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James "Bud" Sheppard


Bud Sheppard, a Jackson native who frequents the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is an Associate Attorney at Porter | Malouf. Prior to joining the firm, Bud clerked for the Honorable Taylor B. McNeel on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Bud graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2021, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review. As Editor-in-Chief, Bud led the publication of Volume 39 and received the Best Comment Award for his article titled “The Dormant Right to Plant-Based Food.” While in law school, Bud interned for the Honorable Cory T. Wilson on the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Mississippi State Treasurer David McRae. Bud received numerous litigation awards for his activity on the Moot Court Board.


Bud graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Latin. While at Loyola, Bud had the honor to serve as Student Body President and Chief Justice. Bud is an Alpha Omega of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, where Bud’s peers voted him “Mr. St. Andrew’s.”


Bud serves the community as President of The Phoenix Club of Jackson, a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization tasked with raising funds and awareness for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.


  • Multidistrict Litigation

  • Product Liability Law

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents [Plaintiff]

  • Personal Injury [Plaintiff]


  • American Jurisprudence Award, Mississippi Practice

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Pretrial Practice

  • Bradley Best Comment Award

  • Recipient of Mississippi Bar Litigation Section Award

  • Recipient of Judge Dan Lee ‘48 Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Recipient of Judge John Richard Countiss III ‘56 Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Recipient of John B. Farese Memorial Trial Advocate Award

  • Internal Trial Competition Finalist

  • Southern Classic Moot Court Semifinalist

  • Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush Quarterfinalist

  • Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush Best “Off Brief” Award


  • United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, Honorable Taylor B. McNeel, 2021


  • Mississippi College School of Law J.D., 2021, magna cum laude

  • Mississippi College Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

  • Student Bar Association, Senator at Large

  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Member

  • Dean’s Ambassador

  • Charles Clark Inn of Court, Pupil

  • Loyola University New Orleans B.B.A., 2016

  • Student Government Association, President and Chief Justice

  • The Men of Beggars Fraternity, President

  • Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity

  • The National Society of Leadership and Success

  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 2012, Alpha Omega

  • Named “Mr. St. Andrew’s”


  • Mississippi, 2021

  • United States District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2021


  • Jackson Young Lawyers, Newsletter Committee Chair

  • Capital Area Bar Association

  • Mississippi Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division

  • Mississippi Association for Justice


  • The Phoenix Club of Jackson benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, President

  • Mississippi Children’s Museum, Neon Night Planning Committee

  • Rotary Club of Jackson

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