Tray Hairston, an attorney at Butler Snow LLP, is a member of the firm’s public finance and incentives practice group. With a focus on bond transactions and economic development projects, he has served as bond counsel for various cities and counties throughout the state of Mississippi.
He is former counsel and policy advisor to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and was the governor’s liaison to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) which is the state’s economic development arm, the State Bond Commission, the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) where affordable housing tax credits are allocated, and minority contracting. He also helped draft the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act of 2012 in addition to drafting sections of the MHC’s allocation plan for administering affordable housing tax credits for health care industry zone developments for workforce housing. Since leaving the governor’s office, he has continued to assist the state in its rating agency preparations both in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to his legal career, Hairston was a member of the Global Business Division at MDA where he provided project management assistance to companies and consultants looking to locate new businesses in Mississippi.
Hairston earned dual degrees from Tougaloo College in English and humanities with an emphasis in philosophy (magna cum laude), an MBA from Belhaven University, and is a 2009 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law where he received American Jurisprudence awards for Corporate Finance and Counseling and Negotiations.
Hairston regularly publishes scholarly legal articles and is an adjunct law professor at Mississippi College School of Law. A member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council and the National Association of Bond Lawyers, he was recognized as “Young Lawyer of the Year” by Mississippi College School of Law in 2012 and “Top 40 under 40” by the Mississippi Business Journal 2012-2013. He recently gave a TEDx Talk on “How to make Health Care an Economic Driver” at Jackson’s TED Talk forum.