Retired judges Vernon Cotten and Larry Roberts join firm in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation services

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Vernon Cotten and Larry Roberts join David Chandler as dispute resolution panelists
Vernon Cotten - Taggart, Rimes & Graham
Larry Roberts - Senior Counsel - Taggart, Rimes & Graham

RIDGELAND, MS – Retired circuit court judge Vernon Cotten of Carthage and retired Court of Appeals judge Larry Roberts have joined the firm of Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC as Senior Counsel, focusing their practices primarily on Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration). Having served the citizens of Leake, Scott, Newton, and Neshoba counties for 20 years, Cotten retired from his position as the Senior Circuit Judge in the Eighth Circuit Court Judicial District in May 2017. Retiring from the Court of Appeals in 2015, Roberts had also previously served in the position of circuit judge in the Tenth Circuit Court of east Mississippi.

Alternative dispute resolution in the form of mediation or arbitration can greatly speed the resolution of disputes and save money by allowing matters to be closed so business owners can move ahead with their work and individuals with their lives.

Cotten and Roberts join retired Mississippi Supreme Court justice David Chandler as seasoned professionals skilled in alternative dispute resolution, comprising a key panel of experts at Taggart, Rimes & Graham’s In addition to their service on the bench, panelists also have years of experience in navigating the legal system as attorneys.

Because of their experience, this team is well-suited to guide parties in a dispute to resolve their disagreement and reduce the risk of bad trial outcomes.


Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC provides a broad suite of legal services to clients in Mississippi. The firm’s major practice areas include corporate law and transactions, commercial real estate, commercial litigation, regulatory and government law, telecommunications, hospital and healthcare law, family law, probate and estate planning, personal and corporate defense, church and non-profit matters, ad valorem tax matters and education law as well as offering Alternative

Dispute Resolution Services in the form of mediation or arbitration. The firm is located in the Merrill Lynch building in Ridgeland, Mississippi. For more information, please visit

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