Luther T. Munford

Luther litigates cases for the Jackson, Mississippi office of Phelps Dunbar LLP. Appeals dominate his docket. A former U.S. Supreme Court clerk, he has appeared in the Fifth, Second, and Eighth federal circuits as well as in the Mississippi and Florida state appellate courts. He also represents lawyers in malpractice and bar discipline cases, as well as a variety of news media clients. He teaches appellate practice on an adjunct basis at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson. His article, The Peacemaker Test: How to Enforce Legal Rights While Reducing Litigation Warfare, will be published in the spring 2007 edition of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Professional Licenses

Admitted to the Bar: Mississippi, 1976; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1984; U.S. Supreme Court.

Memberships, Honors, Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • American Law Institute
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Member and Former President
  • Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1992-1998
  • Lawyer Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1986-2003
  • American Inn of Court, Charles Clark Chapter, Bencher
  • Princeton University Alumni Council, Chair 1995-1997
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics
  • He is also listed as a leading litigation lawyer in Mississippi by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Super lawyers.


Princeton University (AB – 1971); Oxford University (BA – 1973); University of Virginia (JD – 1976)


Office located in Jackson, Mississippi

Areas of Concentration

Contract (Other Than Consumer, Construction, and Employment), Insurance, Lease, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Property Damage, Toxic Tort, Rescission of Sale, Warranty Issues, Construction Disputes, Defective Premises, Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Employee Disputes, Retaliation, Workers’ Compensation/LHWCA

CLE and Teaching

Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, Appellate Practice and Procedure.

Client Matters

Affholder v. Southern Rock, Inc., 746 F.2d 305 (5th Cir. 1984)(represented appellant in opposition to motion for penalty; Fifth Circuit went en banc on its own motion and held Mississippi appeal penalty did not apply in diversity case), followed in Burlington Northern Railroad Co. v. Woods, 400 U.S. 1 (1987).

McDermott Int’l v. Lloyds of London, 120 F.3d 583 (5th Cir. 1997)(appellee; court affirmed confirmation of arbitral award and held London policy not subject to Louisiana anti-arbitration statute).

Whitehead v. Kmart, 277 F.3d 791 (5th Cir. 2002)(appellant; reversed Rule 11 sanctions award against client); reversed en banc, 332 F.3d 796 (5th Cir. 2003)(sanctions reinstated).

Armistead v. Minor, 815 So.2d 1189 (Miss. 2002)(appellee; affirmed summary judgment dismissing libel claims on ground of substantial truth).

Titan Insurance Co. v. Hood, 895 So.2d 138 (Miss. 2004)(appellant; court reversed $82.5 million breach of contract and punitive damages judgment and remanded because forum clause required litigation in Texas).