Mr. Hopkins was born in Ripley, Tippah County, Mississippi, on February 14, 1941, and grew up in Walnut, Mississippi. He presently resides in Gulfport, Mississippi. He is married to the former Ruth Boyd of Walnut, Mississippi, and they have two children, Ashley Anne and Norris. Ashley is a graduate of St. John’s High School, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Norris is a graduate of St. John’s High School, the University of Mississippi, and Mississippi College School of Law. Norris is married to Jodie Gillespie of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Mr. Hopkins graduated from Walnut Center High School in 1959. He was a four-year varsity letterman in basketball and baseball. He was president of his class as a freshman, junior, and senior; Mr. Walnut High School; and on the Honor Roll. He was chosen as an FFA Star Farmer and attained the rank of Eagle Scout with Silver Palm.
Mr. Hopkins graduated from Delta State College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and English. At Delta State, he was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball, member of the “M” Club, Debate Team, and Inter-Fraternity Council. He served as president of his social fraternity, Delta Alpha Omega and is a member of Kappa Alpha Order (Delta Beta 1964) and Irwin Province Court of Honor (1985). He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, and Pi Kappa Delta Honor Societies. Mr. Hopkins served as president of the Campus Senate, vice-president (1961-62) and president (1962-63) of the Student Government Association. He also served as Executive Councilman (1961-1962) and President (1962-1963) of the Mississippi Inter-Collegiate Council. He was chosen Mr. Delta State College and listed in
Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Mr. Hopkins graduated in 1965 from the University of Mississippi School of Law with the Degree of Juris Doctor. At the University of Mississippi School of Law, he served as President of Law II, Chairman of the Legal Research Exchange, Vice-President of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Chairman of Law School Honor Council, and President of his graduating class.
He has earned additional credits for work at the University of Mississippi, Blue Mountain College,
and William Carey College. In 1985, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from William Carey
College in Biblical Studies and has completed additional studies in Jerusalem, Israel, and with
Biblical Archaeological Society at Oxford University, Keble College and St. Edmund Hall, as well
as New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Board of Trustees of Mississippi College School of Law awarded Mr. Hopkins an Honorary
Master of Laws Degree on November 10, 2010.
In 1965, he began his legal practice in Jackson, Mississippi, with the law firm of Daniel, Coker,
and Horton. In 1970, his practice was moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, where he has resided to
present. On July 11, 1977, Mr. Hopkins began his own firm, which operates today under the
name of HOPKINS, BARVIÉ & HOPKINS, P.L.L.C.
- University of Mississippi School of Law
- Juris Doctor - 1965
- Delta State College
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and English - 1963
- William Carey College in Biblical Studies
- Bachelor of Arts Degree - 1985
- Walnut Center High School - 1959
- Hinds County Bar Association (1965-70)
- Harrison County Bar Association (1970-present)
- Mississippi Bar Association (1965-present)
- Judicial Selection Committee (1978-1979)
- Judicial Evaluation Committee (1993-1994)
- American Bar Association (1965 – present)
- Member Trial, Product Liability Section
- Federal Bar Association 1971 – 2010 (V.P. 1982-84)
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (1987-present)
- Agenda Committee, Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference (1989)
- Transportation Committee, Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference (1996-97)
- The Defense Research Institute (1974-2010)
- Area Chairman (1977-1979)
- Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (1965-2010)
- Publications Committee (1974)
- Judicial Administration and Liaison Committee (1980)
- Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel (1974-2005)
- Fellow Mississippi Bar Foundation
- Lamar Order (1984-present)
- International Association of Defense Counsel (1977-2009)
- Southeastern Admiralty Association (Port Attorney 1983-1985)
- Association of the United States Army (Life Member)
- The National Guard Association of the United States (1965-1996)
- The National Guard Association of Mississippi (1965-present)
- Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Association (2008-present)
- Oak Lawn Concert Society (2014-present)
- In 1967, Mr. Hopkins served as President of the Delta State University Greater Jackson Area
Association. He was a participant in the “Program for Excellence” at Delta State University. Mr. Hopkins served as President of Delta State Alumni Association for the State of Mississippi (1968-1969), and on the Board of Directors of Delta State University Foundation (1968-1988 and 1991-1995). He served as President of the Foundation in 1995. In 1991, he was selected as Alumnus of the Year at Delta State University for his leadership, achievement, and devotion to his chosen field of endeavor, and to Delta State University.
- In 1970, he was chosen to appear in “Outstanding Young Men of America” and listed in “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.”
- In 1971, he was elected to the Executive Counsel of Inter-Alumni Council for Institute of Higher Learning for the State of Mississippi and served as Vice-Chairman (1971-1972) and Chairman (1972-1973).
- In 1985, he was inducted into The Irwin Province Court of Honor of Kappa Alpha Order and
served as Preceptor 2006 – 2009.
- In 1990, Kappa Alpha Order, Delta Beta Chapter, dedicated “Old South 1990” to Mr. Hopkins.
- In 1996, he was chosen King d’Iberville, King of All Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Gulf Coast Carnival Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Carnival Association.
- In 2003, he was the first recipient of the Delta State University Lifetime Achievement Award.
- In 2007, he was chosen to the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame.
- In 2009, he was chosen one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and 2013 chosen to “Top Lawyers" list.
- He has for thirty years attained and retained the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards in his performance by Martindale-Hubbell.
- He is a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the York Rite, and Shrine.
- Mr. Hopkins is also a member of the Retired Officers Association;
- Reserve Officers Association;
- Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce;
- The American Legion;
- Gulfport Yacht Club;
- Windance Country Club;
- Great Southern Club, and
- Gulfport Rotary Club.
Mr. Hopkins served on the faculty of the Jackson School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi, as an
instructor from 1965 to 1969. He instructed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on
Legal Aspects Of Emergency Medicine 1969.
Lectures and papers include:
- Federation of Insurance Counsel, Acapulco, Mexico, 1975, “Executive Officer Suits
- Under the Combination Casualty Policy”
- Mississippi Trial Lawyers, Mississippi Workmen’s Compensation Seminars I, Jackson, Mississippi, Mid-Winter Meeting 1976, “Heart Cases – Procedures and Practice”; Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association Admiralty Seminar, Biloxi, Mississippi 1989, “The Defense of LHWCA Claims”
- Mississippi Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Biloxi and Tupelo 1977, “Medical
Proof in Heart Cases”
- Workmen’s Compensation Seminars II, Jackson, Mississippi, 1980, “Heart and Stroke
Cases (A How to do it Segment)”
- Mississippi State Bar, Seminar on New Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure, Biloxi and
Jackson 1981, “Motion Practice, Judgment Short of Trial”
- Louisiana Bar Association, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1982, “Comparative Negligence in
- Tulane University, Seminar on Longshore and Occupational Disease Acts; Substantive
Issues, Diagnostic Techniques and Future Legislation, 1984; “Problems with
Medical Proof in Back and Heart Cases”
- Gulf Coast Law Institute, Medical Issues in Workmen’s Compensation and Longshore
Cases, Biloxi 1985
- Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association Admiralty Seminar, “The Defense of LHWCA
Claims,” Biloxi 1989
- National Business Institute, Inc., Workers’ Compensation in Mississippi “Issues and Answers,”
- The Defense Prospective, Biloxi, 1990, 1991
Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure Seminar, Mississippi College School of
Law, Jackson, Mississippi, November, 1990
- Mississippi Trial Lawyers Seminar, “Effective Cross Examination,” Hattiesburg,
Mississippi April, 1992
- American College of International Physicians, “What Legal Courses of Action Can
International Medical Graduates Pursue with Discrimination in Licensure?”, New
Orleans, Louisiana, July, 1993
- National Business Institute, Inc., Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Mississippi
“Occupational Stress: The Two Types of Compensable Injury”, Gulfport,
Mississippi, September, 1993
- National Business Institute, Inc., Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Mississippi
“Vocational Rehabilitation: A Choice of Two Options”, Gulfport, Mississippi,
- National Business Institute, Inc., “Insurance Coverage Law in Mississippi,” Biloxi,
Mississippi, April, 1994
Professional Education Systems, Inc., “Orthopedics for Lawyers,” Gulfport, Mississippi,
- Coregis MSBA Schools Seminar, “Suit Posturing, The New Corporal Punishment Law,
and a General Legislature Update,” Grenada, Mississippi and Hattiesburg,
Mississippi, March, 1998
- Mississippi Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, “Employment Practices:
Hiring and Firing – Why Worry?”, Philadelphia, Mississippi, January, 1999
State Risk & Insurance Management Association Conference, “Structured Settlements
from the View Point of the Injured Claimant,” Biloxi, Mississippi, November, 2001
- Heart Attacks in Workmen’s Compensation – The Mississippi Experience,” 44 Miss. L.J. 226 (1973)
- “Executive Officer Suits Under the Combination Casualty Policy,” 25 Federation of Ins. Counsel Journal, 169 (1975)