Family Law

The Family Law Section keeps its members informed of the numerous changes and trends in this field of law. This goal is met through the sponsorship of the annual Hot Tips Family Law Seminars across the state and the publication of newsletters. The Section works to improve the quality of legal practice and monitor legislation pertaining to the family law area.


Bar Hosts the 2013 Section Orientation Session
Over 50 new Section Officers attended the FY 2013-2014 Orientation Session in August 2013. The half-day program is designed to familiarize new Section leaders with their duties and brief them on resources available to them through the Bar. This year's session included an overview by MS Bar President Guy Mitchell.

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2013-2014 Family Section Officers are Harold Grissom, Chair, and Debbie Branan, Vice-Chair.

June 2012 Newsletter
March 2012 Newsletter
November 2011 Newsletter

Family Law Section

2013-2014 Officers and Executive Committee 

Harold Grissom
Grissom's Domestic Law Firm
1816 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501-2963
Phone: (228) 864-4448
Fax: (228) 248-4133

Vice Chair
Debbie Branan
Branan Law Firm
2584 Hwy 51 S Ste 4
Hernando, MS 38632-2150
Phone: (662) 449-4800
Fax: (662) 449-4818

Jak Smith
Attorney at Law
P O Box 7213
Tupelo, MS 38802-7213
Phone: (662) 844-7221
Fax: (662) 844-7807

Past Chair
Sheila Smallwood
Shelia Havard Smallwood PLLC
P O Box 933
Petal, MS 39465-0933
Phone: (601) 450-2323
Fax: (601) 583-2641

Executive Committee (8/2011-7/2014)
Mack Varner
Varner Parker & Sessums PA
P O Box 1237
Vicksburg, MS 39181-1237
Phone: (601) 638-8741
Fax: (601) 638-8666

Executive Committee (8/2012-7/2015)
Chase Morgan
Melvin & Morgan
P O Box 221
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-0221
Phone: (601) 583-1990
Fax: (601) 583-1995

Executive Committee (8/2013-7/2016)
Matthew Thompson
Thompson Law Firm
4316 Old Canton Rd Ste 200
Jackson, MS 39211-6059
Phone: (601) 850-8000
Fax: (601) 366-4010