Prior to the creation of Taggart, Rimes & Graham, Andy Taggart had maintained his own law practice for several years. He was previously a partner in the state’s largest law firm, and Chief of Staff to former Governor Kirk Fordice.
Andy’s practice is focused in the areas of business and corporate counsel, transactions and strategies; healthcare; selected litigated matters; and government, elections and political law.
He has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for twenty years.
Andy has served as Chairman of the Greater Jackson (MS) Chamber Partnership, and was named by Governor Phil Bryant as Co-Chairman of the Mississippi Department of Corrections Task Force on Contract Review and Procurement, to provide advice and recommendations for restoring public confidence and trust in the operations of state government in the wake of public corruption charges. Andy is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.
Andy is the co-author of two popular books. Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008, re-released in 2009, was first published by the University Press of Mississippi in November of 2006 and earned two literary awards in the first year of publication. His lighter book of political anecdotes, Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms, was released in November of 2008. Andy has authored or co-authored works published by The University of Mississippi Law Journal, The Mississippi Lawyer, The Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, The Journal of Mississippi History, and is a frequent contributor to business and trade periodicals.
He was elected to a term of service on the Madison County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors, beginning a four-year term in 2003. Andy was elected President of the Board in January 2007, where he served until the end of his term in early 2008.
He also served as president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance from August 2002 through October 2005. He led the company to both regional and national recognition.
Andy first commenced the practice of law in 1985. When asked to serve as chief of staff to Governor Kirk Fordice, he left his law practice in 1991 and served in that capacity until 1994 where he was instrumental in the ramp up of Mississippi’s first Republican administration in the twentieth century.
During the 1990s, Taggart taught as an adjunct professor of history and political science at Mississippi College, his undergraduate alma mater, and is often called on as a guest lecturer still.
A long-time presence in the governmental, policy, and political arenas, he served as a member of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission from 1988 to 1993; served as the executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party in 1984; and as the political director of the Mississippi Republican Party in 1980 and 1981.
Andy serves on the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College, where he is Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. Previously, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of FamilyNet, Inc., the television and radio broadcasting subsidiary of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He served four years as a gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Arts Commission.
A frequent speaker at major events, Andy has offered the Summer Commencement address at Mississippi College, and was named an Otho Smith Fellow by the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. He has been named a Leading Edge Lecturer by the Mississippi Universities Center, and was selected as Spring Commencement speaker at Belhaven College.
Andy received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Tulane University in 1984, where he served on the Senior Editorial Board of the Tulane Law Review. To study at Tulane, Andy was awarded the Hale Boggs Scholarship, a full three year scholarship awarded to the entering student with the highest overall record. A 1979 graduate of Mississippi College, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with High Honors and Distinction.
Prior to the creation of Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC, Jeff Rimes was in a private law practice. Prior to being in private practice, Jeff served as Judicial Law Clerk to Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kay B. Cobb. He also served as Vice President of Public Policy for the Mississippi Family Council, now known as the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Then, Jeff was an attorney with a large, respected local firm.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Religion at William Carey College, and his Master’s degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Mississippi College School of Law in 2000, where he served on the Board of the Mississippi College Law Review as Casenote/Comment Editor and as Vice President of the Law Student Bar Association. Jeff also received American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts I, Contracts II, Civil Procedure and Domestic Relations while attending the Mississippi College School of Law.
Jeff has experience in a wide array of litigation, in both trial and appellate matters, and has extensive experience in representing companies of all sizes, and individuals, in lawsuits. Jeff also has experience in administrative matters, such as representing clients before the Mississippi Board of Nursing, and has assisted with the formation of corporations and other types of companies. Jeff has assisted clients in a broad range of domestic and family law matters, and is experienced in the areas of wills and estates and probate matters. He also is a certified mediator and has an innovative approach to mediation. Jeff also serves as an attorney for the School Board of Greene County, Mississippi. He has served on the Board of Directors of the conference of school attorneys of the Mississippi School Board Association.
Jeff has assisted numerous non-profit organizations with formation, organization and governance matters, and he is frequently asked to lecture on issues that are unique to non-profit organizations and churches. Jeff is active in the Christian Legal Society. In 2012, Jeff was appointed by the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives to the Special Committee on Judicial Election Intervention of the Mississippi Bar. Jeff is active in the Mississippi Bar Association and the Madison County Bar Association. He also serves on the Character and Fitness Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association. Jeff is married to the former Kristen Bush, of Jackson, Mississippi.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Jeff was selected by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star in the state of Mississippi in the areas of General Litigation and Family Law. Only 7.5% percent of the lawyers in the state were selected as a Super Lawyer or a Rising Star. In 2014, Jeff was selected by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Top Ten Family Law Attorneys in Mississippi.