Joy Lambert Phillips is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Hancock Holding Company in Gulfport, MS. As General Counsel, she practices primarily in the field of commercial and banking law, but also serves as part of the Company’s executive management team. Ms. Phillips served as the Mississippi Bar President for 2005 to 2006. She currently serves on and is a former Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Commission, which was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court. In 2010 she received the Chief Justice award for her work on the Access to Justice Commission. She is a former Board member of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and co-chaired its annual fundraiser in 2011. In 2013, she received the Mississippi Center for Justice’s award as a “Champion of Justice.”
Ms. Phillips was editor of “A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Mississippi”, published by the Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Women in Law Committee. She is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She received the 2011 Law Alumni of the Year award from the Law Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association.
Additionally, Ms. Phillips is a member and former Chair of the Bank Attorney Committee of the Mississippi Bankers Association. She is also immediate Past Chair of the American Bankers Association’s General Counsel Committee. She has co-authored a chapter in “Foreclosure Law in Mississippi”, published by the University of Mississippi. Ms. Phillips received her B.A. and J.D., with honors from the University of Mississippi. She also completed a three year program at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, receiving a certificate of completion with highest honors.