Areas of Practice
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1986, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985–1986
  • Millsaps College, B.A., 1983, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1986
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 1986
  • N.D. Miss., 1986
  • S.D. Miss., 1986
W. Rayner
Suite 800
190 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201
601.949.4724 tel
601.949.4680 fax

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Whit Rayner is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group in the Jackson office, and he is the leader of the Intellectual Property team. His practice focus is in the areas of copyright and trademark registration and protection, software licensing, and intellectual property litigation and prosecution. He also represents financial institutions in commercial litigation and contract disputes.

Mr. Rayner is a member of The Mississippi Bar and former chair of the Intellectual Property Section. He is also past chairman of the Model State Trademark Bill Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association and a former member of the International Trademark Association/CPR Panel of Neutrals.

Mr. Rayner is the author of the Intellectual Property Section of West Publishing's Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, and is the Mississippi editor of State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, and Trademark Law (listed annually since 2001)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year" in Jackson, MS
  • Named one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top in Tech”
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Jackson, MS
  • Leadership Jackson (2004–2005)
  • Leadership Mississippi (1998–1999)
  • AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Intellectual Property (2006, 2011, 2013, 2015–2016)
  • Selected as one of the best Intellectual Property lawyers in the United States by The Best of the U.S. LLC, 2006




  • "Who Says the Supreme Court Doesn’t Care About IP?: A Two Part Series", November 14, 2017, Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Teleseminar; The Mississippi Bar Intellectual Property Section
  • "Trademark Practice Tips", May 20, 2015, The Mississippi Bar Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Conference
  • "Intellectual Property Issues for the General Practitioner", April 24, 2015, 2015 Mississippi Law Update
  • "2014 Trade Secret Year in Review," Mid-South Intellectual Property Institute, February 6, 2014
  • Jones Walker to Host "Avoiding Vendor Management Issues" Seminar
  • “What Every General Practitioner Should Know About Intellectual Property Law”, May 3, 2013, 2013 Mississippi Law Update, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education


  • "Recent Changes in Federal Law Encourage Registering Intellectual Property Rights Early"
    Pointe Innovation, Summer 2013


  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (Board President, 2006–2007)
  • International Trademark Association (Member, U.S. Legislation Committee CPR, Panel of Neutrals, 2000–2006)
  • Mississippi Secretary of State's Business Reform Committee – Trademark Law Study Group (Co-Chairman, 2009–2010)
  • The Mississippi Bar (Member, Chairman Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2001–2002)
  • Willowood Developmental Center (Board of Directors)