Spence Flatgard has over twenty years of experience in public finance, public law, and government affairs, serving the State of Mississippi at all levels of government and his clients in private practice. He drafted Mississippi’s medical marijuana constitutional initiative which was approved by 74% of voters, the largest vote for a constitutional amendment in state history. The Mississippi Legislature subsequently enacted legislation to enact a program based upon that initiative, and for his efforts he was recognized as Mississippi’s only lawyer included in the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers. He serves as counsel for the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association.
He was appointed State Bond Attorney by Governors Phil Bryant and Haley Barbour to act as the State of Mississippi's attorney in all public finance transactions, issuing opinions for the State in over 2,500 bond matters over the past 14 years. Spence also has the benefit of practical experience in election and zoning law, serving as counsel for his county's election commission and as chairman of his city's zoning board.
He regularly advises Mississippi business, medical, and political leaders in establishing and running political action committees and tax-exempt organizations to achieve their objectives.
Spence handled Senator Roger Wicker's legislative agenda as his first Legislative Director and Appropriations Committee staff member, gaining the insight and experience to help Mississippi's companies and non-profit organizations in Washington.
Honors & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America (2022-24, Administrative/Regulatory Law; 2020-24, Government Relations Practice)
- Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers (2021-2022)
Community & Professional
- President of Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)
- 2016 Republican National Convention, Mississippi delegate
- Bully Bloc, Chairman (PAC supporting higher education in Mississippi)
- Leadership Mississippi
- First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Sunday School teacher
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1998, cum laude
Master's Degree: Public Policy and Administration: Mississippi State University, 1994
Bachelor's Degree: Bachelors of Arts: Political Science, Mississippi State University, 1992