Graham grew up in Brookhaven, Mississippi, graduating from Brookhaven High School in 1997. After earning a degree in English and History from Mississippi College in 2001, Graham attended law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While in law school, Graham served as a Notes & Comments Editor for the Law Review and was on the Moot Court Board. He also published a case note in the Wake Forest Law Review, Kelly v. South Carolina: The Symbolic and Substantive Implications of the Supreme Court’s Latest Word on Parole Ineligibility in Capital Cases, 38 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1327 (2003). After earning his law degree from Wake Forest in 2004, Graham returned to Mississippi to begin his legal career.
Graham has extensive experience litigating in state and federal courts in Mississippi. He is licensed to practice before all Mississippi state and federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Graham is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for representation of clients on Death Row in federal court habeas corpus proceedings. He serves as a Public Defender for the City of Clinton, and formerly served as Public Defender for Lincoln County and the City of Byram. Graham also has a diverse civil practice in state and federal courts. He represents a variety of professionals, such as attorneys, nurses, and doctors, in licensure and disciplinary matters.
Graham is a longtime member and officer in the Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ). He is a past President of MAJ and currently serves on its Board of Governors. He is also an active member of the Mississippi Bar, Capital Area Bar Association (CABA), Mississippi Public Defenders Association, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Graham was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of CABA.
Graham and his wife, Mary Etta, have three children, and are active members of Northside Baptist Church in Clinton.