Hiawatha Northington II


  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Hiawatha Northington II is Managing Partner of the Jackson office of GRSM and is a member of the Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability practice groups. His practice encompasses a wide range of complex litigation matters, including professional liability and insurance coverage in state and federal courts.

    After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Hiawatha completed a two-year clerkship for the Hon. Charles R. McRae of the Supreme Court of Mississippi.  Since entering private practice, Hiawatha has spent the last twenty-five years successfully representing small towns and large municipalities, closely-held corporations and large multinational companies, and individuals and insurance companies in a variety of litigated matters. His experience includes complex commercial disputes and representation of defendants in products liability, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional liability claims; premises liability litigation; fair housing proceedings; class actions; consumer fraud cases; labor and employment matters; and white-collar criminal and governmental investigations. He has successfully first-chaired dozens of bench and jury trials across Mississippi and Louisiana in both federal and state courts, and he has represented numerous clients in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local boards and agencies and in arbitration. His experience has also allowed him to successfully resolve hundreds of claims prior to trial, through motion practice and mediation.

    Hiawatha also has extensive experience in legal research and writing, handling appeals in both state and federal court, and serving as an Adjunct Professor of legal writing and appellate advocacy at the Mississippi College School of Law for ten years.


    • Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
    • Supreme Court of Mississippi
    • Supreme Court of Texas 


    • State Bar of Mississippi
    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Bar Association
    • Magnolia Bar Association

    Community Involvement

    • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, Canton-Madison (MS) Alumni Chapter
      • Founder
      • Vice-Polemarch, 2002-2004
      • Polemarch, 2004-2006
      • Guide Right Chair, 2018-present
      • Advisor, Central Mississippi Kappa League, 2018-present
    • Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Madison County Alumni Chapter
    • Past Board Member, Crossroads Film Society
    • Past Board Member, The Oaks House Museum
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    • Obtained eight-figure verdict on behalf of family of driver against automotive manufacturer for defective component in tire assembly
    • Successfully defended surplus lines carrier and obtained summary judgment on claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in lawsuit for failure to renew policy
    • Obtained confidential settlement on behalf of double amputee against automotive manufacturer following post-collision fuel fed fire
    • Successfully represented property owner in breach of contract action against the federal government for failure to honor housing development agreement following Hurricane Katrina
    • Successfully secured nominal settlement for property owner in premises liability case involving shooting on premises that left plaintiff partially paralyzed
    • Successfully obtained subrogation payment for employer against third party liability carrier based on prior representation of claimant employee in underlying medical negligence case of surgical error
    • Obtained confidential settlement for multinational corporation in action against former attorneys for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty
    • Successfully represented family land trust in action against successor property owner for remediation of environmental contamination
    • Obtained seven-figure settlement for retired veteran who suffered acute liver failure as a result of ingestion of pharmaceutical drug which was subsequently removed from the market

    Representative Reported Cases

    • Bennett v. Hill-Boren, P.C., 52 So. 3d 364 (Miss. 2011)
    • Potomac Ins. Co. of Illinois v. Adams, 997 So. 2d 238 (Miss. App. 2008)
    • Dorrough v. Wilkes, 817 So. 2d 567 (Miss. 2002)
    • Fennell v. Stewart, 807 So. 2d 1262 (Miss. App. 2001)
  • Education


    J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1996

    • Member, The Review of Litigation

    B.B.A., summa cum laude, Accounting, Jackson State University, 1993

    • Phi Kappa Phi


    2019 Leader in Law, Mississippi Business Journal

    2010-2012 Mid-South Rising Stars

    2001 Lawyer of the Year, Mississippi Conference of the Branches of NAACP