Michael K. Graves

Managing Member

Mr. Graves is the Managing Member of Graves Smith Attorneys. As an AV-Preeminent rated lawyer, he has accumulated over twenty-five years of experience in commercial and general civil litigation in both state and federal courts in Mississippi.

Mr. Graves’ experience includes:

  • commercial litigation
  • civil litigation
  • collections
  • creditors’ rights
  • lender liability
  • zoning and land use
  • real estate litigation
  • landlord/tenant
  • homeowner’s associations
  • dram shop litigation
  • premises liability
  • Public purchasing
  • estates and will contests
  • business acquisitions and dissolutions
  • breach of contract
  • non-compete agreements
  • defamation

Mr. Graves is a certified mediator with the Mississippi Supreme Court, and he has served as both a mediator and arbitrator in many commercial and civil matters.

Mr. Graves has made continuing education presentations on topics including zoning, land use and development, landlord/tenant, and insurance. He has authored numerous articles on law-related topics in both legal and non-legal publications.  Mr. Graves is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the American Society of Legal Advocates, a member of the William C. Keady Inns of Court, a member of The Trial Law Institute, and a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, the Mississippi Bar, and the Desoto County Bar Association. He has also been included in the “Top Lawyers in Mississippi” by The Legal Network.; included in Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2014-2018; by the American Society of Legal Advocates; selected as “10 Best Attorneys In Mississippi” (2017) by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys; selected as a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer In Mississippi” (2016) by the American Society of Legal Advocates; and has been rated as an AV-Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 2010. He is a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law (with Special Distinction) and has served as President of the MC Law Alumni Association.  Mr. Graves is actively involved in his church and many local civic organizations, and is a past board member of the DeSoto Economic Council. Mr. Graves previously served in both the Mississippi Army. National Guard and Air National Guard.