Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section serves to address all aspects of the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution. This section's goal is to prepare its members for the law profession of the future in which multiple dispute resolution options will become an integral part of every attorney's practice. The section provides information and technical assistance to its members, legislators, government departments and the general public on all aspects of dispute resolution. This section will study existing methods for the prompt and effective resolution of disputes; adapt current legal procedures to accommodate court-annexed and court-directed dispute resolution processes; strive to activate local bar involvement in dispute resolution, and conduct public and professional education programs.

Arbitrator List Application
Arbitrator List, updated as of  1-4-19
The ADR Section of The Mississippi Bar is creating a list of ADR Section members who are qualified, practicing arbitrators in Mississippi. This list, similar to the list of qualified mediators currently maintained by the Bar in connection with the Court Annexed Mediation Program, is designed to assist the public and the bar in locating persons qualified to serve as arbitrators. If you are interested in being listed, please fill out the online form available here.


Leading Arbitration Service Providers:
American Arbitration Association 
National Arbitration Forum
FINRA (Securities Arbitration)

ADR Related Materials:
Federal Arbitration Act:
Mississippi Court Annexed Mediation Rules:
Order Establishing Mediator Qualifications for Court Annexed Mediation in Mississippi:
Mississippi Civil Practice Statutes on Arbitration and Awards:
Mediator Directory: /for-members/mediators-directory.aspx


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
2019-2020 Executive Committee

Bill Brown
Walker Brown & Brown PA
P O Box 276
Hernando, MS 38632-0276
Phone: (662) 429-5277
Fax: (662) 429-5280

Vice Chair
Willie Abston
Abston Law Firm
P O Box 320727
Flowood, MS 39232-0727
Phone: (601) 487-8839
Fax: (601) 487-8667

Jimmy Colmer
Office of Board Atty-Jackson County
PO Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998
Phone: (228) 769-3371
Fax: (228) 769-3119

Past Chair
Robert Gibbs
Gibbs Travis PLLC
210 E Capitol St Ste 1801
Jackson, MS 39201-2306
Phone: (601) 487-2631
Fax: (601) 366-4295

Member at Large (8/2019-7/2020)
Chad Shook
Shook Law Firm
PO Box 2015
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-2015
Phone: (601) 620-9919
Fax: (601) 544-8129

Member at Large (8/2019-7/2021)
Amorya Orr
Cosmich Simmons & Brown PLLC
PO Box 22626
Jackson, MS 39225-2626
Phone: (601) 863-2100
Fax: (601) 863-0078

Member at Large (8/2019-7/2022)
Kaytie Pickett
Jones Walker
P O Box 427
Jackson, MS 39205-0427
Phone: (601) 709-3344
Fax: (601) 949-4804