H. Hunter Twiford, III

Hunter is a senior litigator and head of the Commercial Litigation section in the Jackson, Mississippi office of McGlinchey Stafford, where he also serves as managing partner. He has over 33 years of practice experience, with emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions and mass actions, consumer financial services litigation and complex lender liability litigation. He represents primarily lenders and financial institutions named as defendants.

Since joining McGlinchey in the fall of 2003, Hunter has acted as lead trial counsel in class actions against major national banks and mortgage lenders, lead trial counsel defending a major national bank and its subsidiaries in dozens of mass actions filed in state and federal courts throughout Mississippi, and lead trial counsel defending a GSE involved in major federal litigation involving significant contract and IP issues. Prior to joining McGlinchey, Hunter was a named partner in a north Mississippi law firm. He has had extensive litigation experience in a wide variety of cases, including mass action defense, civil rights defense (including law enforcement liability), employment law and criminal defense. Hunter has been lead counsel in numerous jury trials tried to verdict in multiple federal and state courts, including a number of cases of statewide and regional interest.

Hunter presently serves as a member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, and was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to a fourth term on that body, which is responsible for administering bar examinations in Mississippi. Hunter writes the federal and state practice portions of the bar examinations. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Coahoma Community College for 27 years, teaching courses in business law and real estate.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Experienced mediator and Instructor
  • Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators Panelist

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

Certified mediator

Professional Licenses

Admitted to the Bar: Mississippi; U.S. District Court: Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships, Honors, Professional Associations

  • Coahoma County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association (Chairman, State of Mississippi 1990-2003)
  • Lamar Order (sustaining member)
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation (Fellow; Trustee 2000-03; President-Elect, 2006-07)
  • Mississippi Bar Technology Committee (Charter Member; Chairman 1999-2000, 2000-01; Executive Committee, 1997-2006)
  • Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions (1997 – 2006, writes “State and Federal Practice” portions of bar exams)
  • Mississippi Municipal Association City Attorneys Section (President 1995-96)
  • William C. Keady American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench (Program Co-Chairman 1998-2003)
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics

Education

University of Mississippi (BA – 1971; JD – 1972)

Location

Office located in Jackson, Mississippi

Areas of Concentration

Business Disputes

CLE and Teaching

  • Large Firm Focus Panel Discussion, “New Orleans, New Law: Community Revival with Technology,” sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association and Legal Electronic Document Institute. New Orleans, LA (May 23, 2006)
  • Instructor, Litigation Skills at the “Critical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys” co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Jackson, MS (May 19 , 2006)
  • “Questions (and Some Lessons) from the Mississippi Hurricane Experience - The State's CDBG Grant Recovery Program and the Post-Katrina Storm Surge of Litigation” - American Bar Association, Section of Business Law Spring Meeting, Banking Law Section, Tampa, FL (April 9, 2006)
  • “Post-Katrina Litigation in Mississippi” - American Bar Association, Section of Business Law Spring Meeting, Consumer Financial Services Section, Tampa, FL (April 8, 2006)
  • “The Class Action Fairness Act” - The Credit Law Institute in conjunction with The Conference on Consumer Finance Law – Consumer Credit 2005 Seminar, Dallas, TX (November 4-5, 2005)
  • “CAFA’s New 'Minimal Diversity' Standard For Interstate Class Actions Creates A Presumption That Jurisdiction Exists, With The Burden of Proof Assigned To The Party Opposing Jurisdiction,” Miss. C.L. Rev. (forthcoming Spring 2006), available at http://www.mcglinchey.com/images/pdf/intE11.DOC (co-authored with Anthony Rollo and John T. Rouse)
  • “Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Electronic Discovery,” The MDLA Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 1, Spring 2006 (co-authored with Adam H. Gates)
  • CAFA Law Blog - www.cafalawblog.com — 9/ 2005 to date. Hunter is an Editor of the CAFA Law Blog, the first blog in the country to focus on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) and the cases interpreting and implementing the act.
  • “Resorting to CAFA's Legislative History Resolves some Ambiguity,” Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Volume 9, Issue 10 – November 2, 2005 (co-authored with Anthony Rollo and Gabriel A. Crowson)
  • “Solo/Small Firm Handbook” – 2001 Published by the Mississippi Bar. Wrote or revised several chapters on technology, law office management and related topics
  • “2001-A Legal Technological Odyssey” The Mississippi Lawyer - 1/2001 Vol. XLVII, No. 3
  • “Technology Tomorrow: A Glimpse into the Crystal Ball” The Mississippi Lawyer - 3/2001 Vol. XLVII, No. 4
  • Mississippi Annexation Law, Lex Press – 1992