A resident of Oxford, Mississippi for the past 25 years, Jay has vigorously fought for individuals facing both misdemeanor and felony charges in the State of Mississippi.
In 2017, Jay was named Oxford's Best Lawyer by The Oxford Eagle and Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie has been voted Best Law Firm the past 11 straight years by residents of Oxford.
Jay holds an AV Peer Review Rating which is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics.
Since graduating from The University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999, Jay has concentrated his practice on defending citizens charged with crimes ranging from drug possession and driving under the influence to felony assault and murder.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999, Jay served as a law clerk for Presiding Justice C.R. "Chuck" McRae of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Jay then worked for Tollison Law Firm, P.A. in Oxford for four years, returning to the firm he had clerked for while in law school. While there, Jay was made a partner in the firm.
In January of 2004, Jay joined Rhea Tannehill, Jr. to form Tannehill & Carmean, PLLC. In 2011, Matt McKenzie was named partner and the firm name changed to Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie., PLLC.
Jay, originally from Caruthersville, Missouri, is married to the former Wendy Chambers of Oxford, Mississippi. They are the proud parents of identical twin girls, Jane Reeves and Evelyn Rose, born on May 10th, 2006.