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John Booth Farese - Ashland, MS

122 Church Avenue Ashland, MS 38603

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Updated: 11/29/2023

Ashland Criminal Defense Lawyer

About John Booth Farese

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Year Joined Firm

  • 1969

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Benton County Board of Supervisors, Ashland, Mississippi
  • Contract Fabricators, Inc., Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • First National Bank of Ashland, Mississippi
  • Gentry Gallery, Inc., Ripley, Mississippi
  • Torque Converters, Inc., Ashland, Mississippi
  • Town of Ashland, Mississippi


Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Governor's Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 1976 - 1978 (Chairman)
  • Mississippi Bar Association, 1969 - Present (Member)
  • Third Circuit Bar Association (Past President)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (Member)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Committee on Products Liability)
  • American Association for Justice (Member)
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, 1972 - 1980 (Member)
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, 1976 - 1979 (Member, Executive Committee)
  • Mississippi Security and Privacy Commission, 1976 (Member)
  • Mississippi Criminal Justice Standards and Goals Commission, 1975 - 1976 (Member)
  • Mississippi Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • National District Attorneys Association, 1972 - 1980 (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1969 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 1969 - 1977 (Member)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) (Member)
  • Lamar Society of International Law (Member)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Member)
  • Create Foundation (Member)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Past Member, Board of Governors)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Past Member, Products Liability Committee)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Past Chairman, Technology Committee)
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Past Member)
  • Mississippi Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (Past Member)
  • Lamar Society of International Law (Past Member)
  • Benton County Board of Supervisors, 1981 - Present (Attorney)

Classes and Seminars

  • Use Caution While Handling a (Hired) Gun - Techniques for Direct and Cross Examination of Experts, Mississippi Bar Association - Summer School for Lawyers (2005)
  • Trial Skills, on subject of Computer-Generated Evidence & Simulations; Admissibility Issues; and Presenting Paperless Evidence,, February 23, 2001
  • Preparing For A Computer Trial and A Comprehensive Look At Courtroom Technology, November 25, 2000 - November 26, 2000
  • Litigating With Facts, Mississippi Professional Investigators Association - Tupelo, MS (May 2008)
  • Tort Law Update: Handling An Automobile Claim and Check List for Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Update, Jackson, Mississippi (June 1997)
  • Presentation of Interaction Between Plaintiff's Attorney and The Paralegal, Mississippi Bar Association: MALA (June 1997)
  • Multi-Media Trial Presentation System, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education Technology Solutions - Mississippi (1997)
  • New Technology in Preparing and Trying Crash worthiness Cases, AIEG Auto Focus - Phoenix Arizona (October 1996)
  • The Litigator's Tool Box: Multi-Medial Presentation of Evidence, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education and the Mississippi Judicial College - Jackson Mississippi (September 2006)
  • Auto Torts Seminar: Client Intake, Pretrial Investigation, Filing The Complaint, Motion Practice, Plaintiff's Case in Chief, What Should I save For Rebuttal, UMBI Insurance Update - Biloxi, Mississippi (June 1996)
  • Illegal Practice of Law, Mississippi Association of Legal Assistants (June 1996)
  • Explaining UM Coverage and Stacking of Insurance, and Ethical Considerations for the Auto Litigator,
  • Demonstrative Evidence, Memphis Bar Association
  • How to Try a Wreck Case, Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom, University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • How to Make More Money, Improve Your Image and Reduce Stress, UM Law Alumni CLE, 2007
  • A Workshop on Practical Ideas and Tips How to Be a Better Lawyer and Make More Money with Less Stress, UM Continuing Legal Education Spring Seminar, 2008
  • Improving Our Reputation and Giving Back to the Community, Mississippi Association for Justice Memphis Seminar

Past Positions

  • Benton County, Attorney, 1972 - 1980
  • Benton County, Attorney, 1990 - 1994
  • Benton County Board of Education, Attorney, 1981 - 1986
  • Towns of Walnut, Myrtle, Blue Mountain, Hickory Flat, and Ashland, MS, Past Attorney
  • U. S. Army Reserve, 1963 - 1969


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, 1969
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, 1966
    Major: Psychology (Baseball, Basketball and Track)

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Sigma Nu



  • Regions Bank, Ashland, MS 38603
  • American Express
  • Merchants and Farmers Bank, Ashland, MS
  • The Peoples Bank, Ripley, MS
  • CopyFax, Memphis, Tennessee


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


122 Church Avenue Ashland, MS 38603


  • 662-224-3229


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  • 2006 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

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