Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Hunter attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1976. While at Millsaps, Hunter received the Scholar-Leader-Athlete Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Following college, Hunter attended Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review
After graduation from law school, Hunter served almost two years as a law clerk to Walter L. Nixon, Jr., U.S. District Judge in Biloxi, Mississippi, returning to Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1981 to practice law. In 1986, Hunter began the law firm of Lundy & Dwight that was later renamed Lundy & Davis. Hunter has been a guest lecturer in seminars for numerous colleges, law schools and bar associations on the subject of the First Amendment, personal injury and toxic tort law. In 1993, Hunter was inducted into the Millsaps College Sports Hall of fame and in May of 1994, was recognized by the Mississippi College School of Law Alumni Association as the “Lawyer of the Year.” In 1998, Hunter received the Millsaps College Distinguished Athletic Alumni Award. Hunter is the coauthor of the Chapter “Jury Selection” in the Mississippi Code of Civil Procedure.
Hunter is a member of the Louisiana and Mississippi State Bars, the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Trail Lawyers Association and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association where he has served on the Board of Directors since 1996 and the Council of Directors since 1998. Hunter is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the American Trail Lawyer’s Association where he has been a member of the Leaders Forum since 2001. Hunter has been on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee of many class action lawsuits including one that was settled in 1998 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, resulting in the relocation of an entire community that had been contaminated with ethylene dichloride. Hunter presently serves as lead counsel in many toxic tort cases throughout the Southeast United States. From 1999 to 2002, Hunter served as lead counsel for a over 5,000 people in Columbus, MS and 3,000 in Bossier, LA whose health and homes were impacted from toxic chemicals emanating from nearby wood preserving plants. These cases were resolved amicably.
In 1991, Hunter served as lead counsel to Marvin Gorman in the highly publicized defamation trial of Marvin Gorman v. Jimmy Swaggart, which resulted in a $10 million verdict for Reverend Marvin Gorman after a ten-week trial. Hunter authored a nonfiction book as a result of his experiences in the trial drama of Gorman v. Swaggart entitled Let Us Prey, which was released by Genesis Press in March 1999.
In 1996, Hunter, a novice to politics, entered the Seventh Congressional District race in a field of eight candidates and made the runoff by the second closest vote in United States History, ultimately losing in the runoff to Chris John by a narrow margin of fifty-two to forty-eight percent of the vote.
Hunter is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Mississippi College School of Law, the M Club of Millsaps College, and the National Wildlife Federation’s President Council and is a member of the Inner Circle of the McNeese State University Foundation. Hunter is also a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Hunter has three children Johnny, Tricia and Trevor.