Halbert E. Dockins Jr., Senior Partner


Twitter: @haldockins


Halbert E. Dockins Jr. has practiced law in the state of Mississippi since 1983 and in  the state of Tennessee since 2002.  Upon graduating from Mississippi College School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, Mr. Dockins began his first partnership with Hinds County, Mississippi Chancellor Patricia D. Wise.  After Judge Wise took the bench, Mr. Dockins formed Dockins & Sweet, P.A., with Dennis C. Sweet, III, and later Langston Frazer Dockins & Sweet.  Attorney Dockins also served children and the indigent for seven years as a trial attorney with the Public Defender's Office in Jackson, Mississippi.  He later headed his own firm, The Law Offices of Halbert E. Dockins, Jr., until partnering with Ellie F. Turnage and Earle S. Banks to form Dockins Turnage & Banks, PLLC.


Mr. Dockins is a member of many professional and civic organizations including the National Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers, and Amnesty International.  He is a charter member of the Mississippi Attorneys for Constitutional Justice, a charter member of the Jackson Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and a lifelong member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  In 1997, Mr. Dockins was named Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi College School of Law National Alumni Association.  That same year, he was invited to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an international association of attorneys earning verdicts or settlements of One Million Dollars or more.  He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi and Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 1999 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Dockins' firms have obtained numerous mulit-million dollar verdicts and settlements including the $500,000,000 jury verdict in Gulf National Life v. Loewen, which remains the largest jury verdict in the history of the state of Mississippi, and is believed to be one of the top three verdicts awarded to an individual plaintiff in U.S. history.


Although his schedule is very demanding, Mr. Dockins finds the time to mentor minority law students and coach young athletes at the YMCA in Jackson, Mississippi as well as volunteer for numerous political campaigns.  Mr. Dockins' achievements have been recognized by several notable magazines including The New Yorker and The Mississippi Lawyer. 





Dockins Turnage & Banks, PLLC

6520 Dogwood View Pkwy, Suite B

Jackson, Mississippi 39213

P.O. Box 3056

Memphis, Tennessee  38173

601-713-2223    Office Phone
601-713-2225    Office Fax

800-973-2221    Toll Free No.

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Earle Banks
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