Candice Rucker joined the firm as a member of the Appellate and Litigation practice groups after clerking for Judge Leslie H. Southwick of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Since then, Candice has handled appeals in federal and state court involving complex commercial disputes and significant issues of constitutional law. She has served as designated appellate counsel during trial and is experienced in crafting successful strategies for prevailing during the post-judgment and appellate phases of civil litigation. In addition to her appellate experience, Candice has managed cases from their inception by drafting complaints, managing written and document discovery, and preparing and arguing dispositive motions. She has successfully negotiated contentious settlement agreements and currently maintains a chapter on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Mississippi Encyclopedia of Law.
Candice graduated from Mississippi College School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Mississippi College Law Review and vice-chair of internal affairs for the Moot Court Board. As a member of the Moot Court Board, Candice competed in a variety of pretrial, trial and appellate competitions across the country. She won best plaintiffs’ memorandum of law at the Stetson University’s 2015 National Pretrial Competition and was recognized as best oralist at Pace University’s 2016 National Environmental Law Competition.
Candice earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, where she was recognized for maintaining the highest scholastic average in the College of Arts & Sciences for the Class of 2013.