Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Madison County Business League and Foundation, Political Advisory Committee
  • Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys
  • Mississippi Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Mayor’s Advisory Council for City of Moss Point, Mississippi

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for Leadership Mississippi 2016
  • Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star, 2016-2017
  • Top 50 Leading Business Women of the Year, Mississippi Business Journal, 2016
  • Litigator of the Year, Legal Elite, 2017

Experience

  • Assured Guaranty Corporation v. Madison County, Mississippi, No. 16-60303, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; General Counsel; Contract Dispute Involving Public Debt (Controversy Exceeded $26 Mil.) – Reverse Grant of Summary Judgment Against County
  • Reinaldo Bacallao v. Madison County, Mississippi, No. 2017-CA-00043-COA, In the Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi; Lead Counsel; Legal Malpractice Against Public Defender – Affirmed Judgment in Favor of County
  • Arlin George Hatfield, III v. The Board of Supervisors of Madison County, Mississippi, No. 2016-CP-00616-SCT; Lead Counsel; Zoning Dispute – Affirmed Judgment in Favor of County
  • Landon Frith v. TruckPro, Cause No. 2011-847, County Court of Rankin County, Mississippi; Trial Counsel; Products Liability – Defense Verdict
  • Frank Evans v. TruckPro-Greensboro, Case No. 13CVM16859, General Court of Justice District Court Division, Guilford County, State of North Carolina; National Counsel; Products Liability – Defense Verdict
  • James Talbert v. Eastern Empire Buffet, Inc. and Sysco Corporation, Cause No. 10-0758, 4th Judicial District Court, Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana; Lead Counsel; Products Liability – Summary Judgment
  • Alec Lincoln v. Phelps Industries, Cause No. 2010-396, Circuit Court of Smith County, Mississippi; Products Liability – Voluntary Dismissal in Response to Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Dees Oil Company et al. v. Lion Oil Company, Cause No. 3:08cv101, United States District Court Northern District of Mississippi; Products Liability – Voluntary Dismissal in Response to Motion to Dismiss or Compel
  • John C. Ellis, III v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. d/b/a Evinrude Outboard Motors, Cause No. 02401-10-63, County Court of Harrison County, Mississippi, First Judicial District; Products Liability – Summary Judgment Granted on Oral Argument
  • M&M Property, et al. v. Warren County Board of Supervisors, et al., Cause No. 97-346, Chancery Court of Warren County, Mississippi; Government Liability – Motion to Dismiss Granted on Oral Argument
  • Jackie Scott v. Corrections Corporation of America, Case No. 3:13cv00168, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division; Employment Discrimination – Summary Judgment
  • Alexander Nodarse v. Rose, et al., No. 12-60451, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Lead Counsel; Civil Rights Litigation – Summary Judgment Affirmed
  • Dario Drakes v. T.C.C.F. et al., No. 3:13cv133, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division; Lead Counsel; Civil Rights Litigation – Defense Verdict

Education & Bar Admission

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Marketing, 2006
  • Mississippi, 2010
  • U.S. District Courts, Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, “2011 Legal Update: The Impact on Local Governments by Recent Federal and State Court Decisions,” Mississippi Association of Supervisors, Mid-Winter Conference, Jan. 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Rules Update: Changes to Federal Rule 26 Regarding Expert Disclosures and Communications with Retained and Non-Retained Expert Witnesses," MDLA Quarterly, Mississippi Defense Lawyers
  • Association, Spring 2011. Author, “50 State Survey—Breach of Security Laws,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 14-17, May 2011.
  • Co-Author, “Administrative Law Update,: Mississippi State University CLE Course Materials, Nov. 4, 2011.
  • Co-Author, “2012 Legal Update: The Impact on Local Governments by Recent Federal and State Court Decisions,” Mississippi Association of Supervisors, Mid-Winter Conference, Jan. 2012.
  • Author, “Legislative, Regulatory, and Current Case Law Developments,” State and Local Government Law CLE Course Materials, National Business Institute, Mar. 21, 2012.
  • Contributor, “Case Law Update,” Defense Research Institute Products Liability Seminar Course Materials, Spring 2014.
  • House Bill No. 1747, 2016 Regular Legislative Session – Enacted May 5, 2016

About Katie Bryant Snell

Katie Bryant Snell is the founding partner of Katie Bryant Snell PLLC, which she began in 2016. Prior to opening her own practice, Katie worked for one of the largest firms in the Southeast, specializing in products liability and civil rights defense. She successfully defended some of the top industry leaders in the United States. While managing products liability litigation for large corporations, Katie came to appreciate the value of in-house counsel; she negotiated rates, hired attorneys, developed the litigation strategy, and managed cases efficiently for the client. This experience would serve her well when she was later named Board Attorney for the Madison County Board of Supervisors.  

In her first month as Board Attorney, Katie identified the need for legislation to address language in the Mississippi Code that inhibited growth for local fire districts. Katie proposed alternative legislation to the Board; on her recommendation, the Board directed Katie to draft new legislation and generate support for change. Katie successfully drafted and advocated legislation that brought relief to growing counties and fire districts throughout the State. Since being named board attorney, Katie has successfully defended Madison County in a variety of litigation involving zoning matters, breach of contract, employment discrimination, tax appeals, and alleged civil rights violations. Katie prudently manages the legal budget for Madison County. Since 2016, she has saved Madison County hundreds of thousands of dollars in her handling of the legal matters and her efficient management of large-scale litigation. Katie has also worked to achieve the transparency initiative championed by the Board of Supervisors. She revised county ordinances and policies to be clearer, and is working to codify the Madison County ordinances.

In addition to Madison County, Katie has represented many other counties and municipalities throughout the State of Mississippi. She has advised mayors and city councils on infrastructure solutions and assisted them in generating community support for those efforts. Katie has also successfully defended local governments in zoning matters and other types of litigation. Prior to opening her own firm, Katie successfully defended a county in litigation over the funding of infrastructure. When Katie entered an appearance, the county had been in litigation for over twenty years and their resources drained by legal fees and mandated infrastructure maintenance costs. Katie assisted in developing the legal strategy that would win the case and relieve the county of such obligations, freeing up a large part of their road funds for other, more critical infrastructure needs.

Katie continues to represent clients in many different types of business and industry, both public and private. Her expertise and experience in handling a variety of litigated matters has saved her clients money and provided them with guidance to be proactive to avoid future litigation. 

Katie graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School with honors. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Ballet Mississippi, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, and the Southern Miss Central Mississippi Alumni Association. Katie is also a member of the Moss Point Mayor’s Advisory Council. Katie has been selected for Leadership Mississippi and named a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star. The Mississippi Business Journal recognized Katie as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Business Women in 2016. Katie is AV-rated with Martindale-Hubbell. She currently lives in Madison County and is married to Stephen Snell. They attend Madison Heights Church with their two children, Henry and Eliza.

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