Christopher J. Latimer


Chris represents governmental entities, corporate entities, and insurance companies and their insureds in litigated matters and also advises those entities how to avoid litigation.  His practice focuses on the defense of premises liability, governmental liability, motor vehicle, and other tort and commercial claims in Mississippi and Alabama.  Chris has tried numerous cases to successful jury verdicts in both states.  Chris also serves as general counsel for the City of Starkville, Mississippi and as corporate counsel to various businesses and individuals.  Before becoming a lawyer, Chris was a sportscaster for six years at WCBI-TV (CBS) in Columbus, Mississippi.



  • University of Mississippi, B.A. cum laude, 1995
  • University of Georgia School of Law – Juris Doctor, 2004


  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Young Lawyers of the Mississippi Bar
  • Mississippi Bar Commissioner – 2016 – Present
  • Mississippi Young Lawyers Division 2007-2010
  • Golden Triangle Affiliate President 2007-2009
  • State Chair of Local Affiliates 2009-2010
  • State Co-Chair Disaster Legal Services Committee 2008-2009
  • Selection Committee – Board of Bar Commissioners 16th Judicial District 2009-2010
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association


  • “Law of Executive Session”  MS Municipal Lawyers Annual Newsletter, 2010
  • “Are Mississippi’s Caps on Non-Economic Damages Constitutional?” Mississippi Defense Lawyers/Claims Adjusters Joint Statewide Meeting, October 2008
  • Employment Law – Current Trends and Hot Topics, Columbus/Lowndes County LINK Breakfast,August 2008
  • Trust Between Employees and Employers in the Development of Workplace Law Community Relations Association Supervisory Leadership Series, Tupelo, MS, June 2006
  • “Tort Reform – Don’t Forget Venue,” Golden Triangle Business Breakfast, Starkville, MS, July 2005
  • “Advocacy in an Atmosphere of Violence” – Mississippi Litigation Summer 2014 Newsletter

Previous Employment

  • Sports Director, Anchor, Reporter– WCBI-TV (CBS Affliliate), Columbus, Mississippi (August 1995-July 2001)

Court Admissions

  • All state and federal courts in Mississippi and Alabama
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Annunciation Catholic School Board Member – Term 2015-2016
  • Starkville/Oktibbeha County Forum Leadership Class 2007-2008
  • Columbus Rotary Club  2005-2016, President 2011-2012, “Paul Harris Fellow”
  • Oxford Rotary Club – 2016 – Present
  • Lowndes County United Way 2005-2007
  • Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity 2004-2005
  • Oxford University Methodist Church

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • Alabama


  • 2004 (Mississippi); 2005 (Alabama)