Dennis C. Sweet III (Sweet & Associates)

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Dennis C. Sweet III and his siblings grew up in Jackson only a couple houses down from Medgar Evers. “I remember him vividly,” he recalled. “Sometimes, he had to pick us up from school.” It was Evers’ assassination that galvanized Sweet to pursue law.

Sweet completed his undergraduate study at Tugaloo College and received his juris doctorate from George Washington University. Upon graduation, he worked as a public defender in Washington, D.C. Four years later, Sweet returned to Jackson and opened a defense practice with his sister, who is now a chancery court judge for Hinds County.

He enjoys the freedom that comes from running his own practice, particularly the ability to follow a cause and get involved with “doing something about it,” he said. But, as he expressed, he could not do it without the help of his paralegal team or his son, Dennis Sweet IV, who balances him out.

“One of the callings of a true lawyer,” Sweet said, “is to represent those people who would otherwise go unrepresented.” That calling has motivated Sweet throughout his long career, he said, and his heart is still in representing the people that need it to this day. —Kyle Hamrick

WINNER: Best Defense Attorney

Address: 158 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 39201

Phone number: 601-965-8700

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