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James H. Heidelberg

Litigation Attorney at Pascagoula, MS

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1978
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JAMES H. HEIDELBERG is a lifelong resident of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and he has practiced law in Pascagoula since his admission to the Bar in January 1978.  His practice primarily involves trial and appellate litigation in the fields of personal injury, governmental law, and professional liability.  Mr. Heidelberg has briefed or argued over eighty cases to the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Heidelberg represents several Mississippi governmental agencies and political subdivisions and is an approved attorney for the Mississippi Tort Claims Board.  He is an approved arbitrator for both the Mississippi Bar's Court Annexed Mediation Project and the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD).  Mr. Heidelberg maintains an active mediation/arbitration practice and provides governmental and policy consultation to state and national clients, as well as advice to governmental entities and public officials.

Mr. Heidelberg received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Mississippi.  Mr. Heidelberg holds the distinction of being the first legal intern to present oral argument before the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1977, which resulted in the reversal of a capital murder conviction.  He is also a founding member of the University of Southern Mississippi Law Society.  As a dedicated Alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi, he has served in various positions on the USM Alumni Association and as a member of the USM Foundation.

Mr. Heidelberg is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Jackson County Bar Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Mississippi Claims Association, The Defense Research Institute, American Inns of Court, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel.  He has served on numerous committees of the state and local bar associations as well.

Mr. Heidelberg has held an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 1994 and has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” since 1999. In 2003, he received the Mississippi State Bar Distinguished Service Award.  He is listed annually in the publication “SuperLawyers - Mid-South Edition."  He is also included in "Best Lawyers in America" in seven fields of practice, such as Appellate Practice, Environmental Law, Legal Malpractice (Defense), Medical Malpractice (Defense), and Personal Injury (Defense).  In 2013, he was selected as "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Medical Malpractice, and in 2016, he was selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the area of Personal Injury Litigation.

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Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.
711 Delmas Ave
Pascagoula, MS, 39568-1407


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Posted by John Sneed | February 8, 2017
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I can recommend him and his firm without hesitation.
I first met Jimmy Heidelberg when his Pascagoula law firm joined our long time Gulfport defense team of Bryant & Stennis in the late 70’s. Soon thereafter we got sued, along with Travelers Insurance Company, for the Company’s denial of coverage over what appeared to be a case of arson, although never proved. We had a week long trail, and Jimmy was magnificent. I knew he was ready from the extensive preparation and attention to detail that I had noticed in the depositions leading to trail. His grasp of our profession and the way we did business was amazing. At trial, he impressed me with the way he took time to explain in layman’s language for the jury what our terms meant, and he was able to relate to intellectuals, as well as the non-educated on the jury, an important trait. From that time on, Jimmy has represented Stewart Sneed Hewes, including since our merger with BancorpSouth. I am struck by his integrity and by his honesty to adeptly tell one when to settle or to attack in trial. I can recommend him and his firm without hesitation. John B. President Emeritus Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance
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  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Hood ex rel. State Tobacco Litigation v. Governor Haley Barbour
  • Supreme Court affirmed judgment for client
  • Figueroa v. Orleans et al.
  • Jury Verdict for client


  • Mississippi Bar
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  • Mississippi Bar Foundation
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  • Jackson County Bar Association
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  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
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  • Mississippi Claims Association
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  • Defense Research Institute
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  • American Inns of Court
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  • Federal Defense and Corporate Counsel
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  • International Association of Defense Counsel
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
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Pascagoula Litigation Lawyer James H. Heidelberg
James H. Heidelberg
Litigation Attorney
Pascagoula, MS
Licensed for 45 years