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Rick Norton, attorney at Bryan Nelson, P.A.
Rick Norton, attorney at Bryan Nelson, P.A.

Lamar County School District (LCSD) recently recognized its school board members. Among those recognized was our attorney Rick Norton. Norton has served as the Lamar County School District Board Attorney since December 2008. Mr. Norton graduated Cum Laude from Tulane Law School after earning his Undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. He has been a partner with the Bryan Nelson P.A. law firm since 1990.

Mr. Norton said, “I am passionate about supporting teachers, administrators and parents so that students can attain their highest educational potential. Serving as board attorney is one way I can use my skills as a lawyer to help students. I am optimistic about the future for education in Lamar County because of the teachers and leadership in the District, the volunteers in each school and the focus of the students.” The LCSD thanked Norton for his service to the school board and the district as a whole. Norton was born in Laurel, and raised in Louisiana. He and his wife Lois have been married for 43 years. They have four children, all Oak Grove High School graduates. His hobbies include traveling, gardening and fishing.

Ann Griffin

The offices of Bryan Nelson P.A. are pleased to announce Ann Griffin’s recent promotion to partner. Ann primarily practices out of the firm's West Hattiesburg office located at 109 Fairfield Drive and concentrates her practice in the areas of wills and estates, guardianships and conservatorships, family law, and automobile liability litigation.

Ann joined Bryan Nelson P.A. in 2015 and has been a dedicated member of the firm since that time. 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.

Rick Norton, President of Bryan Nelson P.A. adds, “Ann is a great role model for younger lawyers, and she always provides prompt, professional service to her clients. As an added bonus, Ann always has a friendly smile on her face.”

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 married to William Russell Griffin, Market President of Bancorpsouth. Ann and Russell are active members of First United Methodist Church in Laurel where Ann serves as the leader of the Adoration Sunday School class. Ann is also a member of both the Laurel Arts League and Jones County Republican Women.

Founded in 1962, Bryan Nelson is an experienced, knowledgeable team of attorneys focused on clients and their success. With extensive knowledge in a wide range of fields and industries, a commitment to high ethical standards and a willingness to go the extra mile for its clients, Bryan Nelson is the premier Mississippi law firm that delivers proven, client-centered results. For more information visit the firm's website at

Mediation Services
Herman M. Hollensed, Jr.

Bryan Nelson P.A. is pleased to announce that Herman Hollensed is now focusing more of his time providing mediation services.

He first served as a mediator over 20 years ago, and over the years he has attended numerous mediation training seminars, and recently he has been asked to mediate more cases.

Herman has over 35 years of experience handling complex litigation on both the plaintiff and defense side, and he has mediated a significant number of cases over the life of his practice. Herman specializes in mediation of personal injury, wrongful death, and employment law cases. Herman is included on the Mississippi Bar’s Court approved list of mediators.

Herman received his B.S. from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1979 and J.D. from The University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982. He has practiced law in Mississippi’s state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to mediation services, Herman specializes in Automobile Liability Litigation, Employment Law, General Litigation, Insurance Law and Insurance Coverage Disputes.

For more information, please contact us at 601-261-4100.

Our Firm:

The offices of Bryan Nelson P.A. are located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The firm's practice consists of representing individuals, as well as a variety of both large and small businesses, including insurers, banking institutions, construction firms, transportation concerns, nursing homes, medical providers, and other professionals. Members of the firm have extensive experience in both civil litigation and legal transactions.

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