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H. Rodger Wilder

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  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    J.D., 1977, Research Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi State University
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1970
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1978
About Rodger
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I have enjoyed representing clients ranging from multi-nation corporations involved in complex business transactions to individuals needing child guardianships. These have all been intellectually  stimulating and challenging in different ways, but all have been professionally and personally rewarding.

  • How are you involved in your community?

    Through the years, I have served on and been in leadership positions with numerous local and statewide organizations. I am a founding member of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, have continuously served on its Board of Directors, and am currently serving a second time as President and CEO. As co-chair of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, I work with lay-people, fellow lawyers, the State Judiciary, and Legislature to reduce barriers to court access for citizens who cannot afford lawyers. 



    • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1977, Research Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Mississippi State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1970
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. Tax Court
    Bar Admissions
    • Mississippi, 1978
    Professional Affiliations
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Mississippi Bar Association, President,  2008-09
    • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow, President, 2005-06
    • Harrison County Bar Association, President, 1998
    • American Bar Association, Business and Health Law Sections
    • Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, Co-Chair, 2011-Present
    Awards & Accolades
    • Miss. Volunteer Lawyers Project, Curtis Coker Distinguished Service Award, 2017
    • AV Preeminent Rated by Martendale-Hubbell, 1991-Present
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law, 2005- Present
      • 2024 Lawyer of the Year, Gulfport, Energy Law
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2012
    • Chief Justice's Award for Service to Miss. Bar, 2009
    • Pro Bono Publico Access to Justice Award, American Inns of Court, Russell-Blass-Walker Chapter, 1998
    Community Involvement
    • Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Founding Member, Chairman of Board, 2003-04, President & CEO, 2006-08 & 2014 - Present
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Foundation, Board Member, 2011-Present
    • Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, Member, 2012- Present
    • Voted One of South Mississippi’s Outstanding Business Leaders, 2006
    • Gulf Coast Business Council, Founding Member
    • Knight Non-Profit Center, Founding Member
    • Coast Young Professional “4-Ever Young” Community Leadership Award Recipient, 2009
    • Mississippi Business Journal, Leaders in Law Award, 2010
    • Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Community Service following Hurricane Katrina, 2008
    • Leadership Gulf Coast, 1991-1992