Meade W. Mitchell of Jackson was installed as President-Elect of The Mississippi Bar on July 20 at the Bar’s Annual Business Session. After a year as President-Elect, he will later serve as the Bar’s 119th President beginning July 2024. The Mississippi Bar is composed of nearly 9,000 active members who are licensed to practice law in Mississippi.
Mitchell was raised in Pascagoula and graduated from Pascagoula High School. He attended the University of Mississippi where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (1990) and a Juris Doctorate (1993), both with honors. He is an inductee into the Student Hall of Fame (1990) and served as an associate editor on the Mississippi Law Journal. Mitchell clerked for United States District Judge Tom S. Lee before beginning law practice in Jackson. He is a partner at Butler Snow LLP, focusing on product liability, toxic tort, environmental, and transportation litigation.
Mitchell has been active in The Mississippi Bar throughout his career. He recently chaired the Summer School for Lawyers Program Committee. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Bar’s Litigation Section and was a Director of the Young Lawyers Division. He is a past Chair of the Bar Admissions Ceremony, Public Information, and Local Affiliates Committees and has volunteered on others. Mitchell was chosen as the Mississippi District Representative to the ABA Young Lawyers Division and received the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi Award (2004). He was selected as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division.
Mitchell also serves the bar on the local and national levels. He was President of the Capital Area Bar Association (CABA) (2017) and President of the Jackson Young Lawyers (2000) and served on their Boards. He also previously chaired CABA’s Program Committee and served on its Membership, Golf Tournament, and Strategic Planning Committees and in various roles and offices for the Jackson Young Lawyers. Nationally, he is an officer of the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS); a member of its Governing Council; and Chair of its Revenue Committee. Mitchell previously served TIPS as Chair of the Content Management, Book Publishing Board, Membership, and Commercial Transportation Committees, and he is a graduate of its Leadership Academy. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Fellow of the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section; and Fellow of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.
Mitchell is the former President of the Jackson Exchange Club and is a member of the Jackson Rotary Club. He served on the Board of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, as Chair of Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees, and as President of the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. Mitchell is a volunteer for the Mississippi Museum of Art and served as a fundraising co-chair for the Mississippi Arthritis Foundation. The Mississippi Business Journal selected him as a “Mississippi Top 40 Under 40” (2004), and he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Community Leadership Association (2005).
Mitchell is a Bencher in the Charles Clark Inns of Court and was selected for membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Lamar Order, and an inductee into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary associations. Mitchell is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®. He has authored many articles for legal periodicals and law journals on subjects ranging from disclosure rules to trucking law and is a regular CLE speaker.
Mitchell and his wife, Holly, live in Jackson, where they attend Christ United Methodist Church. They are the parents of two children, William and Mary.