Laura McInnis, JD
In the quiet corners of my childhood bedroom, surrounded by books and dreams, I discovered a passion that would ignite my soul and shape the person I am today. Born into a working-class family in Jackson, Mississippi, my family knew education was the only path to life fulfillment and achievement. My family encouraged me to read, and I hungrily devoured all the books I was given. My personal childhood favorites were the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys detective books. It was through reading books that I knew I wanted to build strong connections, see different locations and experience other cultures.
My home was in Clinton, Mississippi, until we moved when I was seven years old to Irmo, South Carolina. Much to my father’s delight, I attended an all women’s college, Converse College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina for my undergrad degree. Growing up, my family took my brother and I on little trips to local war sites such as the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi; the USS Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama or the Cowpens National Battlefield in Gaffney, South Carolina. Going into college, I thought I wanted to be a historian or a Park Ranger, so I studied and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. But one day, when I was a senior in college, I was granted a work study program partnership with a domestic law firm as a runner, and the rest you can say… is history.
Coming from humble beginnings, I learned to love through the act of service, and working at a law firm was a daily grind of working for, and in the service of, others. I truly feel that the legal field can be a rewarding place to work when you are committed to doing your best with this in mind. After this enlightenment, I continued my education and earned a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2017. From 2018-2019, I had the privilege to intern for the first female US Senator for Mississippi, Cindy-Hyde Smith, in her Jackson, Mississippi field office. Following the internship, I was a law clerk, focusing my career mostly on elder law, business law and real estate transactions.
I married my husband, John McInnis IV, in Quitman, Mississippi in May of 2021 at Clarkco State Park, a place full of cherished family memories. As for a honeymoon, we simply jumped in the car and drove out west to see what was out there. We stayed with friends in Pine, Colorado and various spots around Wyoming for the majority of our travels. After coming back from our honeymoon, we decided to move out of Mississippi and landed in Nashville, Tennessee. I found the Crow Estate Planning and Probate law firm by combing through client reviews, and seeing who would align with my heart of service and thirst for knowledge. I feel I truly made the right choice, and I am proud to work alongside my colleagues.
I have been able to travel the world, and love to experience other cultures. My maternal family is located in Warboys, England and Kansas, USA. I spent a month-long “Conflicts of International Law” class in Merida, Mexico. A three-week “International Economics” class in Berlin, Germany, where I also spent time in Paris, France; and Rome and Milan, Italy. I have been to the beautiful territory of Nova Scotia, Canada where I went whale watching and ice wine tasting. My husband has also done a bit of world traveling although through a different lens. He served in the Mississippi National Guard where he was stationed in Kuwait and Iraq. He is currently serving in the Tennessee National Guard. We have two puppies named Atlas and Jupiter, and recently purchased a home in Smyrna, Tennessee.