's marketing and information technology committee.

 

            Prior to practicing law at Bryan Nelson, Andrew served as an intern for both federal and state judges.  In summer 2013, Andrew worked as an intern law clerk for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi. In summer 2014, he again worked as an intern law clerk, this time for the Supreme Court of Mississippi. These experiences provided Andrew with a thorough understanding of both federal and Mississippi courts.

 

            Personally, Andrew is an active member of Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association, Pine Belt Young Professionals, and Main Street United Methodist Church.  He also serves as a volunteer attorney coach of the High School Mock Trial Team of Presbyterian Christian School.  Andrew is a native of Hattiesburg.  

 

Herman M. Hollensed, Jr.
Member // HHollensed@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  •  Admitted to Bar in 1982, Mississippi

  •  Admitted to U.S. District Courts of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth      Circuit, Supreme Court of the United States

  •  Mississippi Bar Association

  •  South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  •  Member Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions

  •  Certified Mediator by Mississippi Bar Association

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. 1979)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1982)

    • Chairman, Moot Court Board, 1982

    • Member, Journal of Space Law, 1982

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Appellate Work

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • Employment Law

  • General Litigation

  • Insurance Law and Coverage Disputes

  • Premises Liability

 

Chase Ford Morgan
Member // CMorgan@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted to Bar 2009, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member-at-Large for the South Central Mississippi Bar Association.

  • Member of the Order of Barristers in 2010.

  • Top 10 Under 40 in Mississippi by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

  • Member, Mississippi Women Lawyers Alliance

  • Member, Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southern Mississippi, 2004 (B.S. International Business) (Highest Honors)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, (J.D., 2009)  

  • Received the Herbert E. Dewees, Jr. and Timothy L. Walsh National Moot Court Competition Award (2009)

  • Winner of the Moot Court Board Appellate Advocacy Competition (2007)

  • First alternate in the Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. First Year Oral Advocacy Competition (2007)

  • received the Francis S. Bowling Scholarship in Law.

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Family Law

  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

  • Conservatorships and Guardianships

  • Expungement

  • Mediation Services

Mrs. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2004 and graduated with highest honors. While attending The University of Southern Mississippi, she was active in Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and served as a Business Advisory Council Faculty Scholar for the School of Business.

 

In addition, she was the recipient of the Watson Scholarship Award in Economics, Finance and International Business and the Atley Graham Memorial Scholarship Award in Economics and Finance. Mrs. Morgan then attended The University of Mississippi School of Law and was a member of the Moot Court Board, the National Moot Court Competition Team and the Gibbon Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition Team.

 

While at the University of Mississippi School of Law, she received the Herbert E. Dewees, Jr. and Timothy L. Walsh National Moot Court Competition Award (2009), was the winner of the 2007 Moot Court Board Appellate Advocacy Competition, was first alternate in the 2007 Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. First Year Oral Advocacy Competition and received the Francis S. Bowling Scholarship in Law.

 

She earned her Juris Doctor from The University of Mississippi and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2009. Mrs. Morgan was selected as a National Member of the Order of Barristers in 2010. In 2014, Mrs. Morgan was selected as Top 10 Under 40 in Mississippi by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. For the past several years, Mrs. Morgan has served on the Family Law Section Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association and recently completed an annual term serving as the Chair of the Family Law Section Committee. She currently serves as Member-at-Large for the South Central Mississippi Bar Association.

 

Mrs. Morgan is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Women’s Lawyer Alliance, the South Central Mississippi Bar Association and the Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association.

 

Mark E. Norton
Member // MNorton@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted to Bar 2004, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association

EDUCATION:

  • Mississippi State University (B.S. summa cum laude 2001)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 2005) 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • Business Organizations & Formation

  • General Litigations

 

Rick D. Norton
Of Counsel // RNorton@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • AV Rated

  • Admitted to Bar 1990, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

  • 13 years prior experience as an Insurance Adjuster

  • Approved counsel for Mississippi Tort Claims Board

 

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southeastern Louisiana (B.S. 1973)

  • Tulane University (J.D. cum laude 1990)

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Admiralty

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • Commercial & Business Litigation

  • Environmental / Toxic Tort Law

  • General Litigation

  • Government Tort Claim Defense

  • Local Utilities Administration

  • Insurance Law

  • School Law

  • Trucking Liability

 

Joseph A. O'Connell
Member // JOconnell@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Rating: AV Preeminent (Martindale-Hubble)

  • Admitted to Bar 1978, Mississippi

  • Also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Bar Association of the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, American Bar Association

 

EDUCATION:

  • Millsaps College (B.A. 1975)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1978)

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • General Litigation

  • Oilfield and Construction Accidents

  • Products Liability Litigation

  • Asbestos Litigation

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Civil Rights Litigation

  • Workers Compensation

Joe was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1953 and graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1971. He then earned a bachelor’s degree from Millsap’s College in May, 1975 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in December, 1977. While in law school, Joe received Am Jur awards in Federal Jurisdiction and Federal Procedure.

 

For the past 20 years, he has practiced with Bryan Nelson, P.A., and its predecessors. In his active career as a general litigator spanning over 35 years, Joe has represented both plaintiffs and defendants and carried a wide variety of cases to final judgment, through either dispositive motion, trial, or appeal. In his practice, he has routinely handled cases with claims predicated on product defects, breaches of warranty, toxic torts, workers compensation, medical negligence, premises liability, oilfield accidents, and civil rights violations. He has also successfully handled suits arising from other diverse claims: breaches of construction contracts, a franchise agreement, and a longterm coal delivery contract; bad faith denials of insurance benefits; trademark infringement; dilution of voting rights; and life insurance claims involving potential suicides and efforts to recover accidental death and double indemnity benefits.

 

During Joe’s practice with Bryan Nelson, P.A., he has been authorized to handle “high exposure” cases for Mid-Continent Casualty Company, Admiral Insurance Company, Schlumberger Technology Corporation, its affiliates, and insurers, and Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc., and its insurers. Baker Hughes has also designated Joe as an ‘emergency” counsel and authorized him to lead immediate post-incident investigations involving potential toxic exposure and major motor vehicle collisions. Joe is currently admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the South Central Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

 

On multiple occasions, Joe has served on the board of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the Vestry or governing body of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Hattiesburg and have two adult children and one grandchild.

 

David M. Ott
Member // DOtt@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Martindale-Hubbel Distinguished Attorney

  • Admitted to Bar 1983, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

  • Member, Mississippi Claims Association

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Selected by Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Top Ten Attorneys in 2015

  • Officer on the Board of Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association

  • Member of the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

  • Law Clerk to Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr.

    • U.S. Distict Court For the Southern District of Mississippi 1983 - 1985

EDUCATION:

  • Millsaps College (B.A. 1980)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1983)

    • Mississippi Law Journal 1981-1983

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Personal Injury Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Employment Law Litigation

  • Business Formation and Transactions

  • Risk Management for Businesses

  • Government Entity Matters

 

Vardaman K. Smith
Member // VSmith@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • BV Rated

  • Admitted to Bar 1984, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Phi Delta Phi

  • Law Clerk to Justice Roy Noble Lee

    • Mississippi Supreme Court 1984 - 1985​

 

EDUCATION:

  • Millsaps College (B.A. 1981)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1984)

    • Moot Court Board​

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Automobile Liability Litigation

  • General Litigation

  • Government Tort Claim Defense

  • Insurance Law

  • Municipal Law

  • Premises Liability

Vardaman K. Smith (Vick) joined Bryan Nelson P.A. in 1985 and concentrates his practice in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, automobile liability litigation, government tort claims defense, insurance law, municipal law, and premise liability.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Millsaps College in 1981 and then in 1984 received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as an active member of the Moot Court Board and Phi Delta Phi. After law school, Vick clerked with Justice Ray Noble Lee at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Vick specializes in litigation and has taken over 100 jury trials to verdict. Outside of the courtroom, Vick works  to resolve matters through alternative dispute resolution and mediation.    

Vick is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, South Central Mississippi Bar Association, and the Mississippi Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. Vick also served as on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association from 2012-2015.

 

Personally, Vick is an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis. He is also involved with the Hattiesburg Athletic Officials Association.   

 

William A. Whitehead, Jr.
Member // WWhitehead@bnlawfirm.com

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Admitted to Bar 1995, Mississippi

  • Member, The Mississippi Bar

  • Member, South Central Mississippi Bar Association

  • Member, American Bar Association

EDUCATION:

  • Mississippi State University (B.A. 1991)

  • University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1995)

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • General Litigation

  • Healthcare Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Medical Malpractice Defense