Joseph E. Varner III


Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
190 East Capitol Street
The Pinnacle Building, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201

Tel: 601-960-6879


Jody Varner joined the Brunini Firm in 1990 and concentrates his practice in federal income and transfer tax issues, including transactional tax planning, estate and gift taxation and entity formation. Jody also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and private placements of equity and debt securities.

He has been involved in tax planning for corporate acquisitions, including tax-free reorganizations, mergers, and purchases of stock and assets. Jody has assisted clients in planning for both large and small estates and in developing methods effectively to transfer family businesses and investments from one generation to the next. He has experience in structuring and managing issues involving trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. Jody has also assisted clients in charitable giving and asset preservation issues.

Jody has been recognized by Best Lawyers® in America in the field of Trusts and Estates.


  • J.D., University of Mississippi, 1988
  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University, 1990
  • Master of Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1986
  • Bachelor of Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1985


  • Mississippi (1990)
  • United States District Courts of Mississippi (1990)
  • United States Tax Court (1990)
The Firm has a broad tax practice, with clients throughout Mississippi as well as non-resident clients with interests in Mississippi. The Firm’s tax attorneys advise clients concerning a wide range of matters ranging from corporate acquisitions and dispositions to individual tax planning. The Firm also represents clients in tax controversies with federal, state, and local tax authorities.

The Firm frequently appears before the Mississippi Department of Revenue and the Board of Tax Appeals to appeal tax assessments and to obtain advance rulings, often for the purpose of seeking economic development incentives. The Firm’s tax lawyers also practice before local tax authorities, handling appeals of property tax assessments and obtaining ad valorem tax exemptions.

In addition, the Firm provides services to a variety of tax-exempt organizations, including several private foundations. The Firm’s tax attorneys also play a significant role in planning new businesses and selecting business entities.

Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC, founded over one century ago, today is one of Mississippi’s largest and most respected law firms. We serve primarily business clients, including a number of Fortune 500 companies and other significant Mississippi companies, including the nation’s largest privately held wireless company, one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, one of Mississippi’s largest health insurers, and one of the state’s largest banks and health care systems. Our Firm’s practice is organized into three major areas of concentration: Commercial, Litigation and Regulatory law.

Grounded by experience and infused with innovation, the practice of law at Brunini affirms our vision of growth, excellence and discovery. Even as we grow, we maintain a collegial atmosphere and team focus. In 2022, our firm was named Mississippi’s Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation for the third year in a row and was a top-ranked firm in Chambers USA.  Our high standards are demonstrated by the number of Brunini attorneys who are named by their peers to the ranks of many distinguished organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Best Lawyers® in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, Mid-South Super Lawyers.