Donna M. Barnes Judge
Cory T. Wilson
District 3, Position 2

Judge Cory T. Wilson joined the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Feb. 15, 2019. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Judge Wilson to the vacancy created when Judge T. Kenneth Griffis was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Judge Wilson served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from January 2016 to February 2019. He served House District 73, representing part of Madison County. He resigned the House seat on Feb. 14, 2019, to accept the Governor’s appointment to the Court of Appeals.

From 2014 to 2015, Wilson served as senior adviser and counsel to State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and had a part-time private law practice. He was chief of staff to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann from 2008 to 2011, managing day to day operations and facilitating policymaking in elections administration, securities and charities regulation, and reform of LLC and business laws, administrative procedures, and public lands. In October 2008, Wilson staffed five Secretaries of State from around the country on a trip to bases in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany to study military voting procedures.

From 2005 to 2006, Wilson served as a White House Fellow, and was placed in the Department of Defense as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. During the White House Fellowship, he traveled on policy related trips across the United States, Europe, North Africa and Latin America.

Wilson's law practice included business, commercial and construction litigation, elections law and appellate practice in state and federal courts. He practiced at the firm of Jernigan Copeland Attorneys, PLLC, in Ridgeland from 2016 until his appointment to the Court of Appeals. Before joining Jernigan Copeland, Wilson established and managed the Jackson office of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, expanding the firm from offices on the Gulf Coast. Prior to his work with the Secretary of State's office, Wilson was an equity partner in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP. He began law practice with Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A. in 1996.

Judge Wilson is a native of Moss Point. He graduated from Moss Point High School in 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, in economics from the University of Mississippi School of Business in 1992. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1995. He served as a law clerk to Judge Emmett R. Cox of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Wilson is a member of The Mississippi Bar and the Madison County Bar Association. Among other civic activities, he served as chair of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, was active in the Madison County Business League & Foundation, and served on the board of directors of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.

Judge Wilson and his wife, Stephanie, have one son. They live near Flora and attend Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland.