2013 CABA Nominee Biographies
Scott Jones is a Partner with Adams and Reese LLP in Jackson. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, banking and finance law, insurance, and construction.
Scott has served the Capital Area Bar Association in a number of capacities, including serving on and chairing the Website Committee (2008-2010) and serving on the Board of Directors (2010 – present). Scott was significantly involved in the last two website revisions and has assisted in efforts to increase sponsorships and member participation.
Scott is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and graduated high school from E.C.S. He attended Mississippi College where he obtained a bachelors of science degree in marketing and a juris doctorate. In between undergraduate school and law school, Scott worked as a pricing and revenue analyst at Verizon Business. While in law school, he served as chairman of the Moot Court Board and competed in numerous competitions, including the Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition where he advanced to the final argument and received an award for the best brief.
Scott and his wife, Maggie, live in Jackson and have two daughters. He serves as an officer and clerk of his church, Highlands Presbyterian Church. Scott is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Mississippi, is involved with the Mississippi Economic Council, and routinely provides pro bono legal services through his church and with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Mike Malouf, Jr.
Mike is a partner of Malouf & Malouf in Jackson. He primarily practices in the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, workers' compensation and products liability. He received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1992 and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1996. Mike is very active in the legal community.
He is a past officer of the Jackson Young Lawyers, where he has served as Treasurer, Child Advocacy Chairman, Social Chairman, Membership Chairman, and Sykes Boys & Girls Club Tutoring Program leader. In 2000, he was recognized by JYL as an Outstanding Young Lawyer. In 2001, he was an Associate Member of The Charles Clark American Inns of Court. He is also an active member of The Mississippi Bar, where he has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division, and Child Advocacy Committee.
Mike is very active in the Jackson community. He currently serves on several boards, including Habitat for Humanity, and is currently president of the JFC soccer organization. Mike is married to Susan Stanfill Malouf and is the proud father of a daughter, Ann Leighton, and two sons, Michael, III., and Chambers. They attend Christ United Methodist Church.
Director Post 1
Kevin E. Gay
Kevin Gay is a partner at the MacNeill Law Group, PLLC in Flowood.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1998 and received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2002. After graduation, he joined MacNeill & Buffington law firm. His practice continues to focus on litigation, insurance defense and commercial transportation defense and real estate and title insurance.
Kevin is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, and the Rankin County Bar Association. Kevin is currently serving as Chairman of the Capital Area Golf Tournament, which is held annually each year to raise money for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project. Kevin received the Capital Area Bar Association's Outstanding Service Award in 2012. Kevin has been listed in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Kevin is married to Mary Margaret Gay, a partner with Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP. Kevin and Mary Margaret live in Brandon with their two sons, Drew and Owen, and attend Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Troy F. Odom
Troy Odom is a member of Blair & Bondurant, P.A. He graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2002. His practice focuses on general chancery matters with an emphasis on oil, gas and other natural resource law.
Troy is active with the Mississippi Bar Association, where he presently sits on the Professionalism Committee and the Summer School for Lawyer's Committee. In 2011, Troy graduated from the inaugural Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum, and in 2012, he chaired the Nominating Committee for Bar Commissioner for the 20th Circuit Court District.
Troy is Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the Capital Area Bar Association; a position he has held for two years. Troy is also Vice-President and Treasurer of the Rankin County Bar Association, past President of the Mississippi Oil & Gas Lawyer's Association, and past Associate Director of the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Troy and wife, Brittany, are members of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, where he serves as usher and Treasurer of his Sunday school class.
Director Post 2
Tiffany M. Graves
Tiffany M. Graves is the General Counsel of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. She attended Hollins University and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She began her legal career as the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Fellow at the Mississippi Center for Justice. She was a Litigation Associate at two Jackson area law firms after completing her fellowship. Tiffany is President of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Mississippi Bar, Chair of the Child Advocacy Committee of the YLD, and Past President of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. She received the YLD's "Outstanding Young Lawyer Award" in 2011. She was also selected for membership in the Mississippi Bar's inaugural Leadership Forum class that same year.
Tiffany has served on the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Bar Association for the past two years. She chaired the organization's Pro Bono Committee in 2009-2010 and has served on the association's Women in the Profession and Women & Children Advocacy Committees.
Tiffany is married to James Graves, III, an attorney at Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A. Tiffany and James live in Ridgeland.
Kristina M. Johnson
Kristina has practiced law in Mississippi for 20 years. Kristina has focused her practice on commercial bankruptcy cases, representing primarily creditors in Chapter 11 and commercial Chapter 7 cases. She occasionally defends creditors and other non-debtor parties in "mass tort" or class action type cases in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy case context and handles commercial litigation cases primarily in federal court. Kristina's law practice with Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A. merged effective November 5, 2011 with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P. where she continues to practice as a partner in the Jackson, Mississippi office. In addition, she is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.
Kristina is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, and earned her juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, she served on the Editorial Board of The Mississippi Law Journal. Kristina is a member of The Mississippi Bar, the Sections of Business Bankruptcy, Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association, and the current president of the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference. She is also a past president of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.
Kristina has served on numerous committees for state and local bar associations, including serving on the Steering Committee to rewrite the Mississippi Local Bankruptcy Rules, and as co-chair for the CABA Tennis Tournament Committee in 2011. She is an annual contributing author to West's Bankruptcy Exemption Manual.
Kristina lives in Madison with her husband of 20 years, Bruce, her son, Gray (14), and her daughter, Carlisle (9). Kristina attends Broadmoor Baptist Church.