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John Menteith Harral


John Menteith Harral, American lawyer. Bar: Mississippi 1974, United States District Court (southern district) Mississippi 1974, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1977. Named to South Mississippi Leadership Hall of Fame, 2002.


Harral, John Menteith was born on June 25, 1948 in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone. Son of Brooks Jared and Sara (Mumma) Harral.


Bachelor of Business Administration, University Mississippi, 1971. Juris Doctor, University Mississippi, 1974.


Law clerk to Judge J.P. Coleman, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit), New Orleans, 1978-1979. Partner White & Morse, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1979-1992, Eaton & Cottrell, P.A., Gulfport, 1993-1997. Sole practitioner, 1997—2002.

Member Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, Professional Limited Liability Company, since 2002. Member Mississippi Governor's Judicial Nominating Committee, 1990-1993. Instructor business law William Carey College.

Member advisory board directors Whitney National Bank. Lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps United States Naval Reserve, 1974-1978.


  • Bar: Mississippi 1974, United States District Court (southern district) Mississippi 1974, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1977.


Mentor Gulfport Schools, since 1991. Lay eucharistic minister St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1980, vestryman, senior and junior warden, Sunday school teacher. Chairman Episcopalian Services for Aging, Mississippi Gulf Coast, 1981—1985, also board directors.

Board directors Make-A-Wish Foundation, Walter Anderson Museum Art, Partners for Stennis, vice chair, 2006. Founder, president Gulfport Excellence, since 1991. Board directors Christmas in April, Harrison County, 1994—2000, president, 1995—1996.

Board directors Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, since 1996, secretary, executive committee, 1997—2000. President Gulfport Downtown Association, Inc., 1997—1998, 2004, director, 1998—2001. Mississippi commissioner National Conference Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 2000—2004.

Member executive committee Gulf Coast Business Council, since 2006. Board directors Gulfport Main St., since 2006, president. Fellow: Mississippi Bar Foundation (trustee 2002-2005).

Member: American Bar Association, Gulf Coast Law Institute (board directors 1988-1993), Harrison County Bar Association (president young lawyers section 1982, president 1987-1988), Mississippi Bar Association (board directors young lawyers division 1982-1984, commissioner 1991-1994), Mississippi Coast C. of Chamber (board directors), Gulfport Chamber of Commerce 1995-1997, (president 1997, John Harral Spirit of Education award 2004), Gulfport Business Club 2001-2002, (founder), Bayou Bluff Tennis Club, Rotary (president 2002-2003).


Married Marjorie Van Fosson, August 15, 1970. Children: Alyse, Jessica.

Brooks Jared Harral

Sara (Mumma) Harral

Marjorie Van Fosson

Alyse Harral

Jessica Harral