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John Booth Farese 
Ashland, Mississippi
phone 662-587-8099
fax 662-224-3229
email Email Me

Year Joined Organization:
Litigation Percentage:
75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1969
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, 1969

Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, 1966
Major:  Psychology (Baseball, Basketball and Track)

Representative Cases:
Ford Motor Company v. Matthews, 291 So.2d 169
Kroger v. Moore, 800 F. Supp. 429
Gurley v. U. S. F. & G., 855 F.2d 194
U. S. Fidelity and Guaranty Company v. Ferguson, 698 So 2d 77 (1997)
Miner v. Bertasi, 530 So.2d 168
Doss v. South Central Bell, 834 F.2d 421, 45 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. 994
Sartain v. Sartain, 405 So.2d 84
I.C.R.R. v. Travis, 2000-IA-01074-SCT
Doss v. South Central Bell, 45 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 37,743
Representative Clients:
Benton County Board of Supervisors, Ashland, Mississippi
Contract Fabricators, Inc., Holly Springs, Mississippi
First National Bank of Ashland, Mississippi
Gentry Gallery, Inc., Ripley, Mississippi
Torque Converters, Inc., Ashland, Mississippi
Town of Ashland, Mississippi
Regions Bank, Ashland, MS 38603
American Express
Merchants and Farmers Bank, Ashland, MS
The Peoples Bank, Ripley, MS
CopyFax, Memphis, Tennessee
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Use Caution While Handling a (Hired) Gun - Techniques for Direct and Cross Examination of Experts, Mississippi Bar Association - Summer School for Lawyers (2005)

Trial Skills, on subject of Computer-Generated Evidence & Simulations; Admissibility Issues; and Presenting Paperless Evidence, The University of Mississippi Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Tunica, MS, February 23, 2001

Preparing For A Computer Trial and A Comprehensive Look At Courtroom Technology, Tennessee Bar Seminar - Cozumel, Mexico, November 25, 2000 - November 26, 2000

Litigating With Facts, Mississippi Professional Investigators Association - Tupelo, MS (May 2008)

Tort Law Update: Handling An Automobile Claim and Check List for Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Update, Jackson, Mississippi (June 1997)

Presentation of Interaction Between Plaintiff's Attorney and The Paralegal, Mississippi Bar Association: MALA (June 1997)

Multi-Media Trial Presentation System, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education Technology Solutions - Mississippi (1997)

New Technology in Preparing and Trying Crashworthiness Cases, AIEG Auto Focus - Phoenix Arizona (October 1996)

The Litigator's Tool Box: Multi-Medial Presentation of Evidence, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education and the Mississippi Judicial College - Jackson Mississippi (September 2006)

Auto Torts Seminar: Client Intake, Pretrial Investigation, Filing The Complaint, Motion Practice, Plaintiff's Case in Chief, What Should I save For Rebuttal, UMBI Insurance Update - Biloxi, Mississippi (June 1996)

Illegal Practice of Law, Mississippi Association of Legal Assistants (June 1996)

Explaining UM Coverage and Stacking of Insurance, and Ethical Considerations for the Auto Litigator, Auto Torts Seminar - Biloxi, Mississippi (1995)

Demonstrative Evidence, Memphis Bar Association

How to Try a Wreck Case, Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education, June 30, 2006

How to Make More Money, Improve Your Image and Reduce Stress, UM Law Alumni CLE, April 13, 2007

A Workshop on Practical Ideas and Tips How to Be a Better Lawyer and Make More Money with Less Stress, UM Continuing Legal Education Spring Seminar, April 25, 2008

Improving Our Reputation and Giving Back to the Community, Mississippi Association for Justice Memphis Seminar, May 9, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Governor's Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 1976 - 1978

Mississippi Bar Association, 1969 - Present

Third Circuit Bar Association
Past President

Federal Bar Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present
Member, Board of Governors

Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Committee on Products Liability

American Association for Justice

National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Mississippi Prosecutors Association, 1972 - 1980

Mississippi Prosecutors Association, 1976 - 1979
Member, Executive Committee

Mississippi Security and Privacy Commission, 1976

Mississippi Criminal Justice Standards and Goals Commission, 1975 - 1976

Mississippi Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National District Attorneys Association, 1972 - 1980

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1969 - Present

American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 1969 - 1977

Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)

Lamar Society of International Law

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Create Foundation

Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
Past Member, Board of Governors

Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
Past Member, Products Liability Committee

Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
Past Chairman, Technology Committee

National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Past Member

Mississippi Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Past Member

Lamar Society of International Law
Past Member

Benton County Board of Supervisors, 1981 - Present

Past Employment Positions:
Benton County, Attorney, 1972 - 1980

Benton County, Attorney, 1990 - 1994

Benton County Board of Education, Attorney, 1981 - 1986

Towns of Walnut, Myrtle, Blue Mountain, Hickory Flat, and Ashland, MS, Past Attorney

U. S. Army Reserve, 1963 - 1969

Sigma Nu
Office Location

Ashland, Mississippi

122 Church Street
P.O. Box 98
Ashland, MS 38603

Local: 662.587.8099
Toll Free: 1.888.341.0243
Fax: 662.224.3229

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