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  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1982, magna cum laude; Associate Editor, Mississippi Law Journal, 1981–1982
  • Lambuth College, B.A., 1979, magna cum laude
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L. Parsons
Partner
Suite 800
190 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201
601.949.4701 tel
601.949.4804 fax

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Keith Parsons is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's Jackson office. He has over 30 years of experience and knowledge of the legal needs of both public and private sector clients, in the areas of public finance, federal and state securities law, and business transactions.

Today, he works primarily in the area of public finance, and, in particular, tax analysis under Section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code. He has worked on traditional bond issues for cities and counties, private activity bonds, school bond issues, 501(c)(3) hospital financings, university bond issues, and interest rate swap agreements. He is experienced in analyzing private use, 501(c)(3), arbitrage, and rebate questions.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Parsons worked as an advisor to businesses, especially in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic business issues. He has represented acquirers and sellers in mergers, stock acquisitions, and asset sales in various industry sectors. He has experience in registered securities offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as private placements of securities, and he advises publicly traded companies on compliance with the federal securities laws. His transactional practice has involved work with other federal and state regulatory authorities, such as the Comptroller of Currency, the Farm Credit Administration, and state insurance and banking regulators.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation (listed annually since 2005)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Corporate Compliance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Jackson, MS
  • Named "Jackson Best Lawyers'® Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year" 2013
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, 1998

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Presentations

  • “Lies and Secrets: Legal Ethics in the Broader Ethical Context”, June 13, 2013
  • “Lies and Secrets: Legal Ethics in the Broader Ethical Context”, January 8, 2013, Mid-Winter Conference of the Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys

Publications

  • "Borrowing and Debt Administration; A Handbook for City Officials"
    Municipal Government in Mississippi, Mississippi Municipal League, 2011
  • "The Preexisting Relationship Doctrine Under Regulation D: A Rule Without Reason"
    Washington and Lee Law Review, 1998
  • "A Review of Interpretive Opinions and Enforcement Proceedings Under the Mississippi Securities Act"
    Mississippi College Law Review, October 1991

Memberships

  • Business Reform Study Securities Law Committee (Appointed Member)
  • Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys
  • Mississippi Center for Non-Profits (Board of Directors)
  • Mississippi Economic Development Council
  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • The Mississippi Bar (Member, Ethics Committee, 1988–1991)