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 courts in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi; all 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, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. Jess is active with the Harrison County Bar Association and serves as the president of the Harrison County Young Lawyers Association. He is also a board member for the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division and an officer with the Mississippi Association for Justice New Lawyers Division.