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DAVID G. HILL

Founding Partner

(P) 662.234.4315  •  (F) 662.236.7996

(E) dhill@hmlf.net

EDUCATION

JURIS DOCTOR

University of Mississippi School of Law, University, Mississippi 1974

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Arts – History 1969

PROFESSIONAL
LEGAL EXPERIENCE 

David G. Hill is one Mississippi’s most experienced Litigation Lawyers.  Over the course of his career he has handled hundreds of courtroom cases and has over 100 cases reported for record in official law books.

His litigation experience has spanned a very broad spectrum in both State and Federal Court and in both civil and criminal cases.

Even though his experience is very rich in an array of very sophisticated litigation, his practice is now almost exclusively limited to criminal defense of the accused, insurance cases arising from claims by those who are wrongfully injured, and claims against government for illegal governmental conduct.

Detailed below are representative examples of some of David G. Hill’s cases reported in the law books, followed then by lists of representative cases not reported in the law books.  Some of the unreported cases are in fact pending.  The cases are divided into 3 general categories – 1) Criminal Cases, 2) Civil Rights Cases and 3) General Litigation/Insurance Cases.  And please note – these case listings are only examples.  Space does not allow for an exhaustive and complete history of David G. Hill’s litigated cases.  They are as follows:

I. Criminal Cases

1. Mease vs. State, 539 So.2d 1324 (MS 1989) – David G. Hill represented Mr. Mease in the capital murder case involving the death of the Marshall County, Mississippi Sheriff.  Mr. Mease was convicted of capital murder at his first trial in 1987 and given the death penalty.  On appeal, that conviction was reversed and the case was subsequently retried. Mr. Mease avoided the death penalty with a life verdict.  Even though David G. Hill had been practicing law for 10 plus years at this point and had already handled dozens of criminal cases, including 2 other capital murder cases, the very high profile Mease case involving the death of a very popular Sheriff thrust David G. Hill onto the scene of aggressive and successful North Mississippi criminal defense lawyers.  He has been a leading criminal defense lawyer in the area ever since.

2. USA vs. Russell, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 1986 – 649 F.Supp. 1402 (NDMS 1986) – Defendant’s Motion to Suppress sustained and evidence suppressed – the illegal search and seizure of Defendant’s property. 

3. USA vs. Moore, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 1984 – Defendant was accused in Federal Court of illegal possession of firearms and drugs.  He was acquitted on all charges. 

4. U.S. vs. Enzor, 23 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 509 (5th Circuit, 1987) – Defendant’s conviction for illegally manufacturing postal money orders reversed and remanded for a new trial.

5. Hentz vs. State, 488 So.2d 814 (MS 1986) – Defendant’s wrongful conviction for conspiracy to commit grand larceny was overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court.  The case was reversed and the defendant was discharged.

6. State vs. Funderburk, (2001) – Jury trial in Tunica County Circuit Court.  Defendant accused of embezzling $285,000.  Not guilty verdict all charges.

7. USA vs. Shaw, (2004) – Jury trial in Federal Court.  Defendant accused of bank fraud (approximately $500,000).  Not guilty verdict all charges.

8. USA vs. Ivy, (2005) – Jury trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on multiple drug charges.  Hung jury on all counts.  Defendant was subsequently discharged.

9. USA vs. Walker, (2009) – Jury trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.  Defendant was charged with multiple counts of running guns from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and Detroit.  Defendant acquitted on all charges.

10. State vs. King, (2007) – Defendant indicted on felony drug possession in Desoto County Circuit Court, Mississippi.  Case dismissed on Defendant’s successful Motion to Suppress Evidence.

11. State vs. Martin, (2008) – Defendant indicted on multiple drug charges in Marshall County Circuit Court, Mississippi. Jury trial. Defendant acquitted on all charges.

12. State vs. Jefferson, (1990) – Defendant indicted on felony drug possession charges in Marshall County Circuit Court, Mississippi.  Case dismissed on the Defendant’s successful Motion to Suppress Evidence as a result of illegal arrest and illegal search.

13. USA vs. Russell, (2004) – Defendant indicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on felony drug possession charges.  Case dismissed on Defendant’s successful Motion to Suppress Evidence as a result of illegal stop, arrest, and search.

14. USA vs. Payne, (1999) – Defendant indicted on multiple drug sale charges.  Jury trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.  Defendant acquitted on all charges.

15. State vs. Erby, (2008) - Defendant accused of multiple drug charges in Tippah County Circuit Court, Mississippi.  Jury Trial.  Defendant acquitted on all charges.

16. State vs. Williams, 53 So.3d 734 (Miss. 2010) – David G. Hill handled the appeal of Mr. Williams 2007 conviction for murder and life sentence.  On appeal his conviction was reversed and the case is pending for a new trial in the Lafayette County, Mississippi Circuit Court.

17. USA vs. Wokoma, (2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 24397) – Federal drug charges brought against the Defendant in the United the States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi were dismissed when the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Evidence as a result of an illegal traffic stop and illegal search.  The Defendant was discharged.

18. State vs. Thompson, Marshall County Circuit Court - Memphis father and son accused of drug running.  Probation for each on a negotiated plea at trial.

19. USA vs. Reed, United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi - Defendant accused of possession and passing counterfeit $100.00 bills.  Negotiated a plea of probation in federal court.  

20. State vs. Minor, Marshall County Circuit Court - Defendant was accused of DUI manslaughter; received two (2) years house arrest in a negotiated plea on the 2nd day of trial.

21. USA vs. Jones, United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi - Defendant accused of interstate transportation of minor for sex.  Prior to trial charges were amended and probation negotiated for the client.

22. State vs. Rockett, Yalobusha County Circuit Court - Defendant accused of possession drugs with intent to sell.  At trial the charges were reduced to simple possession and the Defendant received probation.  

II. Civil Rights Cases

1. Little vs. Master-Bilt Products, 506 F.Supp. 319 (N.D. Miss 1980) – The first class action sex discrimination lawsuit successfully tried to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on behalf of the Plaintiff class alleging discrimination in the hiring and promotion of female employees.

2. Spight vs. Tidwell Industries, 551 F.Supp. 123 (N.D. MS 1982) – A class action race discrimination lawsuit successfully tried to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi on behalf of the named Plaintiff and the Plaintiff class alleging discrimination in the hiring and promotion of employees on the basis of race.

3. Beckerman vs. City of Tupelo, Mississippi, 664 F.2d 502 (5th Cir. 1981) – A successful challenge pursuant to Code Section 42 USC §1983 to Tupelo, Mississippi’s unlawful parade and sound ordinances.

4. Laurenzo vs. Mississippi High School Activities Association, 708 F.2d 1038 (CA5 1983) – A successful challenge to the MHSAA regulations precluding certain transfer students from participating in a local high school’s extra curricular athletic activities.  The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit enjoined the offending regulation.

5. Jordan vs. City of Greenwood, Mississippi, 808 F.2d 1114 (5th Circuit 1987) – The Legal Services Corporation engaged David G. Hill to successfully pursue a recovery of attorney fees for the Legal Services Corporation in a discrimination case.

6. Thomas vs. City of New Albany, Mississippi, 901 F.2d 476 (5th Circuit 1990) – Excessive force, police misconduct case pursuant to 42 USC §1983 which was subsequently successfully settled.

7. Robinson vs. Webster County, Mississippi (1987) – A civil rights case pursuant to 42 USC 1983 for excessive force and denial of medical treatment under the 8th Amendment.  Jury trial resulted in a verdict for the Plaintiff.

8. Langford vs. Union County, Mississippi, (2003) – A civil rights case pursuant to 42 USC 1983 for a suicide hanging in the Union County, Mississippi Jail.  The case was successfully settled on the third day of trial.

9. Payne vs. Southaven, Mississippi, et al, (2006) – The Plaintiff sued Southaven, Mississippi and various police officers for violation of 42 USC 1983 as a result of false arrest and false imprisonment.  The case was successfully settled.

10. Payne vs. Olive Branch, Mississippi, et al, 130 Fed.Appx. 656 (5th Circuit 2005) – The Plaintiff, an elderly grandmother, sued Olive Branch and various police officers for the unlawful invasion of her home and her unlawful arrest, plus excessive force.  The case was successfully settled just prior to trial.

11. Johnson vs. Olive Branch, Mississippi – Plaintiff sued for the 17 year old Plaintiff being attacked by Olive Branch’s drug dog and resulting personal injury.  The case was successfully settled prior to trial.

12. Ricker vs. Sockwell and City of Oxford, Mississippi – The Plaintiff sued for the illegal warrantless invasion of his home and the excessive use of a taser weapon on him inside his own living room.  The case was very quickly settled by the Defendants.

13. Estate of Cheney vs. Collier et al – A wrongful death and denial of medical treatment case pursuant to the 8th Amendment against various Mississippi Department of Corrections individuals and Mississippi Department of Correction officials.  The case is pending in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

14. Smith vs. Kent, et al – The Plaintiff, a 13 year old, sues various New Albany, Mississippi police officers for his illegal arrest and detention, plus the unlawful use of force against him including the unnecessary and repeated use of a taser weapon.  The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

15.  Baxter vs. Hernando – A recently filed civil rights case under 42 USC §1983 seeking the Court to declare unconstitutional a particular city ordinance of the city of Hernando. 

16.  Madsen vs. DeSoto County School District, et al – Suit was filed on behalf of the Plaintiff, a female special education high school student who claimed to be sexually assaulted by a fellow student while at school. The suit was filed in US Federal Court against the North Mississippi school district, the principal, and other school officials for negligent supervision. This case settled for a confidential sum.

III. General Litigation

1. Sierra Club vs. Bergland, 451 F.Supp. 120 (NDMS 1978) – A successful environmental lawsuit brought under the National Environment Policy Act against the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Corps of Engineers and others, enjoining the channelization of the beautiful Tippah River which flows from West Tennessee into North Mississippi and ultimately Sardis Lake.

2. Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance vs. Franklin, 704 So.2d 89 (1997) – David G. Hill represented a Mississippi Judge who was brought before the Commission on Judicial Performance.

3. General Motors Corporation vs. Jackson, 636 So.2d 310 (MS 1992) – A tort action against the General Motors Corporation for personal injury resulting from a broken axle and resulting vehicle rollover.  The largest jury verdict in the state of Mississippi at that time.

4. Lucius, et al vs. Wyeth, et al, Calhoun County Circuit Court, Mississippi (2004) – A personal injury action against the manufacturer of the Fen-Phen diet drug resulting in a substantial Plaintiff settlement.

5. Lee vs. Sheraton Tunica Corporation, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi – A personal injury action against a Tunica casino for personal injuries, resulting in a substantial settlement for the Plaintiff.

6. Jarjoura vs. Fred’s One and Two Dollar Store, 370 So.2d 696 (MS 1979) – Summary judgment for the Defendant was reversed and remanded for a new trial in the Plaintiff’s case for false allegations of shoplifting.

7. Crist vs. Loyocano & Verhine, 65 So.3d 837 – Pending legal malpractice case recently reversed by the Mississippi Supreme Court concerning the wrongful settlement of the Plaintiffs’ cases against the manufacturers of the diet drug, Fen-Phen.

8. USA, Ex Rel Guernsey, Realtor vs. North Delta Mississippi Enterprise Community Development Corporation, et al, United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi - A federal qui tam action to recover monies allegedly misappropriated.  After the Complaint was filed and some early discovery completed, the case was promptly and successfully settled.  

 

The above cases are only representative samples of David G. Hill’s litigation experience.  Space simply does not allow for an exhaustive recitation of all of David G. Hill’s cases.

David G. Hill is one of Mississippi’s and the Mid-South’s most experienced litigation lawyers.

David G. Hill is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. 

He is also licensed to practice before all state courts for the State of Mississippi.  He has an application for admission pending to practice before all state courts for the State of Tennessee, and before the United States District Court for the Western Division of Tennessee, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

In addition to his required membership in the Mississippi Bar Association, David G. Hill is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

If you are hoping to find some sort of blog by David Hill, you won’t.  He doesn’t have a blog.  He doesn’t have time to write a blog.  David G. Hill spends his days in court advocating his client’s cases.  He spends his after hours getting ready to go to court to advocate his client’s cases.  Busy lawyers who have real cases representing real people with real problems don’t have time to just sit and…….."blog".

He is a “true believer” in the rights of the individual in our society and is a steadfast and aggressive advocate for the recognition and protection of those rights.  Please call or otherwise contact him if you think he can help you.