Office of General Counsel

University of Mississippi

Staff Directory

staff1Lee Tyner

General Counsel and Instructor in Business Administration

Lee Tyner has served as Chief Legal Officer for the University of Mississippi since the summer of 2003. From 1998-2003, Lee was Associate University Attorney. He was a litigation associate with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada in Jackson, Mississippi from 1992-1998. Lee presently teaches undergraduate courses in Communications Law and Business Law. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Economics and History from the University of Mississippi in 1987 and received the J.D. degree in May of 1992 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (“NACUA”), serving on the Board of Directors for NACUA from 2008-2011.  He is currently President of NACUA.

Phone: (662) 915-7014
Fax: (662) 915-5640

Email: ltyner@olemiss.edu


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonna Gurley

Associate General Counsel

Donna Gurley has served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Mississippi since October 2004. Prior to coming to the University, Donna was an associate at Mayo Mallette PLLC in Oxford. She has a J.D. (2000) (summa cum laude), an M.A.E. (1993), an M.L.S. (1984) and a B.A.E. (1982) all from Ole Miss. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Department. Donna was a member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions from 2006 to 2008 and is currently serving as chair of the Oxford University Transit Commission. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Phone: (662) 915-7014
Fax: (662) 915-5640

Email: dgurley@olemiss.edu


Rob Jolly

Assistant General Counsel

Possessing a strong interest in higher education law and public service, Rob Jolly joined The University of Mississippi as a Law Fellow in October 2013 and was hired as Assistant General Counsel in February 2015.  Prior to his arrival at the University, Rob was a litigator with the firms of Thomason Hendrix and Jones Walker from 2008-2013.  Rob also served as a law clerk to Chief United States Magistrate Judge John M. Roper from 2006-2008.  Rob graduated with a B.A. in Southern Studies from The University of Mississippi in 2002 and earned his J.D. degree from The University of Mississippi in 2006.  While in law school, Rob worked in the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and participated in the Public Service Internship Program serving as an intern to Chief United States District Judge Michael P. Mills.  Rob is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division. Rob is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Rob is married to Rebecca Mcgee Jolly (J.D. 2008).

Phone: (662) 915-7014
Fax: (662) 915-5640

Email: rtjolly@olemiss.edu


038a51dMisty Cowherd

Administrative Coordinator

Misty Cowherd joined the staff of the Office of General Counsel in September 2016. Earning her J.D. at the University of Mississippi in 2016,  Misty provides support services for the attorneys, including preparation of legal documents, public records requests and general office management. A native of Louisiana, Misty holds a B.A. and M.M.C. degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and has extensive experience in higher educational settings.  She lives in Oxford with her husband, Derek Cowherd, and her two children, Jackson and Eden.

Phone: (662) 915-7014

Email: mncowher@olemiss.edu