About Us

Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott & Nowak, LLP is a nationally recognized, full service civil law firm representing individuals, businesses and governmental entities for over 40 years.


front desk person_shadowSmith Phillips provides top-quality experience, integrity and results for its individual and corporate clients.  The firm is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded, and is included in the national and international Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Founded in 1974 by Briggs Smith and Richard Phillips, Smith Phillips has provided a full range of legal services since its inception.

In 1993, the firm merged with Wilroy, Scott and Rutherford, an established DeSoto County, Mississippi firm that traces its roots to the early 1900’s. Smith Phillips Mitchell Scott & Nowak now consists of nine attorneys and a large staff of lay personnel operating from offices in Batesville and Hernando, Mississippi.

Smith Phillips handles a full range of legal services including business and individual litigation, nationwide class actions, insurance litigation, eminent domain and land use litigation, serious personal injury litigation (Plaintiffs and Defendants), and other civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Smith Phillips also represents state and national corporate clients in their general corporate business, real estate and other legal matters.

The firm represents a number of governmental entities, including cities and counties.

After over 25 years’ experience as City Attorneys, the firm is representing, with increasing frequency, governmental entities as Plaintiffs in litigation arising from the numerous matters facing cities, counties and state governmental bodies today.

Principals in the firm have held state and national positions in professional organizations including, among others, The Mississippi Bar, the Lamar Order, Associations for Justice, and others.  Smith Phillips partners are included in The Best Lawyers in America (Richard Phillips, Paul Scott and Anthony Nowak), Mid South SuperLawyers (Richard Phillips), and Owners Counsel of America (Paul Scott), and have results among the National Law Journal 100 Top Verdicts in America.