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Adams and Reese’s Jackson office will have a new leader as Scott Jones has been named Partner in Charge, as announced by the firm’s managing partner Gif Thornton.

The move comes in conjunction with the designation of former Jackson Partner in Charge Phil Buffington as Adams and Reese’s leader for the banking and financial services practice team.

Jones joined Adams and Reese in 2008 and practices primarily in the areas of financial services, construction and hospitality. He regularly advises banks across the country regarding treasury management agreements and practices. Jones also represents numerous banks and developers regarding hotel developments and lending agreements. Additionally, he regularly advises business owners, school districts, municipalities and contractors in construction matters, including deal negotiations and disputes.

Before attending law school, Jones was a pricing and revenue analyst in the technology sector of a Fortune 500 company. Jones is involved with the Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors, the Mississippi Bankers Association and the Mississippi Economics Counsel. He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Mississippi, serves as Clerk of Sessions at Highland Presbyterian Church and sits on the board of directors for Reformed University Fellowship-Midsouth, which covers West Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Buffington had served as Partner in Charge of the Jackson office since 2013 and has served as co-leader of the banking and financial services team. For more than 30 years, Buffington has served as a trusted advisor to community, regional and national financial institutions, and routinely helps these institutions assess and analyze regulatory and litigation risks.

He will remain active in the community as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Economic Council and as chairman elect of the Madison County Business League and Foundation, among other positions.