About Us

Our office is a team, a family.  We have enjoyed success and the pleasure of solving the problems of clients because we believe in ourselves and we believe in each other.  We work very hard, put forth our best efforts and make sure our clients know we are doing the very best we can.  We share in our victories and in our defeats.  We treat people fairly and honestly.  We try to be direct and not give false hope.  We are imperfect, but we strive each day to be better than the day before. We are a small firm, but we are unafraid and unrelenting.  It is our pleasure to serve you.

Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward
Attorney

Jeff Ward is an honors graduate from the University of Memphis where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law. Mr. Ward worked in law enforcement and security for more than a decade before beginning his legal career. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis where he has taught Constitutional Law, Evidence and Law and Society. Mr. Ward has served as the Special Judge for the City of Millington, TN. He currently serves as Chairman of the Tipton County Friends of the NRA, Past Board Member of the Tipton Arts Council, Past Board Member of Tipton Cares, Past Board Member of Tipton County Clay Busters, Past Chairman of the Tipton County Republican Party, and volunteers his time for various Veterans and animal rescue groups. Mr. Ward enjoys writing, target shooting, collecting all forms of art.  He competes slowly in 5K walks and runs.

Mr. Ward’s legal practice includes civil litigation, business and contract law, entertainment law, family law, criminal law, civil rights and bankruptcy. Mr. Ward has represented a number of government entities and regularly represents candidates for public office. He is the City Attorney for Maury City, Tennessee and currently serves as General Counsel for the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women.

 

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Jessica L. Gillentine
Attorney

Jessica L. Gillentine is an Associate Attorney with the Ward Law Firm focusing primarily on Civil Litigation, Workers Compensation and Family Law. Ms. Gillentine graduated from the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Juris Doctorate Magna Cum Laude   from the Mississippi College School of Law serving as Technical Editor of the MC Law Review and published her comment on Sexual Harassment concerning evidentiary standards in the 5th Circuit. Ms. Gillentine served on the Moot Court Board and received the John B. Farese Memorial Trial Advocate Award. She interned with Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David Chandler and with Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission Judge Deneise Lott.  Ms. Gillentine is admitted to the Supreme Court of Mississippi, United State District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, United State District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In her spare time, Ms. Gillentine enjoys spending time with her children, she loves music, reading and anything outdoors.

 

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Tina Seymour
Contract Attorney

Attorney Tina Seymour is not a member of the Ward Law Firm but works with the firm on a contract basis for special projects in relation to her extraordinary medical regulatory and compliance expertise.  Ms. Seymour has over twenty two years of professional medical experience.  She has been published in medical trade magazines and invited to speak at clinics and seminars on topics from care of the critically ill patient to corporate compliance program creation and auditing.

Ms. Seymour has over 400 hours of training in Hospital Incident Command, OSHA site inspection/review, Medicaid/Medicare issues, regulatory review, and Medical Coding.She holds current Mississippi licenses in law and respiratory therapy, and is a licensed broker with the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.  She is admitted to all state and federal courts in Mississippi and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Seymour was honored by Mississippi College School of Law as the 2009 Young Lawyer of the Year and the Mississippi Business Journal as a member of the 2011 Top 40 Under 40 class. Her office is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at 11050 Lamey Bridge Road D’iberville, MS 39540, 228-669-4004.

 

 

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Susan Smith
Paralegal

Susan Smith serves as a Paralegal for the firm. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mississippi in Business Management in 1998. Susan has several years of experience working in the legal field across the Mid-South.

Outside of her professional work, Susan enjoys her role as a dedicated mother to her three children. Susan enjoys photography as a hobby, which proves useful with active children. Susan is an active member of Gateway Baptist Church, where she serves on the Greeter and Youth Ministries. She is also an active advocate for the Tennessee school system and serves on many committee’s at the Tipton County Board of Education.

Susan prides herself on giving personal attention and commitment to each client. Her ability to relate to client concerns helping to mitigate or alleviate unnecessary emotional stress is unparalleled. Due to her genuine compassion and commitment, many of our clients remain close friends after our representation is concluded.

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Captain C.T. Freeman
Forensics Expert & Psychophysiologist

 

C.T. Freeman retired from the Southaven Police Department in 2007 as a Detective Captain, Chief of Detectives and Forensic Psychophysiologist. He is a recognized instructor in the areas of Crime Scene Investigation, Hostage/Crisis Negotiations, Interview and Interrogation, and Statement Analysis. Captain Freeman is a certified Polygraph Examiner and is licensed both in Tennessee and Mississippi.  Captain Freeman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. Captain Freeman received his Master of Arts in Criminology with a concentration in Sociology from The University of Memphis and received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The University of Memphis as well.  He is a retired Professor with the University of Memphis Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he specialized in Policing, Forensics, and Crime Scene Investigations.

Captain Freeman is a member of the American Association of Police Polygraphist, the American Polygraph Association, the Mississippi Polygraph Association and a member of the International Association of Identification, Captain Freeman also spent ten years in the United States Army serving as a Military Police Officer. 

 

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Brittany Bailey 
Legal Assistant

Brittany Bailey serves as the firm’s receptionist and legal assistant.  She is a graduate of Abeka Academy and has attended Dyersburg State and Southwest Community College and is a graduate of Concorde College.  Brittany enjoys hunting, fishing and target shooting.  She is an animal lover and has a passion for rescuing abandoned animals.

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Heather Hill
Attorney

Heather Marie Hill obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business from Capella University and her Juris Doctorate degree from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis. Formerly a Vice President of Electronic Banking at National Bank of Commerce and a Senior Financial Analyst at Medtronic. After working as corporate counsel for Evergreen Packaging, Inc., she enjoyed a successful private practice. Ms. Hill served on the board of Tipton County CASA and was a member of the Memphis Bar Association. When not practicing law, Ms. Hill liked to spend her time cheering on the Tipton County Storm Girls Rugby Club, spending time with her husband, a retired naval officer, and playing with her dogs.

Ms. Hill retired in mid 2016 and is currently living the life of a beach bum in Costa Rica.  She is sorely missed.

 

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Monica Timmerman
Attorney, Of Counsel

 

Monica Timmerman is Attorney Of Counsel with the Ward Law Firm focusing primarily in Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. Ms. Timmerman is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. She received her law degree from the University of Memphis and served as Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board and competed in various moot court and mock trial competitions, including National Mock Trial. Ms. Timmerman also served as a law clerk to the Shelby County Criminal Court judges. She has earned honors in both Trial Advocacy and Oral Arguments.  Ms. Timmerman enjoys the theater, the arts and outdoor activities. She is married with two beautiful daughters and a third daughter on the way.

 

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Donna Rhodes
Health Care Case Manager & Billing

Donna has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Illinois at Carbondale and an MBA from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.  Donna has completed graduate studies in Nursing and Anthropology and Archeology.  Donna has spent most of her career in Medical Administration and is the former Administrator of UT Family Practice at St. Francis Hospital.   In her spare time, Donna enjoys target shooting, archeology, political activism and dancing.

 

 

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Angela Motes Channell
Nursing Consultant

Angela Motes Channell serves as the firm’s nursing consultant.  Ms. Channell has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Baptist School of Nursing and her Bachelors of Nursing from Union University.  She completed all of the requirements to become a Certified Legal Nursing Consulting from Kaplan University.  Ms. Channell has been a nurse for twenty one years working in the areas of case management in both hospitals and through workers compensation.

Ms. Channell is devoted to her family and enjoys spending every minute she can with her two beautiful daughters. She loves to cook and garden.  She has recently taken up target pistol shooting and is learning to bow hunt.

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Paige Koneski
Public Relations Director

Paige Koneski serves as the firm’s Public Relations Director. Paige majored in Business as Dyersburg State Community College and Mid-South Community College. She formerly worked with the local Chamber of Commerce and was an on-air personality for a morning radio show. Paige coordinates all of the law firm’s and its sister companies’ marketing needs and philanthropic projects. Paige manages the firm’s social media presence and oversees the operations of the law firm’s sister companies. Paige is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, one in college and one toddler. Paige enjoys reading and crafting.  She is a talented singer and gifted songwriter.

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Doug Ward 
Goodwill Ambassador

Doug Ward is a retired insurance adjuster with more than forty years of experience.  Mr. Ward is former United States Army Ranger who served during the Korean War.  He studied law at LaSalle Extension Services based in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Ward has attended numerous schools and seminars on personal, injury, property damage, arson and accident reconstruction.  He keeps busy serving at the firm’s ambassador of good will and handyman.

 

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Rhea Clift 
Attorney

Attorney Rhea Clift is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and Fine Arts.  She is also a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at The University of Memphis. Ms. Clift is a Prosecutor for the City of Bartlett after nine years at the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Shakespeare Company and is currently President of St. George’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King.

Ms. Clift has served several terms on the Board of Directors of The Junior League of Memphis and the Vestry of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Germantown, TN.

She is an animal lover, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Her areas of practice include civil litigation, wrongful death, personal injury and family law.

 

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Jordan Rogers
Attorney

Jordan Rogers is an associate attorney with the firm.  He is a graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. Jordan also received his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from the University of Memphis as well.  During law school Jordan was recognized with a Dean’s Award for his writing skills and clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Childers, Judge Shelby County Circuit Court, Division IV.  
 
Jordan enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing, baseball, target shooting and most any kind of sports  
 
Jordan’s areas of practice are family law, probate, civil litigation, business law and property and real estate issues.

 

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Shirley Ward
Paralegal & Office Manager

Shirley Ward attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and the National Institute for Paralegal Arts and Sciences. Ms. Ward serves as Paralegal and Office Manager. Ms. Ward was elected twice as the President of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. Ms. Ward served as the National Campaign Chairman for the National Federation of Republican Women. She has served on the National Nominating Committee for the National Federation of Republican Women. She currently serves as the state Campaign Chairman and Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. She has served as the President of the Tipton County Republican Women where she was named Republican Women of the Year. She served as Co-Chairman for Bush/Cheney 2000 and 2004. Ms. Ward has served as County Chairman for a number Gubernatorial, Senate, Congressional and State House candidates. Ms. Ward is the past Co-Chairman of the Tipton County Republican Party and the 8th Congressional District Republican Coalition.

Ms. Ward was in the first graduating class of the Volunteer State Excellence in Public Service Series and later served on its Advisory Board. She has served on the Board of the Tipton County Chamber of Commerce where she was named Director of the Year for two consecutive years, and the President of the Tipton County Board for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Ms. Ward is the Past President of the Covington Exchange Club, the Past President of the Tipton County Business and Professional Woman and the Past President of the South Tipton Business Club.

 

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Kristin Johnson, PhD,, NCSP
Consultant, Doctor of School Psychology

 

Dr. Kristin Johnson holds a PhD in School Psychology, is a nationally accredited School Psychologist and is the co-owner of TIER which serves as experts and consultants related to the assessment and instruction for both children with and without special needs or disabilities.  Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor’s degree and Specialist in School Psychology from Nicholls State University. She received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Her company TIER provides school districts, government education agencies, institutions of higher learning, non-governmental educational organizations and parents services and products to build their capacity to meet the needs of children.  Dr. Johnson is nationally recognized as a leader in this field from her publications, her peer-reviewed national, state and regional presentations and the instructions she has provided to educational professionals across the country.  Ensuring children with special needs and disabilities are afforded all of the opportunities and tools allowed within state and federal law is a growing area of the law.  Dr. Johnson will be a great asset to the Ward Law Firm.  You can learn more about Johnson and her company by visiting her website, www.evidencebasedreform.com.

 

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Lee Ann Jones
Paralegal

Lee Ann Jones has a Certification in Paralegal studies and loves dealing with the public.  She has nearly twenty years working in the legal field in Shelby and Tipton County.  Lee Ann is an avid football fan and animal lover.  She works with animal rescue organizations in West Tennessee.  Lee Ann is married and she and her husband have a total of four college age children.

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John Evans
Chief Investigator

John Evans serves as the firm’s Chief Investigator.  He is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and has more than ten years of experience in security and investigations.  John is recognized as a firearms expert with twenty five years in the firearm business.  John is involved in state and national issues related to the 2nd Amendment.  He serves as Co-Chairman of the Tipton County Friends of the NRA, is a motorcycle enthusiasts and donates his time to philanthropic endeavors for veterans and law enforcement groups.  John enjoys hunting, camping and generally any outdoor activity.

 

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