Resume – Chris Klotz

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Chris Klotz


College: Mississippi College School of Law, J.D. 1992

Advanced Legal Education:

  • Graduate National Criminal Defense College
  • Graduate Western Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Graduate Vera Institute of Justice, Criminal Justice Program
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. 1989
    • Major: Psychology
    • Minor: English


2015 – Present: Stevenson Klotz Law Firm: Partner/Owner

2007 – 2014: Klotz Law Firm, Owner

1999 – 2007: Partner, Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, Jackson, MS

Multi-plaintiff drug litigation, financial fraud, medical/nursing malpractice and single plaintiff serious personal injury. Extensive criminal practice in federal and state trial courts, and appellate courts.

1993 – 1999: Deputy Chief, Office of the Hinds County Public Defender, Jackson, MS

Homicide and violent crime trial docket. Administrative and budgeting matters.

1991: Covington & Burling: Clerkship, Washington, D.C.

1990: District of Columbia Public Defender Service, Clerkship

Professional Associations


  • Society of the Criminal Defense Bar, Pensacola, Past President, Board of Directors
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court
  • Rotary Club International, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association: Lifetime Member
  • New Orleans Innocence Project: Case Volunteer
  • Mississippi Public Defenders Association: Past President, Lifetime Member Award
  • Mississippi Supreme Court: Criminal Code Revision Legislative Committee
  • Mississippi Legislature: MS Public Defender Task Force, Legislative Chair


  • NBI Criminal Law Lecturer
  • Mississippi College School of Law: DNA Evidence
  • Mississippi Public Defenders Association: Effective Opening Statements
  • University of Mississippi Law School: Guest Lecturer, Trial Practice Class.
  • MPDA Criminal Trial College Faculty.
  • Jackson Police Department Training Academy, Guest Lecturer

Community Involvement:

  • Cub Scout Den Leader
  • Federal Re-Entry Program Mentor
  • Rotary Club International, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Mississippi Bar Association: High School Mock Trial Judge

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • District of Columbia

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