Serving Clients Across North Mississippi & West Tennessee

Attorney Profiles

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Michael K. Graves

Mr. Graves is the senior Member of firm. As an AV-Preeminent rated lawyer, Mike has accumulated over twenty-five years of experience in commercial and general civil litigation in both state and federal courts in Mississippi. 

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William B. Palmertree

Mr. Palmertree is the Managing Member of the firm. Brad has extensive experience representing banks and businesses in a broad range of matters in both state and federal courts in Mississippi and Tennessee. 

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W. H. Jolly, III

Mr. Jolly joined the firm in 2011 after serving as the clerk for Chancellor J. Max Kilpatrick.  Bill's practice focuses primarily in chancery matters, including family law and wills and estates while also working extensively with local homeowners' associations.  

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J. Conner Ray

Mr. Ray is an associate attorney at the firm.  His practice involves  a wide variety of matters including real estate transactions, wills and estates, and matters in  both state and federal courts in Mississippi and Tennessee. 

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Michael K. Graves

 AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • commercial litigation
  • civil litigation
  • collections
  • creditors’ rights
  • lender liability
  • zoning and land use
  • real estate litigation
  • landlord/tenant
  • homeowner’s associations
  • dram shop litigation
  • premises liability
  • Public purchasing
  • estates and will contests
  • business acquisitions and dissolutions
  • breach of contract
  • non-compete agreements
  • defamation


Mr. Graves is a certified mediator with the Mississippi Supreme Court, and he has served as both a mediator and arbitrator in many commercial and civil matters.


Mike has made continuing education presentations on topics including zoning, land use and development, landlord/tenant, and insurance. He has authored numerous articles on law-related topics in both legal and non-legal publications.  Mike is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the American Society of Legal Advocates, a member of the William C. Keady Inns of Court, a member of The Trial Law Institute, and a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, the Mississippi Bar, and the Desoto County Bar Association. He has also been included in the “Top Lawyers in Mississippi” by The Legal Network.; included in Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2014-2018; by the American Society of Legal Advocates; selected as “10 Best Attorneys In Mississippi” (2017) by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; selected as a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer In Mississippi” (2016) by the American Society of Legal Advocates; and has been rated as an AV-Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 2010. He is a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law (with Special Distinction) and has served as President of the MC Law Alumni Association.  Mike is actively involved in his church and many local civic organizations, and is a past board member of the DeSoto Economic Council. Mr. Graves previously served in both the Mississippi Army. National Guard and Air National Guard. 

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William B. Palmertree

 AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • creditors' rights 
  • bankruptcy
  • collections
  • title and boundary disputes
  • title insurance 
  • commercial real estate closings
  • homeowner's associations
  • landlord/tenant matters
  • business entity formation and planning
  • business acquisitions and dissolutions
  • contract preparation
  • commercial litigation
  • civil litigation


EDUCATION

  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2002
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2005


LICENSING & ADMISSIONS

  • Mississippi, 2005
  • Tennessee, 2006
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Mississippi Land Title Association
  • DeSoto County Bar Association
  • Hernando Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2008-2014
  • Mississippi Bar Association Leadership Forum, 2013


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "Foreclosure Pitfalls in Mississippi & Tennessee", University of Mississippi CLE by the Hour (December, 2011)
  • "Current Issues in Foreclosure Law in Mississippi & Tennessee", University of Mississippi CLE by the Hour (December, 2012)
  • "Mississippi & Tennessee Real Estate Update", University of Mississippi CLE by the Hour (December, 2014)  
  • "Title Search & Examination Fundamentals", Title Law From Start To Finish (April, 2016)
  • "How to Read Surveys and Plats", Title Law From Start To Finish (April, 2016) 
  • "Best Practices for Curing Title Problems",  Title Law From Start To Finish (April, 2016)
  • "Considerations in Business Formation and Entity Selection", University of Mississippi CLE by the Hour (December, 2016)
  • "Handling Title Insurance Claims",  University of Mississippi CLE by the Hour (December, 2018)
  • "Subdivision Plat Approval and Amendment: Picking Your Battles",  Current and Evolving Issues in Land Use and Zoning (May, 2019)


Brad maintains an active and diverse practice primarily focused on commercial and business related matters. After graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law, he began his practice in Jackson, Tennessee before moving to DeSoto County in 2007. Since moving to DeSoto County Brad has become an active member of the community through his work with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. Brad is also active in a number of local civic and charitable organizations. He has served either as a director or board attorney for the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce, West Tennessee Animal Rescue, and the Unknown Child Foundation. 

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W. H. Jolly, III

  AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • divorce
  • family law
  • adoption
  • estate probate
  • wills and estates
  • homeowner's associations
  • collections
  • landlord/tenant matters
  • civil litigation


EDUCATION

  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2001
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2005


LICENSING & ADMISSIONS

  • Mississippi, 2005
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • DeSoto County Bar Association
  • M Mississippi Bar Association Leadership Forum, 2015

 

Before entering private practice in 2009, Bill worked as the Staff Attorney for the Sixth Chancery District in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where he dealt with a wide variety of chancery matters, including family law, wills and estates, Youth Court, and Katrina-related price gouging litigation. Bill also worked as an adjunct professor of Paralegal Studies at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2005 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2000. 

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J. Conner Ray

  AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • collections
  • commercial real estate closings
  • landlord/tenant matters
  • commercial litigation
  • civil litigation
  • divorce
  • family law


EDUCATION

  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2015
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2018


LICENSING & ADMISSIONS

  • Mississippi, 2019
  • Tennessee, 2018
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • DeSoto County Bar Association



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