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Benjamin Holmes Wells is admitted to the Mississippi Bar, one of only 29 attorneys practicing in Jackson by 1898.


Benjamin Holmes Wells joins W. J. Croom to form the two-man firm of Wells & Croom, which would soon become Williamson, Wells & Croom.


Jackson Electric Railway Light & Power Company, the predecessor company to Mississippi Power & Light Company, becomes a principal client of Williamson, Wells & Croom.


Williamson and Wells are listed as attorneys for Illinois Central Railroad in Hinds County.


George W. May, William M. Williams, and J. N. Flowers form the firm of Williams, May & Flowers.


Robert B. Mayes joins the firm of Wells, May & Sanders to form Mayes, Wells, May & Sanders. The firm’s offices are located in the Merchants Bank Building on the southwest corner of Capitol and State Streets in downtown Jackson.


Mayes, Wells, May & Sanders becomes May, Sanders, McLaurin & Byrd, specializing in railroad and corporate law. The firm’s clients at this time include Illinois Central Railroad Company and Mississippi Power & Light Company.


Sherwood W. Wise and Barron C. Ricketts form the firm of Ricketts & Wise, practicing out of the Deposit Guaranty Bank Building on Capitol Street in downtown Jackson.


William O. “Billy” Carter, Jr., joins Ricketts & Wise as an associate.


James Lee Byrd merges with Ricketts & Wise to form the law firm of Byrd, Ricketts & Wise. The firm continues to represent Illinois Central Railroad Company and Mississippi Power & Light Company.


Byrd, Ricketts & Wise merges with the firm of Chambers, Tenholm & Smith to form Byrd, Wise & Smith.

Billy Carter establishes the first Legal Aid Society in Mississippi.


James K. “Jim” Child, Jr., becomes an associate with Byrd, Wise & Smith. Byrd, Wise & Smith moves to the Electric Building on Pearl Street in downtown Jackson.


The firm becomes Wise, Smith & Carter.


Sherwood Wise’s book The Way I See It Then and Now is published.


The firm becomes Wise Carter & Child.


Wise Carter & Child merges with Steen & Caraway to form the law firm of Wise Carter Child Steen & Caraway.


The firm’s representation of Hinds General Hospital serves as the foundation for its then-burgeoning health care practice.


Margaret Hegman (Williams) joins Wise Carter as the firm’s first female associate.


The firm becomes Wise Carter Child & Caraway (“Wise Carter”).


Wise Carter represents Mississippi Power & Light Company in securing the then-largest rate increase ever granted to a utility in Mississippi. The case ultimately results in a 6-3 victory before the United States Supreme Court at a time when a loss would likely have resulted in the firm’s dissolution.


Wise Carter incorporates to become the present-day firm of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.


Wise Carter moves from the Electric Building to the Heritage Building, its present location and the former home of both Kennington’s and McRae’s department stores in downtown Jackson.


Margaret (Hegman) Williams becomes the firm’s first female shareholder.


Sherwood Wise’s written history of the Wise Carter firm is published.


Wise Carter is divided into two broad practice groups, the Trial Section and the Business Section.


Lawyers from Shell, Buford, Callicut & Perry join the firm, adding significant expertise in representation of all aspects of healthcare.


Sherwood Wise, one of the founders of the present-day Wise Carter firm, dies at age of 92.

Wise Carter opens its Gulf Coast office in Biloxi, Mississippi.


Natie P. Caraway, one of the founders of the present-day Wise Carter firm, dies at the age of 73.


Wise Carter opens its Hattiesburg, Mississippi office.


William O. “Billy” Carter passes away on January 30, 2011, at age of 87.


Wise Carter attorney Debra M. Brown is appointed as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.


Wise Carter expands its Gulf Coast office by welcoming two attorneys with established practices in the Gulf Coast region.


Wise Carter’s expansion of its Gulf Coast office continues, leading it to relocate to the Hancock Bank building in May 2017 in order to accommodate several attorneys with established practices in the Gulf Coast Region.


Wise Carter joins the Two Mississippi Museums Campaign as Bicentennial Benefactor Donors. These new museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, open in December 2017 in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.


Wise Carter begins its 135th year since its earliest predecessor firm, that of Benjamin Holmes Wells, who began his law practice in 1883.


Wise Carter remains committed to being a Mississippi-based law firm practicing law for the residents and businesses of Mississippi.