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.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SOCIETIES:
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)
HONORS AND ORGANIZATIONS:
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.
COMMUNITY, STATE AND NATIONAL INVOLVEMENT:
Mr. Hopkins has also served and/or is serving in the following capacities:
Board of Directors, Vice-President, Gulfport Jaycees (1971-1973)
Board of Directors, USO (1974-1975)
Board of Directors, Gulf Pines Girl Scout Council (1974-present); awarded the Thanks
Badge by the Girl Scouts of America (1982); awarded Lifetime Membership
Status by the Girl Scouts of America; Golden Ruler Award; and President’s
Board of Directors, United Way, Harrison County (1980-1982)
American Heart Association, Mississippi Affiliate, Board of Directors, Chairman of
Board (1985-1986); Assistant State Heart Chairman (1983); State Heart Fund
Chairman (1984); Planned Giving Committee Chairman (1980-1984); District
Director; awarded the Gold Award of American Heart Association (1981);
Awarded the Silver Award for Distinguished Service (1986)
Mississippi National Guard Association (1965 to present)
Development Board, William Carey College (1985-1989)
Foundation Board, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1987-2003)
Life Member, Mississippi Historical Society
Board of Deacons, Sunday School Teacher, First Baptist Church of Gulfport, Mississippi
Board of Directors and President of the Metropolitan Dinner Club (1988-1989)o
Board of Directors, 31st Infantry “Dixie” Division Society (1992-1996) (Life Member)
31st Infantry “Dixie” Division Association, Inc. – National President (1997-1998)
1st Vice President (1996-1997)
Board of Directors, Mississippi Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Armed Forces Museum Foundation, Inc.; Charter Member
Board of Directors (2002-2005)
Harrison County Tourism Commission
Commissioner (1994 – 2008)
President (2002 – 2005; 2007)
Chairman, Gulf Coast Business Council Tourism Committee, Air Service
Governor Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal
Member, Committee on Hospitality Industry/Recreation (2005 – 2011)
Mississippi State Chairman, World War II Commemoration Committee (1993-1995)
Coastal Conservation Association (1995-2010)
“Who’s Who” in Coast Business (1995)
Marquis “Who’s Who in America” (1996-present)
Gulf Coast Carnival Association, King d’Iberville (1995)
Board of Directors (1995-2010)
District Commissioner, Spanish Trail District, Boy Scouts of America (1997-1998)
Executive Council, Spanish Trail District, Boy Scouts of America (1998-2005)
Mississippi Coast Crime Commission (1997-2010)
Life Member, National Rifle Association
Wildlife Mississippi, Charter Member (1998-2000)
Sponsoring Association Member, National Association of Charter Boat Operators
Daughters of America President General’s Advisory Board (1998-2000)
Coast Centurion Association (Gulf Coast Chamber)
Southwest Mississippi Forestry Association (2007)
Wolf River Conservation Society (2007-2010)
Mississippi Farm Bureau (2007-present)
LECTURES AND INSTRUCTION:
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)
Mr. Hopkins is a Major General on the Mississippi National Guard retired list effective 5 March 1996. General Hopkins entered military service in 1965 as an enlisted man in the 31st Infantry Division. In 1970, he received a direct commission to Captain. He is a graduate of the Judges Advocate General’s Career Course and General Staff School of the United States Army, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as Staff Judge Advocate for Mississippi Emergency Operations Headquarters; Command and Control Headquarters; Det. 1 STARC and Special Staff Judge Advocate to the Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi. General Hopkins served the last four years of his service as the Assistant Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi. He was promoted to Brigadier General with federal recognition effective 11 March 1993. In the position of Assistant Adjutant General (1992-1996), General Hopkins also served in the following additional capacities:
Chairman, Mississippi National Guard Total Quality Management (TQM) Executive
Co-Chairman, Army and Air Total Quality Management (TQM) Council
Chairman, Morale Support Fund Board
Chairman, Camp Shelby Timber Fund
Chairman, Environmental Quality Control Committee
Chairman, Recycle Program
President, General Academic Board for MSARNG Military Academy
Director, USARNG Drug Enforcement Programs
Chairman, State Morale, Welfare & Recreation Council
Chairman, Senior Service School Selection Board
Chairman, Selective Retention Board
Charter Member, Armed Forces Museum Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors (2002-2005)
GENERAL HOPKINS HAS RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:
The Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (Four Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (One Bronze Star)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 10 year device)
Army Service Ribbon
Presidential Certificate for Meritorious Service
Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Mississippi Magnolia Cross
Mississippi Magnolia Medal
Mississippi Commendation Medal
Mississippi War Medal
Mississippi Emergency Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Cluster)
Mississippi Service School Medal
Mississippi Longevity Medal (One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
General Hopkins was one of the drafters of the Mississippi State Code Revisions of the
Code of Military Justice and the State Military Code. He served on the Reserve Guard Judge Advocate Legal Assistant Advisory Committee, Department of Army, the Judge Advocate General’s School.
General Hopkins served as Commander of Camp Shelby, Mississippi, The Nation’s
Largest National Guard, and Reserve Training Site during Summer Maneuvers in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995.
General Hopkins served thirteen (13) years as Chief Judge of the Court of Military Appeals for the Mississippi Military Department, State of Mississippi. His first term was October 6, 1996, and with reappointment served until 6 April 2010.
He is the President of ANH Enterprises, Inc., and Muddy River Farms, LLC. Muddy River Farms, LLC, is a farming, ranching, and land development company doing business in North and South Mississippi.
He served as a Director of First Bank and Trust of Mississippi, 2007-2008.
Mr. Hopkins was licensed to practice law in 1965. He is admitted to practice before the following courts:
Mississippi State Courts (1965)
Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi (1965)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (1966)
United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (1970)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1972)
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1981)
Supreme Court of the United States of America (1972)
United States Court of Military Appeals (1986)
Mr. Hopkins is the senior partner of the law firm of HOPKINS, BARVIÉ & HOPKINS, P.L.L.C., Gulfport, Mississippi, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law. He has been an “A-V” rated attorney in Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for 35 years and is listed in their Bar register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.
Mr. Hopkins is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and boating. He was the 1996 Bluewater King Fisherman of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and winner of the Billy Meadows Memorial Trophy of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. He is also a certified scuba diver. Mr. Hopkins also includes beekeeping as part of his forestry, farming, and ranching business.
Offices: 2701 – 24th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
(228) 864-2200 Phone
(228) 868-9358 Fax
Residence: 19208 Champion Circle
Gulfport, MS 39501
(228) 832-3301 Phone
General Office E-Mail Address: Hopkins@Hopkins-Law.com
Direct Office E-Mail Address: AHopkins@Hopkins-Law.com