Qualifications & Credentials

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Justin Ponds
is a lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi. He is admitted to practice before all state trial and appellate courts in Mississippi, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Ponds earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Mississippi College in 2010, graduating magna cum laude, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2012, graduating summa cum laude. He then worked for the federal judiciary as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  (For more information about the professional experience of a federal law clerk, click here.) Mr. Ponds returned to Jackson, Mississippi in 2014 and began practicing law in the private sector.

He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review and received awards for his work in multiple subjects, including Constitutional Law, Contracts, Copyright Law, Criminal Procedure, Employment Discrimination, and Legal Writing.  He also has written and published scholarship discussing private property rights for waterfront landowners (available here).

Mr. Ponds is a Christian and has attended the Reservoir campus of Pinelake Church since 1992. He also is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the National Rifle Association, and the Central Mississippi USBC Association, for which he serves as a board director and legislative committee chairman.  Mr. Ponds volunteers as a judge for Mississippi College’s Moot Court appellate-advocacy competitions and remains active in local charity events supporting cancer awareness.