RaToya Gilmer	(Gilmer & Green Legal Group)

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Raised just outside Jackson in 
Edwards, RaToya Gilmer returned to her hometown after her studies at the University of Mississippi School of Law. “I call myself homegrown because I’m still living in Edwards,” Gilmer quips, but she sees her work in the community as a calling. “The things I wanted to do to restore our community led me to the field of law.”

Gilmer was guided into the profession by Precious Martin, for whom she worked prior to attending law school, and after his death, his wife and her mother continued to steer Gilmer into her present work. “I always feel like I can call on her,” Gilmer remarks. “But it’s taken a village to get me to where I am today.”

Some of her present work includes conducting statewide expungement clinics as part of her involvement with the Magnolia Bar Association. “(At the expungement clinics), volunteer lawyers and law students draft paperwork for free. It’s ready to be filed, although the client is responsible for filing their own,” Gilmer says.

Aiding her community lies at the heart of all she does, as Gilmer says that her eventual goal is to open a community center. “That would be a dream for me,” she says. —Taylor McKay Hathorn

WINNER: Best Family Attorney

Address: 748 N. President St., Jackson, MS 39202

Phone number: 769-208-8122

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