Jay Paul Carmean



Jay Paul Carmean has over 15 years of experience representing criminal defendants and injured parties in Oxford and Lafayette County, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999, Jay served as a law clerk for Presiding Justice C.R. “Chuck” McRae of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Jay then worked for Tollison Law Firm, P.A. in Oxford for four years, returning to the firm he had clerked for while in law school. While there, Jay was made a partner in the firm. In January of 2004, Jay joined Rhea Tannehill, Jr. to form Tannehill & Carmean, PLLC. In 2011, Matt McKenzie was named partner and the firm name changed to Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie.

Jay has been voted by his peers to receive a AV Peer Review rating for high to very high legal ability and very high ethical standards. An AV® Peer Review Rating is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics. Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie was voted the Top Law Firm in Oxford for the past 7 yeas and in each year Jay was also voted as one of the “top 3 favorite attorneys” in Oxford. Jay’s area of practice includes criminal defense (misdemeanor and felony) serious personal injury and wrongful death.

Jay is the Past President of the Lafayette County Bar Association and currently serves on the Mississippi Association for Justice’s Leader’s Forum. He previously served eight years on the MAJ Board of Governors, an elected position. In 2006 he was elected in a state-wide election to serve on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division. He also holds a seat on the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Law School Relations Board and participates annually in the Lawyer in Every Classroom Program and the Mississippi High School Mock Trial Competition as a judge. Jay was the youngest member of the Mississippi Bar ever appointed to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions. As a member for two terms, Jay drafted the criminal law, constitutional law and torts portions of the Mississippi Bar Exam. In 2010, Jay was appointed by the Mississippi Bar Association to serve a two year term on the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Board of Directors, with involvement with the Union Bargaining Committee. The NMRLS provides pro bono legal assistance to those that cannot afford it.

Locally, Jay served for six (6) years on Oxford Planning Commission with the last four coming as Chairman, has served on the United Way Distribution Committee, is Past President of the Lafayette County Oxford Ole Miss Alumni Association and is a graduate of the Leadership Lafayette program.

Jay, originally from Caruthersville, Missouri, is married to the former Wendy Chambers of Oxford, Mississippi. Wendy is also an Ole Miss graduate and wors for the University of Mississippi as a Human Resources Project Coordinator for the RebelWell Program. They are the proud parents of identical twin girls, Jane Reeves and Evelyn Rose, born on May 10th, 2006.

Fees: Retainer (always)

Payment types: Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info
Tannehilll Carmean & Mckenzie PLLC829 N Lamar Blvd Ste 1
Oxford, MS, 38655-2858

Office (662) 638-0937
Fax (662) 234-3949

License
State Status Acquired Updated
MS Authorized to practice law 1999 07/18/2016

Awards
Award name Grantor Date granted
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 7th Straight Year The Oxford Town 2016
Top Attorney Criminal Defense Avvo 2015
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 6th Straight Year The Oxford Town 2015
AV Preeminent Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 5th Straight Year The Oxford Town 2014
Oxford’s Top 3 Favorite Attorneys The Local Voice 2014
Voted one of Oxford’s Top 3 Favorite Attorneys The Local Voice 2013
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 4th Straight Year The Oxford Town 2013
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 3rd Straight Year The Oxford Town 2012
Selected As A Tier 1 Law Firm In The Area of Personal Injury U.S. News & World Reports 2012
Oxford’s Top 3 Favorite Attorneys The Local Voice 2011
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford – 2nd Year in a Row The Oxford Town 2011
Oxford’s Top 3 Favorite Attorneys The Local Voice 2010
Voted Best Law Firm in Oxford The Oxford Town 2010
Directory of Distinguished Attorneys Martindale-Hubbell 2010
Oxford’s Top 3 Favorite Attorneys The Local Voice 2009
Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division Post MS Bar 2006

Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Partner Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie, PLLC 2004 – Present
Partnter Tollison Law Firm 2000 – 2004
Judicial Law Clerk MS Supreme Court 1999 – 2000

Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
University of Mississippi School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1999
University of Mississippi School of Law Journalism and Mass Communication BA – Bachelor of Arts 1996

Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Professor Ronald J. Rychlak’s Criminal Law Class The Practical Aspects of Criminal Law 2015
Univeristy of Mississippi Dangers of Drinking and Driving 2013
Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Summer Institute Carmean to speak to prospective law students 2013
University of Mississippi 2-Strike Program at Ole MIss 2012
University of MIssissippi Preparing for the LSAT 2012
MAJ Student Conference Ethics for attorneys 2012
“A Day in Trial” Masters in Action Trial Seminar 2009
Mississippi Law Update Criminal Law Update 2004

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