The Chatham Law Firm has been a leader in serving individuals and families in North Mississippi since the firm was founded by Gerald Weissinger Chatham in 1932. A native son of Hernando, Mr. Chatham served in the Mississippi House of Representatives, as Desoto County Prosecuting Attorney, Desoto County Superintendent of Education, District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Mississippi. As District Attorney, Mr. Chatham prosecuted the defendants in the infamous Emmett Till murder trial, answering the call of duty and presenting a thorough and vigorous case at trial under difficult circumstances.

His son, Gerald W. Chatham, Sr. also served as the District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District for three terms before returning to the private practice of law. In private practice, Mr. Chatham consistently received the coveted “preeminent” attorney rating, the highest rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Chatham was also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (Abota) having tried over 100 jury trials to conclusion. In 2012, Mr. Chatham was elected as Circuit Judge for the 17th Judicial District serving the same five-county jurisdiction in North Mississippi as his father did. Upon his departure to the bench, Mr. Chatham entrusted the Chatham Law Firm to his law partner and son in-law, Steven W. Pittman, the two having merged their respective law practices in 2005.


Upon graduation from law school in 1988, Jamie W. Howell Jr. began practicing law at the Gilder Law Firm, founded in 1967 and headed by the legendary Mid-South trial lawyer and tactician Robert G. “Bob” Gilder. Gilder Law Firm was opened in the Southaven, Mississippi area long before Southaven was incorporated as a city and is the oldest continual law firm in Southaven. Jefferson D. Gilder, the son of Robert G. Gilder, joined his father’s firm in 1990 working alongside Jamie W. Howell Jr. where the two were mentored directly by Mr. Gilder. In 1993, Mr. Howell left Gilder Law Firm to begin a solo practice while Jefferson D. Gilder stayed on as a partner. Gilder & Howell, Attorneys, was founded in July 2000 upon the passing of Robert G. Gilder on the strong foundation of litigation experience gleaned from their time spent with Mr. Gilder.


Today, Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman carries on the legal ideals, ethical priorities, and strong work ethic in every personal injury case, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability case we handle.

  • We believe moral correctness is more important than political correctness.
  • We believe that all constitutional and human rights are essential and important, which is why we strive to protect individuals and small businesses from those who might attempt to take advantage of them.
  • We believe our clients are always our top priority and that they always deserve the best counsel and resolution possible.
  • We believe in our justice system and that, in some cases, getting your case before a jury is the best way to ensure your injuries are assessed fairly and that you are getting the compensation you need to move on with your life.
  • We believe in treating you with respect and not like a second-class citizen or just another number. We’re here to serve you, and we are pleased to do it.


Not every dispute will go to court but you need an attorney who is prepared to see your case through negotiations or all the way to trial. Each of our lawyers is an accomplished trial attorney with years of courtroom experience. Our office provides aggressive and unparalleled service to clients in courts throughout Olive Branch, Horn Lake, and all of North Mississippi from our offices in Southaven and Hernando.


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Whether you visit Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman because of a referral or because you hold the same beliefs we do, we encourage you to call our law offices in Southaven and Hernando at 662-222-0597 or send us a message to set up a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.