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Attorney Craig Panter

S. Craig Panter
Attorney at Law

  • University of Southern Mississippi (B.S., with highest honors, 1982)
  • University of Mississippi (J.D., cum laude, 1985)

Mr. Panter has been a member of the Mississippi Bar since 1985. He has a wide range of experience, with a focus on business matters, employment disputes, contract law, and land disputes.

Lawsuits can be time-consuming and costly. For this reason, Mr. Panter works hard to resolve his clients’ disputes out of court, saving them valuable time and money. He will not hesitate, however, to file a lawsuit when necessary to protect their interests.

Business clients of Mr. Panter have included healthcare providers, oil and gas companies, cosmetic and pharmaceutical manufacturers, investors, local business owners, and construction contractors.

Mr. Panter has also represented numerous employees in claims for wrongful termination, discrimination (including religious discrimination), sexual harassment, and wage and hour violations.

He is experienced in the fields of non-compete agreements and severance agreements.

In the field of civil rights, he has represented people who have been the victim of wrongful arrest, excessive use of force, denial of medical care, and First Amendment violations.

You can contact Mr. Panter directly at cpanter@craigpanterlaw.com


Attorney Richard Poole NoelRichard Poole Noel, III
Attorney at Law

  • Mississippi College (B.S., 2009)
  • Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 2012)

Mr. Noel has been practicing law since 2012. He has spent his time in a multitude of trial courts in the central Mississippi region, including chancery, circuit, county, municipal, youth, and justice courts.

In his practice, he has represented clients in hundreds of bench trials. In the first jury trial he conducted, he was able to reach a directed verdict on one count and a jury acquittal on the other count for a young man accused of crimes that could have sent him to prison for half of his life. Justice for individuals and protecting their civil rights is what drives him to fight for his clients.

Aside from litigation, Mr. Noel has had the privilege of helping many clients with transactional and business needs, providing legal advice that has saved them their time and money.

Common areas of practice include family law, criminal law, personal injury, wills, trusts, estate probate, general litigation, social security disability, and restoration of rights.


Natalie ShafferNatalie Shaffer

Natalie has over 15 years of administrative and clerical experience in the legal field. After graduating from Madonna University in 2007 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, she worked as a police dispatcher for the Department of Homeland Security and West Texas A&M University. She gained experience in the area of family law while with the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Natalie is detail-oriented and is known for her highly positive attitude and rapport with clients.

Born and raised in Michigan, Natalie moved to Mississippi where she joined Panter Law Firm, PLLC as a legal assistant in November 2018. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two children.


Catherine CookDr. M. Catherine Cook

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Catherine grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, graduating from Belhaven University in 1974. She worked in campus ministry in the Carolinas, Virginia, and central Tennessee before moving to the Boston area to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She earned Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching. Catherine went to the Green Mountains of rural Vermont after seminary and stayed for 23 ½ years, called to pastor yoked churches there. She learned to drive tractors, bale hay, and enjoyed real maple syrup and a remarkable people who have more in common with Mississippians than one might expect.

In 2014, Catherine moved home to join her sister in Jackson. Since then she has served on the staff of a local church, trained at Baptist Medical Center for chaplaincy work, served as a home hospice chaplain, and worked at a local florist and nursery. She continues to supply pulpits in central Mississippi and enjoys preaching and teaching as well as spending time with family and friends, singing, writing, cooking, gardening, and reading.

Catherine appreciates people, organization, and the need for creativity in addressing life situations in different contexts. She joined Panter Law Firm, PLLC, in January of 2021 as a receptionist and legal assistant.