This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. 
— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president (1858-1919)

Joanna M. Frederick

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Joanna M. Frederick recently joined Slocum Law as an associate attorney. Ms. Frederick has a broad-based practice with a primary focus on criminal law, general litigation, and personal injury. She also handles transactional matters related to real property and business law.

Ms. Frederick received her Juris Doctor from The University of Mississippi School of Law (UM Law), where she served as a member of the Moot Court Board. During this tenure, she placed in mock-trial competitions such as the Steen Dalehite and Pace Trial Competition, where she received a scholarship award. The student body also elected Ms. Frederick to serve as UM Law’s Honor Council Chairman during her third year of law school. Prior to joining Slocum Law, she worked as a Limited Practice Student Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Mississippi.


  • J.D., The University of Mississippi School of Law, 2012
    • National Trial Team Competition; Mississippi Sports Law Review, Senior Managing Editor (2011-2012); Dean’s Leadership Council (2010-2012); Honor Council (2009-2011)
  • M.P.P.A., Mississippi State University, 2008
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Mississippi State University, 2007
    • MSU Hall of Fame; Delta Gamma Sorority; Student Association, Director of Public Relations


  • Mississippi State and Federal Courts, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division; Northwest Mississippi Young Lawyers
  • DeSoto County Bar Association

Honors and Distinctions

  • Recipient of the Mississippi State University Spirit of State Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Notable Representations

  • Lott v. Alexander, 2013-CA-00104-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2014)


  • “Saving Silent Sufferers: The Case for Federal Regulation of Drug Use in Horseracing” Miss. Sports L. Rev. 411 (2012)

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant for former Assistant United States Attorney and Adjunct Professor, John Hailman, 2010-2012
  • Limited Practice Student Attorney for UM Law’s Criminal Appeals Clinic, 2011
  • Limited Practice Student Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Mississippi, 2011
  • Legal Intern for United States Senior Judge David Bramlette III, Southern District of Mississippi, 2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University, 2007-2008
  • Congressional Intern for former United States Congressman, Charles W. “Chip” Pickering, Jr., Washington, D.C. office, 2006