Welcome to the website of the Office of General Counsel. This website offers information about our office and various legal issues of interest and importance to the University community. All Mississippi State University personnel are encouraged to contact us for assistance on matters affecting the University. The Trademark and Licensing Office is also a part of the Office of General Counsel.

Learn more about Trademark Licensing


The Mississippi State University Office of General Counsel represents Mississippi State University (MSU) and advises its President, Vice Presidents and other administrators on legal issues affecting the University and its operation. In litigation or other court proceedings of state-wide interest, the State of Mississippi Attorney General’s Office takes the lead, with the assistance of the General Counsel, in representing MSU.

The Office of General Counsel analyzes legal implications in policy decisions as they relate to federal and state laws and regulations, and policies of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The goal of the office is to provide timely, accurate, and professional legal advice to MSU to accomplish what is often referred to as preventive law.

The Office of General Counsel does not represent students, faculty, or staff except when, as employees, they are named as defendants in litigation for alleged actions in the course and scope of their employment.