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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    JD, magna cum laude, 1986
    Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985-1986

  • Millsaps College
    BA, magna cum laude, 1983
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W. Rayner
Partner
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 Litigation Practice Group and leader of the intellectual property team. He focuses on copyright and trademark registration and protection, software licensing, and intellectual property litigation and prosecution. 

Whit represents financial institutions in commercial litigation and contract disputes.

In addition to his current bar-association memberships, Whit is past chairman of the Model State Trademark Bill Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association.

Whit 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.  

Noteworthy

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law; Information Technology Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law (listed annually since 2001)
  • Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation – Intellectual Property, Jackson, Mississippi (2017, 2019)
  • Mississippi Business Journal, “Top in Tech”
  • Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year," Copyright Law, Jackson, Mississippi (2016) 
  • Leadership Jackson (2004-2005)
  • Leadership Mississippi (1998-1999)
  • AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, (2006, 2011, 2013, 2015-2017)
  • The Best of the U.S. LLC, selected as one of the best Intellectual Property lawyers in the United States (2006)

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Presentations

  • "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, August 2013
  • “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

Publications

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

Memberships

  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Board of Directors, Board President (2006-2007)
  • International Trademark Association, US Copyright Committee (2015-2018), Panel of Neutrals (2000-2006)
  • Mississippi Secretary of State's Business Reform Committee – Trademark Law Study Group, Co-Chairman (2009-2010)
  • The Mississippi Bar, Chairman, Section of Intellectual Property Law (2001-2002)
  • Willowood Developmental Center, Board of Directors, Board President (2003-2005)
  • Jackson International Ballet Competition, Board of Directors