Jack F. Dunbar (1933 – 2017)
Jack Dunbar co-founded Holcomb Dunbar in 1970 by joining two law firms in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Jack continued the legacy of those firms, one of which traced its roots to John W. Cutrer’s law firm founded in 1885.
Jack was the consummate professional, remarkable for his generosity, wit, wisdom and an unmatched passion for the law. Jack Dunbar was a trusted advisor and mentor to many, influencing so very many lives, both personally and professionally.
Jack graduated with honors from Millsaps College. He enrolled at Georgetown Law School but later transferred to The University of Mississippi School of Law where he received his J.D. degree. As a law student, Jack served as a member of the Mississippi Law Journal and President of the student body.
Over the course of his legal career, Jack Dunbar earned a reputation as one of the most respected trial lawyers in the state. He has been included in every issue of The Best Lawyers in America since that publication’s inception. He has also been named as one of the fifty top lawyers in Mississippi by Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Jack served as President of both the Mississippi Bar and the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents. He also served as Mississippi’s delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. During this time, he was a member of the ABA Board of Governors where he chaired the Operations Committee and served on the American Bar Association’s Executive Committee. He served as a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, The American Bar Foundation and The Mississippi Bar Foundation.
Jack’s professional achievements garnered numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s 2010 Professionalism Award. Considered the Foundation’s highest honor, this award is given to an attorney whose life, practice and service display outstanding character and integrity.