(JACKSON, MS)— Jennifer Ingram Johnson of Hattiesburg was sworn in as the 115th President of The Mississippi Bar during its 2020 Annual Business Session held on July 17, 2020. Chief Justice Michael K. Randolph of the Mississippi Supreme Court administered the oath of office.
Johnson is the owner of Ingram PLLC, in Hattiesburg, where she has practiced with her father, Carroll H. Ingram, since 1998. She is privileged to have practiced law with former Lt. Governor Evelyn Gandy.
She has an active civil trial practice, including work in the Circuit, Chancery, and District courts throughout Mississippi and has practiced in the area of multidistrict litigation in New Orleans, Texas, and Boston. Having completed the Harvard Program on Negotiations in 2013, she includes mediation among the services she offers.
Throughout her career, Johnson has volunteered extensively with The Mississippi Bar. Her significant service with the Bar has included participating in and serving as Chair of numerous Bar Committees and in the elected positions of Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division and President of the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. The Mississippi Bar honored Johnson with the Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Johnson served on the Mississippi Court Gender Fairness Task Force from 2006-2009 and was elected to serve as co-chair during that time. From 2011-2014 she served on the Advisory Committee of the Mississippi Center for Legal Services, and during that time, served one term as Chair of the Awareness Campaign Action Group.
Her leadership roles with other professional organizations include serving as an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and in numerous positions with the Mississippi Association for Justice. She has also been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, American Association of Justice, and the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.
She was the 2017 recipient of the “Woman of Achievement” Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Mississippi Association for Justice and was named one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2008. She was also a finalist for Woman of the Year by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women. Recently she was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Women’s Caucus of the Mississippi Association for Justice.
Johnson is active in the Hattiesburg community. She has served on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi since 2005 and has co-chaired the Advisory Board since 2007. She has also served the DuBard School for Language Disorders on various committees and in an informal advisory role and served on the Advisory Board of the “Women in Transition” program sponsored by Legacy Financial Group from 2011-2014.
Johnson graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1993 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Music, and from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998.