Mediator's Profile


James Heidelberg

Business Name: Heidelberg Steinberger PA

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. James’ practice primarily involves trial and appellate litigation in the fields of personal injury, governmental law, and professional liability. He has briefed or argued over eighty cases to the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

He represents several Mississippi governmental agencies and political subdivisions and is an approved attorney for the Mississippi Tort Claims Board.

Additionally, James is an approved arbitrator for both the Mississippi Bar’s Court Annexed Mediation Project and the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). He 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.

James 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. He 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.

James 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.


  • University of Mississippi, JD, 1977
  • University of Southern Mississippi, BS, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1978

Court Admissions

  • Mississippi Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama

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