Founded in 1999, Wheeler and Franks Law Firm, PC serves North Mississippi as a full-service law firm, handling both civil and criminal matters. Our team of attorneys and support staff has the resources, knowledge, and skill required to provide exceptional counsel in both personal and legal matters. Our attorneys have a remarkable record of obtaining successful outcomes for our clients. We have successfully recovered significant settlements in many cases including personal injury claims, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death actions, divorce proceedings, and numerous cases involving defective drugs. We work tirelessly to preserve and protect our clients' rights to just compensation and to ensure that they receive the outcome that they are entitled to. We offer free initial consultations. If you were injured or have a legal issue, we are here to fight for you.
We brought a lawsuit on behalf of individuals injured and killed in the 1998 attacks on the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. In 2002, we filed a lawsuit against Sudan, Iran and Osama bin Laden. This case was tried in October 2010 and a verdict was returned in November 2011.
This verdict found Sudan and Iran liable for materially supporting terrorist activities of Al Qaeda. Additionally, we also worked on PowerTrain, Inc., a Mississippi Corporation; Tool Mart, Inc., a Mississippi Corporation; Wood Sales Company, Inc., a Mississippi Corporation v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (2003-2008).
During this case, Bill and Jamie took over 85 depositions in over 27 states across the United States and China. We also have offices in Oxford, Miss. and Washington, DC.
William R. Wheeler, Jr. is a partner of Wheeler and Franks Law Firm with offices in Tupelo, Oxford, and Washington, DC. Mr. Wheeler represents both national and international clients in litigation matters. Mr. Wheeler primarily focuses on personal injury.
Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in 1984, and his Master of Arts from George Washington University in 1986. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1997. He was admitted to the bar for the State of Mississippi in 1998 and is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association of Justice. Bill is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Bill has served the public in several capacities, including as a Former Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (1988-1995), Fellow to the European Parliament (1992), Democratic Nominee for the Mississippi First Congressional District (1994), Member of Democratic National Committee (2000-2004), Chairman of Senator John Kerry's Presidential Campaign for Mississippi (2004), and an Aide to Senator Howell Heflin (D - Alabama) (1984-1986). Mr. Wheeler was also appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as the Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency for the Southern United States from 1995 to 1998.
Bill was appointed by the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives to serve on the Mississippi State Ethics Commission for Government. He is currently serving his second four-year term on the Commission.
Bill is married to Polina Wheeler and lives in Oxford, Mississippi. They have two children, Sophia and William.
James R. Franks, Jr. is a partner of Wheeler and Franks Law Firm with offices in Tupelo, Oxford, and Washington, DC. Mr. Franks represents both national and international clients on legislative issues as well as litigation matters.
Jamie received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1995. Jamie received his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2000. Jamie was admitted to the bar for the State of Mississippi in 2001. Jamie is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, and American Association of Justice. Jamie is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Jamie has served the public in several capacities, including as the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (2007), a Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (as Majority Whip and Chairman of Conservation and Water Resources) from 1996-2008, and a Member of the Democratic National Committee. Jamie is currently serving as the Chairman for the Mississippi Democratic Party (2008-present).
Jamie has two children, Jace and Nick, and lives in Mooreville, Mississippi.
Tiffany K. Pharr is an associate attorney of Wheeler & Franks Law Firm. Tiffany joined the firm in November, 2014.
Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2011. Tiffany received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 2014. Tiffany was admitted to the bar for the State of Mississippi in 2014. Tiffany is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, Lafayette County Bar Association, Tri-County Young Lawyers, and the Mississippi Association for Justice.