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Sumner Fortenberry is a litigator in the firm’s Construction and Litigation practice groups. He helps construction and business clients navigate the legal issues they face in a variety of disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also maintains a robust appellate practice, drawing on his experience as a law clerk for the Hon. Leslie H. Southwick of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Sumner is thus able to aid clients from the inception of a lawsuit through the final stages of an appeal.

Construction contracts for private projects will soon be subject to a new retainage law in Mississippi. On April 19, 2024, Gov. Tate Reeves approved SB 2762 into law, and after July 1, 2024, most construction contracts on projects in Mississippi will comply with a set of retainage laws similar to those that have governed public

Contractors know when they bid a public job that it’s the lowest and best bidder that will ultimately come out on top. Contractors and public bodies also know that when a public body rejects the lowest bid, it needs to explain why the low bidder isn’t the best bidder. But in a recent twist, the

If you’ve ever seen the popular film Goodfellas, you might have heard of the infamous Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It’s usually referred to by its acronym, “RICO,” and was designed to punish a laundry list of criminal conduct such as “gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in