M. Denise Fondren is a founding partner of Hickman Fondren, PLLC which has offices in Macon and Oxford, MS. Denise serves as the partner in charge of the firm’s Oxford office as well as the firm’s managing partner, in this role she oversees the day to day operation and human resource needs for both of the firm’s offices.
Denise focuses her practice primarily on family law and criminal law matters but assists and advises her clients in a wide range of other legal matters. She also serves as a Public Defender for Oxford Municipal Court as well as the Lafayette County Circuit Court.
Denise earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Mississippi School of Law in May 2017 and was admitted to The Mississippi Bar in September 2017. She also holds two Bachelors of Business Administration degrees from The University of Mississippi in Managerial Finance and Banking & Finance. She is a 2003 graduate of J.Z. George High School in North Carrollton, MS. She currently lives in Oxford, MS but Vaiden, MS is home.
She currently serves as a Northern District Director for The Magnolia Bar, Secretary of the Lafayette County Bar Association, District 3 Director of the Lafayette County Democratic Party, Co-Director of North Mississippi for the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. Denise is also a member of the University of Mississippi School of Law Alumni Diversity Council as well as the Diversity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of The Mississippi Bar.
Prior to private practice she served as Staff Attorney for the Earlene Gardner Victims Assistance Project at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) in Oxford, MS. In this role, she provided legal assistance and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in twenty-seven northern Mississippi counties. She worked closely with other service providers and community agencies to ensure victims were heard and assisted. For her work as Staff Attorney, in September on 2018, she received the Purple for Peace Legal Community Award.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated where she serves as President of the graduate chapter in Oxford. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Bean Path, a non-profit technology consulting and networking corporation. She attends and serves on the finance committee at South Hopewell M.B. Church in Oxford. Most notable, she is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Jamari Fondren. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching college football.