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Powell G. Ogletree, Jr.

Forestry Team Leader
  • P 601.292.0740
    F 601.355.9708

Powell “Gee” Ogletree, Jr., joined Adams and Reese in 1997. He coordinates the firm’s real estate work throughout Mississippi. He practices primarily in the areas of real estate, title insurance, economic development, forestry, natural resources, zoning, environmental and business matters. He is the founding partner and leader of the firm-wide Forestry team.

Gee has a diverse knowledge of and practical experience in real estate, finance and development. His knowledge of forestry law from the perspective of industry, TIMOs, private landowners, harvesters and others earned him a national reputation. He has published articles and spoken before bar, civic and public groups concerning real estate, title insurance, timber, water, agriculture, environmental issues and litigation.

His significant contributions include:

  • Negotiating and closing industrial, commercial and other real estate transactions including economic development financial incentives (including the Tanger Outlet Mall in Southaven, Mississippi), the financing and development of industrial facilities (including Tier 1 Nissan suppliers in Canton, Mississippi and shipyards in Gulfport, Mississippi), the sale, purchase and development of shopping centers (including centers in Gulfport, Jackson, Meridian and Vicksburg Mississippi), tenant leases (including DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, Lamar, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison, Rankin, and Warren Counties, Mississippi); purchase, development and construction financing of commercial properties (including DeSoto, Forrest, Hinds, Lamar, Madison and Rankin Counties) and state law regulatory compliance and title insurance (including the Gulf LNG plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi).
  • Representing lenders in commercial and industrial transactions across the State of Mississippi.
  • Representing buyers, sellers and lenders in large forestry or agricultural transactions, including timberland sales, wood product sales and associated fiber supply agreements across the United States in transactions involving up to 460,000 acres.
  • Representing owners and lenders of wetlands mitigation banks in Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.
  • Advising clients concerning natural resource and conservation issues, including resource preservation and conservation, conservation easements, endangered species, hunting and fishing leases, water rights, wetlands and oil, gas and energy.
  • Counseling clients on green and sustainable forestry matters, including biofuels facilities and contracts, wind and solar energy leases, conservation and forest legacy easements and sustainable forestry certifications and audits.
  • Representing owners, lenders and others in real estate disputes involving zoning, title, easements, access, water, eminent domain and environmental issues.

As a title insurance agent on real estate transactions on behalf of several national title insurance companies, Gee provides advice and title insurance services arising from the acquisition, development and financing of real property. He was instrumental in coordinating the title insurance review of title commitments for the sale of approximately three million acres in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee as a part of a larger transaction across 17 states.

Gee is active in the American Bar Association, having served on the Council of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, and having served two terms as Chair of the Forest Resources Committee that included development of a forestry educational tool for classroom teaching. He is general counsel for the Mississippi Forestry Association and the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association. He is also an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, teaching Real Estate Finance and Development.

Gee has been active in the firm’s management. He previously served as Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee, practice group leader (for Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services) and as Partner In Charge (Jackson office). His close relationship with professionals across the firm’s footprint allows him to quickly create teams to address multi-disciplinary and multi-state issues.

In his free time, Gee enjoys running, hiking, rafting and spending time with his wife and two grown daughters and their families. In 2008, he and his wife, Holly, completed the Chicago Marathon. In 2014, he and a friend hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim.