BRANDI DENTON GATEWOOD
Brandi Denton Gatewood joined LoCoco & LoCoco, PLLC, as a Junior Partner in August 2016 and in 2018 became Partner. At that time, the firm was renamed LoCoco, Lococo & Gatewood, PLLC. Before joining the LoCoco & LoCoco team, Brandi owned the solo-practice firm of The Gatewood Law Firm, PLLC, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Brandi was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and raised in Forest, Mississippi. Following graduation from Forest High School, Brandi earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi College in 2004, a Master of Social Science from Mississippi College in 2006, and a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2010.
Brandi is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and has been admitted to practice before all Mississippi State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Following law school, Brandi served as a Judicial Clerk to Associate Justice James W. Kitchens of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Following her clerkship, she opened The Gatewood Law Firm, PLLC, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. As a solo practitioner, Brandi represented a wide variety of clients, with a focus on personal injury litigation, including automobile collisions, premises liability, and workers compensation. She also represented people facing criminal charges, from misdemeanors to felonies, including indigent defendants. Brandi is also passionate about her appellate practice and has represented appellants before the Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Brandi was selected to participate in the 2017 Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum. Participants of the Leadership Forum are selected from applicants that demonstrate the initiative necessary for the effective guidance of peers in the legal profession.
Brandi is very active in the American Association for Justice (AAJ), which is a national organization that works to make sure that people who are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others have a fair shot at justice through the legal system; even when that means taking on the most powerful corporations and insurance companies. Being a member of AAJ means being a member of a nation-wide team that is fighting to preserve the rights of injured persons to seek justice through the courts. As an active member of the American Association for Justice, Brandi is member of the AAJ Board of Governors, Chair-Elect of the Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus, Co-Chair of the New Lawyers’ Division Law School Committee, member of the AAJ Law School Committee, member of the AAJ Diversity Committee, and a graduate of the AAJ Leadership Academy. Brandi is a recipient of the 2015-2017 New Lawyers’ Division Excellence Awards for her steadfast dedication to AAJ and the New Lawyers’ Division. She also received an NLD Praetorian Award and the 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award for the Women Trial Lawyers' Caucus.
Brandi is also a very active member of the Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ), much like AAJ, is an organization comprised of attorneys dedicated to fighting for an injured person’s right to seek justice through the courts of Mississippi. Brandi is a member of the Executive Committee for the Mississippi Association for Justice, the Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee for 2018-19, is a past Chair of the MAJ Women’s Caucus and New Lawyers’ Division, and has served for many years on the MAJ Board of Governors. Brandi was named the MAJ New Lawyer of the Year for 2015-2016, she received the 2016-2017 Margaret P. Ellis Legacy of Leadership Award, she received the 2014-2015 Woman of Achievement Award, she was recognized as a 2013 MAJ Rising Star and was twice awarded the Beyond the Call Award for 2013 and 2012.
Brandi is a current member of the Mississippi Women Lawyer’ Association (MWLA) and is a Past President of MWLA, and is a past member of the MWLA Board of Directors.
Brandi was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018 and 2017. She was also named as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2017.
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers’ Project (MVLP) is an organization with the mission of providing legal assistance to Mississippi’s poor and less fortunate that are unable to pay for legal services that s/he needs. Lawyers from across the State of Mississippi selflessly give their time to help Mississippians in need of legal services. MVLP has limited the focus of the services to domestic matters. In 2014, Brandi received on of MVLP’s Pro Bono Awards for the legal aid and assistance that she selflessly, and without pay, gave to many Mississippians in need, so that those individuals could move forward with getting their lives back on track.
Brandi and her husband, Benjamin Gatewood, M.D., married in September 2009 and relocated to the beautiful Gulf Coast in 2011. Although they have no children, they are the proud parents of three fur babies; Louis the Labrador Retriever, Etta the Golden Retriever, and Trixie, the pound kitty.
Brandi is also an Advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As an Advocate, Brandi works with other Advocates across the United States to lobby and advocate for policies and programs that benefit people with multiple sclerosis and their families at the federal, state, and community levels. Brandi's WalkMS Team, Notorious BDG, was awarded a 2018 Mission Possible Award for their fundraising efforts in the fight to find a cure for MS.
Outside of the office, Brandi is a regular volunteer for Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for pediatric cancer patients.
Areas of Practice
- Automobile Wrecks
- Trucking and 18-Wheeler Wrecks
- Wrongful Death
- Defective Products
- Defective Medical Devices
- Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income
- Longshore Injuries
- Shipyard Injuries
- Workers’ Compensation
- Offshore/Maritime Injuries
- Jones Act Claims
- Personal Injury
- Kristan Seibert v. Jackson County, Mississippi, et al., 851 F.3d 430 (5th Cir. 2017)
- Joe McGinty and Diane McGinty v. Grand Casinos of Mississippi, Inc., 154 So. 3d 33 (Miss. 2018)
- Mississippi – all State and Federal Courts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States of America
- Mississippi College School of Law
- Jurisprudence Doctorate – 2010
- Mississippi College
- Master of Social Sciences – 2006
- Bachelor of Science – 2004
- Solo-practice attorney at The Gatewood Law Firm, PLLC – 2011-2016
- Judicial Law Clerk for James W. Kitchens, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Mississippi – 2010 – 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Mississippi Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Mississippi Association for Justice
- Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association
- Pound Civil Justice Institute
- Public Justice