Gerald Waltman III

Gerald Waltman III, known to his friends and colleagues as Jess, grew up in Quitman, Mississippi, where he graduated with highest honors from Quitman High School in 2009.

In 2013, Jess graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. During his undergraduate tenure, Jess served as an Ole Miss Ambassador and Orientation leader. In his senior year, Jess was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame.

He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2016 and was awarded the Robert C. Khayat Award for Outstanding Service to the Mississippi Law Journal and the 2016 Outstanding Law Student Award. While in law school, Jess served as president of the Law School Student Body Association, as a member of the Mississippi Law Journal executive board, and as editor-in-chief of the UM Business Law Newsletter. He was also involved with the School of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative, Trial Advocacy Board, and Dean’s Leadership Council.

Jess is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi and before the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Mississippi Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Jess is active with the Harrison County Bar Association and serves as the president of the Harrison County Young Lawyers Association and as a board member for the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division.



  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Products Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • The Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • The Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 2016
  • University of Mississippi, Patterson School of Accountancy, Bachelor of Accountancy, Cum Laude, 2013
  • University of Mississippi Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, 2013
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • University of Mississippi Hall of Fame
  • Robert C. Khayat Award for Outstanding Service to the Mississippi Law Journal, 2016
  • University of Mississippi Outstanding Law Student Award, 2016
  • Law School Student Body Association, University of Mississippi: President (2015-2016); Treasurer (2014-2015); Senator (2013-2014)
  • The Mississippi Law Journal: Executive Online Editor (2015-2016); Alumni Coordinator (2015-2016); Peer Review Editor (2015-2016); Staff Editor (2014-2015)
  • UM Business Law Newsletter: Editor-in-Chief (2015-2016); Staff Editor (2014-2015)
  • Outstanding Student Award – Advanced Legal Writing – Spring 2016
  • Outstanding Student Award – Municipal Law Practice – Spring 2015
  • Campbell Delong Trial Advocacy Competition Champion – Spring 2014
  • Copeland, Cook, Taylor, & Bush Moot Court Competition “Top Sixteen” – Spring 2014
  • Louisiana State Bar Association: Member in Good Standing (October 2016-Present)
  • Mississippi Bar Association: Member in Good Standing (April 2017-Present)
  • Mississippi Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Member, Board of Directors (August 2017-Present)
  • Harrison County Bar Association: Member (August 2017-Present)
  • Harrison County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: President (August 2017-Present)
  • Mississippi Association for Justice: Member (2016-Present)
  • American Association for Justice: Member (2016-Present)
  • American Bar Association: Member (2016-Present)

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