Joe Nosef was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1996. His experience and practice range from government relations with executive branch matters and agencies as well as legislative matters, to the areas of public finance to corporate, tax, wills, trusts, and estates. He has also been actively involved in State of Mississippi Economic Development, as well as legal, compliance and management for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Projects for the past ten years, including Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery. 

Joe served as Chief Counsel to Governor Haley Barbour from 2004 until 2006 when Governor Barbour named Joe Campaign Manager for his re-election campaign. After Governor Barbour’s successful re-election, Joe served as Chief of Staff for then Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant during 2008. In 2011, Joe served as Chairman of the successful Phil Bryant Campaign for Governor, and then was named Executive Director of the Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Transition.

In January of 2012, the Mississippi Republican Party State Executive Committee unanimously elected Joe to serve as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, and he then was reelected for a full term at the MSGOP State Convention in May of 2012 and again in May of 2016. In January of 2017, Joe was unanimously elected to lead the Southern Region of the Republican National Committee (RNC) serving as one of eight Vice-Chairmen of the RNC, and he is a frequent guest on several national political television programs. 

Joe is involved in many community organizations and has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the state of Mississippi and to the The Best Lawyers in America, 2018, Government Relations Practice.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Top 50 Most Influential People in State of Mississippi (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2018-24, Government Relations Practice)
  • Mississippi Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" Businessmen in Mississippi (2001)
  • Mississippi Economic Council's Leadership Mississippi Program (1999)
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, Student Body President
  • American Jurisprudence awards
  • Moot Court Board
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Community & Professional

  • Ballet Mississippi Board of Directors, Former Member 
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Hinds County Economic Development District (2001-03, Board of Trustees)
  • Jackson Young Lawyers, Former Board Member
  • Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Effectiveness and Efficiency in Government
  • Marsha Barbour Community Center, Former Board Member
  • Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund, Officer and Outside Counsel
  • The Mississippi Bar (Young Lawyer's Division, Former Board Member)
  • Metro Salvation Army Advisory Board, Former Member 
  • Metro YMCA Former Board Member
  • SafeCity Board of Directors, Former Member
  • St. Richard Catholic Church
  • Hinds County Republican Party (Executive Committee, 2000-present)
  • Mississippi Republican Party State Executive Committee, Member
  • Mississippi Republican Party State Central Committee, Member 
  • Chairman, Mississippi Republican Party (January 2012-October 2017)
  • Member, Republican National Committee (January 2012-October 2017)
  • Vice Chairman, Republican National Committee, Southern Region


Master of Laws (Taxation): University of Florida, Levin College of Law, with honors, 1996

Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, magna cum laude, 1995  

Master's Degree: Accounting, with a Tax Emphasis, University of Mississippi, 1994

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting, University of Mississippi, 1991