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Trace D. McRaney was born in Lucedale, Mississippi on January 7, 1968. He was graduated from Bay High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1986, with honors. Trace attended Pearl River Community College, where he lettered in varsity football and was listed in the Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students. He then completed his undergraduate studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, graduating cum laude in 1990, with a B.A. in History. Trace lettered in varsity football and played varsity baseball while at Millsaps. He as also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honorary, while at Millsaps. Trace attended the University of Mississippi School of Law where he was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1994. Trace joined Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A. in 1998 as an associate. In 2002, he became a shareholder in the firm. Trace has extensive experience in the courtroom, having tried numerous jury and non-jury trials to verdict.

In addition to his trial court experience, Trace has handled numerous appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, including presentation of oral argument at the Court of Appeals and the Fifth Circuit.

Trace is married to the former Wendy Shaw, and they have one daughter, Emma, a 2017 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Millsaps College. Trace and his family reside in Kiln, Mississippi.

Outside the office, Trace enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, Ole Miss and Millsaps sports and the Saints.

Litigation Percentage

  • 99% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Progressive Insurance Company
  • Safeway Insurance Company
  • Capitol Specialty Insurance Corporation
  • Governmental Employees Insurance Company (GEICO)
  • Aspen Insurance UK, Limited
  • Summit Risk Services
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board
  • Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association
  • Molokai Condominiums, Diamondhead, Mississippi
  • Vela Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Star Buffet, Inc.


  • Mississippi Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Mississippi Tort Claims
    Act: Strict Compliance vs. Substantial Compliance, 2014
  • Mississippi Judicial College, 2013 MS Trial and Appellate Judges Spring Conference, Mississippi Tort Claims Act: Discretionary Functions, 2013
  • Litigating Government Liability Claims, Mississippi Tort Claims Act: Discretionary Functions, 2013
  • Coach-Trial Academy for Young Lawyers, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Rated AV
Areas of Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile Liability
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Act Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Defense of Workers' Compensation
  • General Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights Defense - Title VII (sexual harassment) Claims, Section 1983 Claims
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1994
  • S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1994
  • S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1994
  • S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1994
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Committee Member, Government Liability Committee
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA), Member; Board of Directors 2015-2017
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member
  • Harrison County Bar Association, Member
  • Hancock County Bar Association
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association, Member
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • D. - 1994
    • Law Journal: Mississippi Law Journal, 1992 - 1994
  • Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
    • A. (Cum Laude) - 1990
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary
    • Major: History
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