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Robert KnochelAssistant District Attorney“Bobby” Knochel began working at the District Attorney’s Office in 2004, and he currently serves as chief prosecutor. Bobby obtained his Business Administration degree in 1989, from the University of Mississippi. Subsequently, in 1994, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law. Prior to becoming employed with the District Attorney’s Office, Bobby’s practice included work in circuit court, chancery court and youth court. Bobby is a member of the National District Attorneys Association, Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Jackson County Bar Association.
Justin LovornAssistant District AttorneyJustin Lovorn is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. He graduated from Pascagoula High School in 2004, and attended the University of Mississippi. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and again in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Justin obtained his teaching license and taught seventh grade science at Magnolia Junior High School in Moss Point, Mississippi. Justin attended Mississippi College School of Law where he was elected Honor Court Justice and was a STAR mentor. Working under Mississippi’s Limited Practice Act, Justin interned in the District Attorney’s office during his final semester of law school. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 2012, and was admitted to practice law in Mississippi that same year. Justin is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Juvenile Courts Bar Association, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.
William BarrettAssistant District AttorneyBill was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and graduated from St. John High School in 2002. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University in 2006, and in 2009, he graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law. During law school he interned with the Federal Public Defender in Jackson, Mississippi. After law school, Bill opened a law firm with his father, former federal prosecutor Peter Barrett, practicing mainly in the area of federal criminal defense. In 2011, Barrett was selected to join the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the Southern District of Mississippi. As a member of the CJA panel, Barrett represented numerous clients in federal court appointed cases, both at the trial level and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2014, Barrett was selected as the CJA Panel Representative for the Southern District of Mississippi. In July of 2015, Barret was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District.
Michael DykesAssistant District AttorneyMichael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University in 2000. He obtained his law degree from The University of Mississippi in 2009, and he was admitted to practice in Mississippi the same year. Dykes served one year as a law clerk for the 16th Chancery Court District in Jackson County, and then he worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Harrison County for the following four years. Dykes was Commissioned at Marion Military Institute in 1998, and he has over 18 years of active and reserve military service. Dykes has served on three combat tours in Bosnia and Iraq, and he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He is currently serving as the Battalion Commander for the 1st Battalion 155th Combined Arms Battalion “Mississippi Rifles.” Dykes was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District in August 2015.
Carolyn LewisAssistant District AttorneyCarolyn is a native of Lucedale, MS, and joined the District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 2016. She is a 2007 graduate of George County High School, and in 2011, she graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Carolyn attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she served on the Law Student Bar Association all three years as Honor Court Justice, Co-Events Coordinator, and Development Liaison. She also served as Vice President of the Women’s Student Bar Association, and was a Dean’s Ambassador. During law school, she worked under the Mississippi Limited Practice Act, and served as an extern in the District Attorney’s office, before graduating in 2016. Carolyn is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, and the Jackson County Bar Association.
Jason DavisAssistant District AttorneyA 2005 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, Jason Davis joins the office after spending the last fourteen (14) years with the Attorney General's Office in Jackson. During his time there, he served as the Director of the Criminal Appeals Division, Director of the Capital Litigation Division and as a special assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division. In his various capacities with that office, Jason prosecuted capital appellate cases throughout the state and has argued before the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts, the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. A former resident of Gulfport, Jason returns to the coast to serve the citizens of Jackson, George and Greene counties.
Taylor LashleyAssistant District Attorney
Taylor is a native of Pascagoula, MS, and graduated from Resurrection Catholic High School. She attended the University of Mississippi before transferring to and graduating from Mississippi State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law. At MC Law, Taylor was involved in the Law Student Bar Association in which she served as a Senator for all three years of law school. She was an active member of the Moot Court Board where she competed in several competitions and was a National Finalist in the ABA’s Arbitration Competition in Chicago, IL. She was a STAR Mentor, a semi-finalist in the Copeland, Cook, Taylor, & Bush appellate advocacy competition, and won Best On-Brief Oralist.
After graduating, Taylor worked as a law clerk to Justice David M. Ishee while he served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. She worked at Dogan & Wilkinson, PLLC as a civil litigator before joining the District Attorney’s Office. Taylor is a current member and past President of the Jackson County Bar Association and was recently elected Secretary of the Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Division after serving as a Director for her Coastal District. She is an active member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association and holds law licenses in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Nikki HuffmanAssistant District Attorney
Nicole Collins Huffman (“Nikki”) joined the District Attorney’s Office on March 1, 2022, after a nearly 18-year civil defense career. While in private practice, Nikki served as Vice President of Litigation for a national senior care provider, as well as litigated False Claims Act matters, state and federal appeals, and other complex claims.
Nikki is a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of the University of West Florida where she was a John C. Pace Scholar. She is also a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Mississippi College School of Law. In law school, Nikki was a member of the law review, and the moot court board, and was a Hearin-Hess Scholar, and STAR mentor. She graduated in the top ten of her class.
Nikki’s desire to serve the citizens of Jackson, George, and Greene's counties led her to pivot her career. She is married to George Huffman, an experienced Assistant District Attorney serving Harrison, Hancock, and Stone counties.
Nick MobleyAssistant District Attorney
Nick Mobley is a native of Troy, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University in 2014, and in 2018, received a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. During law school, Nick interned for former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Chuck McRae. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Nick began his legal career as an associate attorney at Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A., in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he practiced insurance defense. Nick is a member of the Mississippi Bar and is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts within the State of Mississippi, as well as the Tribal Court of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Nick resides in Ocean Springs with his wife, Taylor.