Holcomb Dunbar - North Mississippi Attorneys

Practice Areas


The Firm has established a reputation for successful litigation in products liability, medical malpractice, corporate, negligence, personal injury, commercial and insurance defense.

Holcomb Dunbar is approved counsel for many insurance companies and is involved in every phase of insurance litigation. The Firm provides coverage analysis, defense of first-party “bad faith” claims, defense of third-party claims, and has participated in drafting proposed policy language for insurer clients in their presentation to the State Department of Insurance.

Products liability cases have involved automotive batteries, burglar bars, light truck wheels, the crashworthiness of automotive interiors, tractor engine design, the design of augers on combines, chain saws, and kitchen fryers. Members have also lectured on these subjects at professional seminars and published peer accepted articles on most areas of civil litigation.

Holcomb Dunbar is actively involved in the defense of physicians, nurses, technicians and hospitals. The Firm is retained to defend physicians by the leading insurer of physicians in the State and to defend the hospitals of one of the largest hospital chains in the State.

The Firm has been involved in seminal cases in Mississippi on the civil liability of corporate and lending officers to their organizations, as well as litigation involving shareholder disputes and claims of business fraud and misdealing. Holcomb Dunbar has also litigated in class actions in federal court and has served as liaison counsel in national class actions and multi-district litigation (mass-tort defense).

Criminal Defense – Misdemeanor and Felony

Holcomb Dunbar’s criminal defense team has the strength of experience and the depth of talent to guide you through the criminal court system.  Anyone charged or arrested should not go through the process alone.

Holcomb Dunbar criminal defense team includes Mike Watts a former police officer and detective.  The team also includes Stacey Golmon, a former Assistant District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District, and Russ McNees a former law clerk to a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge that handled criminal cases.

Holcomb Dunbar has extensive experience defending the rights of people arrested and accused of criminal offenses. We handle all types of criminal cases, from minor infractions and misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, minor in possession (M.I.P.), DUI, public drunkenness, to the most serious felony indictments, including: felony DUI, drug possession, narcotics sales, theft and grand larceny, fraud, embezzlement, assaults, arson, conspiracy, and homicide.

Traffic violations can have serious criminal consequences, particularly when a driver is accused of driving under the influence. A conviction on DUI/DWI charges may result in fines, the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license, and possible jail time. In addition, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level. In defending against an impaired driving charge, you have many rights as a criminal defendant, including the right to cross-examine the witnesses against you, even if they are police officers. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in such a difficult case.


Holcomb Dunbar represents individuals in need of legal counsel in all matters of domestic relations, including adoption, alimony, child custody, child support, divorce, grandparent’s visitation rights, division of marital and non-marital assets, and various other matters dealing with minor children. We have litigation experience in all areas of domestic relations, and have litigated all of the chief issues that the courts are routinely called upon to decide.

Real Estate

Holcomb Dunbar provides a wide range of services in its commercial and residential real estate practice. The commercial real estate practitioners routinely address finance issues, represent banks and other lenders in the State and region, as well as provide counsel to corporate and industrial borrowers.

Holcomb Dunbar’s real estate lawyers represent sellers and buyers and are equipped and staffed to process and close simple residential as well as complex multi-state commercial transactions. The firm provides general assistance in contract negotiations, and litigates contract, boundary line, adverse possession and other real property disputes.

Commercial and Corporate

Holcomb Dunbar’s commercial and corporate section includes corporate law, commercial transactions, banking law, trademark, and trade secrets. The Firm represents numerous corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, banks, and public utilities.

The Firm’s attorneys have the experience and proficiency necessary to handle complex commercial transactions and have served as Mississippi counsel in various multi-state and national transactions involving both traditional and non-traditional financing.  Holcomb Dunbar’s professional staff is highly competent at strategic corporate planning regarding all aspects of commercial and corporate formation and operation, and commercial transactions.

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Holcomb Dunbar’s bankruptcy and insolvency section represents clients nationwide in Mississippi’s bankruptcy courts.  Holcomb Dunbar has been actively involved in reorganizing numerous businesses engaged in such diverse businesses as gaming, real estate, timber, agribusiness, manufacturing, and financial industries, automobile and other franchises and recreation, along with representation of individuals in significant bankruptcy and insolvency cases and matters. The Firm is also active in bankruptcy litigation, with special emphasis upon the prosecution and defense of avoidance causes of action in bankruptcy cases.

The Firm’s attorneys are experienced, competent and have achieved, through years of experience in bankruptcy and insolvency area, positive results for their clients in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law

Holcomb Dunbar’s attorneys provide a broad range of legal services in its representation of employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in workers’ compensation matters throughout Mississippi. Our representation begins with the presentation of a claim and continues through the hearing and appellate review levels until the claim is brought to a conclusion.

Due to our long-standing practice as workers’ compensation defense lawyers, we have developed extensive experience in the law and procedure of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. We strive to provide the highest quality legal representation in workers’ compensation matters. Once a claim is made against one of our clients, our lawyers aggressively defend our client’s interests in an effort to minimize losses.

The Firm’s attorneys also advise employers in the development of personnel policies, employee handbooks, rules concerning hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, training, scheduling leave of absence and other employment-related conditions. The attorneys assist employers in developing other programs to improve their work force, to provide methods of communication between management and employees, and to resolve employment relations disputes.

Holcomb Dunbar’s employment attorneys generally advise employers with regard to wrongful discharge litigation, employment discrimination issues, sexual harassment claims, general labor/employee relations, the drafting and enforceability of employee competition and disclosure agreements, general employment competition and disclosure agreements, general employee pension and benefit issues, hour claims, the potential use of alternative dispute resolution and general OSHA matters.

Holcomb Dunbar’s practice consists of the defense of employers against all types of discrimination claims, including: race, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, religion and origin. In addition, the attorneys defend claims of breach of contract, wrongful discharge, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and other workplace tort claims. The Firm has defended claims alleging negligent hiring and retention, defamation, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, misrepresentation, breach of contract, assault, breach of non-competition agreements, battery and false imprisonment.

Holcomb Dunbar’s attorneys prepare general employment agreements as well as independent contractor agreements. The Firm also advises employers on the enforceability of covenants not to compete, as well as on problems associated with post-employment competition, non-disclosure agreements and the ownership of intellectual property or trade secrets developed during employment relationship. Holcomb Dunbar’s attorneys also assist and counsel employers routinely on important aspects of the termination process and such other related matters.

Estate Planning and Probate

Holcomb Dunbar’s estate planning and probate section provides a full range of estate planning and probate services. The Firm emphasizes a comprehensive approach to estate planning to address not only the issues covered in wills and testamentary trusts, but also lifetime planning for disability through health care powers of attorney, other advance directives for health care, living trusts, and durable powers of attorney.

Holcomb Dunbar is familiar with the Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations and advises clients regarding the spend-down provisions, transfer penalties, income only trusts, and special needs trusts.