John Booth Farese

John Booth Farese

Ashland, Mississippi

Year Joined Firm

  • 1969

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • 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
    • J.D. - 1969
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1966
    • Major: Psychology (Baseball, Basketball and Track)

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


  • 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, Chairman, 1976 - 1978
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member, 1969 - Present
  • Third Circuit Bar Association, Past President
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1980 - Present
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Committee on Products Liability
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, Member, 1972 - 1980
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, Member, Executive Committee, 1976 - 1979
  • Mississippi Security and Privacy Commission, Member, 1976
  • Mississippi Criminal Justice Standards and Goals Commission, Member, 1975 - 1976
  • Mississippi Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National District Attorneys Association, Member, 1972 - 1980
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 1969 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Member, 1969 - 1977
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), Member
  • Lamar Society of International Law, Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Create Foundation, Member
  • 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, Attorney, 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