Valerie Moss Andrews is admitted to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Mississippi State University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Valerie works with senior partner Tom Fortner and represents clients in criminal cases, both federal and state, throughout the State of Mississippi. While in law school, Valerie was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal, the Mississippi Innocence Project, the Criminal Appeals Clinic, and an intern with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Oxford, MS. In October 2017, Valerie was selected to serve as counsel for the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Southern District of Mississippi. While on the panel, Valerie is able to represent federal indigent clients when the Federal Public Defender’s Office has a conflict. 


Types of Cases Handled:


  • Criminal Felony Cases: Capital Murder (Death Penalty eligible), all other types of murder and/or manslaughter cases; other serious felony charges including but not limited to robbery, burglary, assault and sexual assault, all controlled substance charges.

  • Criminal Post-Conviction Cases: Wrongful conviction, ineffective assistance of counsel resulting in conviction, wrongful incarceration, attacks on guilty pleas, etc.

  • Criminal Appeals: Appeal of criminal convictions from all circuit courts to the Mississippi Supreme Court and Mississippi Court of Appeals.

  • Expungements: Related to eligible felony and misdemeanor convictions.

  • D.U.I. defense

Licensed to Practice In:

  • All State Courts in Mississippi

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • All State Courts in Tennessee


  • Mississippi Bar Association

  • Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association

  • Mississippi Public Defenders Association

Paralegal: Laura Wilson

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday  8AM to 5PM

Friday – 8AM to Noon

Saturday & Sunday – Closed

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