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Christopher C. Van Cleave

Christopher C. Van Cleave is one of our partners and a superb trial attorney. Christopher has obtained numerous court judgments and out-of-court settlements for clients in excess of one million dollars. Christopher and his wife, the former Kelly Ann Beard, are the proud parents of three children.


Admitted to practice

  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


Professional memberships

  • Mississippi Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 2002-present)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association

Professional outreach

  • Guest commentator on We the People and Law Call television programs
  • Speaker for numerous continuing legal education programs, including those put on by the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Appointed by Mississippi Secretary of State to serve on the Business Court Study Group (considering establishment of a Business Court in Mississippi)

Community activities

  • Participant in “Lawyers in Every Classroom,” sponsored by the Mississippi Bar
  • Frequent Judge for Mississippi College School of Law appellate advocacy competitions
  • George Ohr Museum of Art
  • National Commodore Club
  • Gulf Coast Carnival Association
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Member of the Board, Coast Episcopal School

Areas of practice

  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • American Associations for Justice
  • Mississippi Assocation for Justice
  • Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability
  • Mississippi Bar
  • ABA Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice