Julie B. Mitchell is an equity shareholder at Hagwood and Tipton. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Health Law (LL.M. Health Law). She served as chair to the Mississippi Bar, Health Law Section for 2018-2019, and is named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Health Law and a Super Lawyer in health care law.

As an attorney whose initial focus has been health care law, Julie’s practice encompasses such matters as: stark, fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid payment issues, corporate compliance, CON law, provider and physician contracts, health care corporate matters, hospital law, DMEPOS matters, licensure and certification, HIPAA, nursing home law and health care integration.  She also works closely with the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, Mississippi Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, and the Mississippi State Department of Health as well as other state and federal agencies.

Julie is also uniquely suited to meet the needs of those getting involved in the cannabis industry.  Cannabis law is a quickly emerging field of law that requires navigation by professionals acquainted with state regulations. States across the country have embraced the use of medical marijuana, including Mississippi.  Julie is by trade a healthcare attorney who brings a wealth of knowledge, contacts, and years of experience working with health care providers and state regulators to the medical cannabis industry.  She assists clients with the application process, developing standard operating procedures (SOPs), obtaining trademarks and service marks, drafting and/or negotiating various business contracts, franchise agreements, audits and appeals, employment matters including policies and procedures, legal challenges as well as compliance issues. 

As cannabis businesses face challenges with state regulations, Julie is available to provide guidance and advice regarding cannabis law.  Also, if you want to cultivate, process, distribute, dispose, or recommend, or have any additional questions about what the Mississippi cannabis laws mean for you, Julie can help you sort out what you need.

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  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • LL.M – 1997
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. – 1995
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • B.B.A. – 1992
    • Major: Marketing and Management

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1995
  • Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th  Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 2005-Present
  • American Health Care Association, Associate Member
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member, 1995-Present
  • Mississippi Health Care Association, Associate Member
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Madison County Business League (Member of Health and Wellness Committee)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “BUY LEGAL, BUY SAFE!” MS Legislative Committee Meeting | Mississippi State Capitol – December 20, 2023
  • MS Cannabis Laws | Mississippi Hospital Association – October 13, 2023
  • A Blunt Look at MS Medical Cannabis Act | HPIC’s 2023 Risk Management Summit (MMM) – May 18, 2023
  • “You Got a Card…Now What??” | Lucky Leaf Expo – May 5-6, 2023
  • Presenter, “A Blunt Look at Mississippi Medical Cannabis & Hemp Law” |CannaCon – February 24-25, 2023
  • Presenter. “GAME ON! What you need to know as a Healthcare Provider” | Corporate Compliance and HIPAA Basics – February 18, 2023
  • Presenter, “The Crop Is In! Medical Marijuana Update – What’s Changed, What Hasn’t, and More….” |
  • Presenter, Winter MMA (Mississippi Municipal Attorneys’ Association) – January 11, 2023
  • “Medical Marijuana in Health Care Settings” |  Health Law Section of the Mississippi Bar – December 7, 2022
  • “What you Need to Know Now: Mississippi Medical Cannabis Toolkit” | Mississippi Hospital Association – October 14, 2022
    • Also assisted MHA in creating a Communications Toolkit to assist hospitals regarding in-depth, personal analysis of hospital policies and procedures.
  • Speaker, Lucky Leaf Expo – October 7-8, 2022
  • Speaker, Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act | Rural Hospital Alliance – September 8, 2022
  • Presenter, “Getting into the Weeds” with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program | CannaOne Bizcon Expo – July 7-9, 2022
  • Presenter, “Getting into the Weeds” with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program | Mississippi Hospital Association – April 7, 2022
  • Presenter, “Getting into the Weeds” with the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Crossroads Human Resources Association – March 30, 2022
  • Presenter, “Medical Marijuana and a Municipality’s Role” | Mississippi Municipal Attorneys’ Association – January 12, 2022
  • Presenter, “Mississippi Medical Marijuana Update: Back to School with Government Audits”| Mississippi Health Law Section – December 7, 2021
  • Presenter, “Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana and Post-Acute Care” |Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – July 28-30, 2021
  • Presenter, “Have U Been PICed?: Understanding Government Audit and Appeals,” Virtual Conference | Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – July 30, 2020
  • Presentation moderator, “Health Law Lagniappe” | Mississippi Bar’s Health Law Section, Jackson, Mississippi – March 29, 2019
  • Presenter, “Corporate Compliance 101: Back to Basics” | Mid-South Rehab Services – Jan. 26, 2019
  • Guest lecturer, “The Business of Healthcare” | Mississippi College School of Law – Nov. 14, 2018
  • Panel member, “An Interprofessional Approach to the Opioid Crisis in Mississippi” | University of Mississippi School of Law and School of Pharmacy Interprofessional Education Symposium – Oct. 5, 2018
  • Presenter, “The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here” | Mississippi Paralegal Association, Fall Seminar – Sept. 27, 2018
  • Presenter, “Top 10 Reasons to Get You in Front of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure” | Mississippi State Medical Association Resident Dinner & Discussion – Sept. 18, 2018
  • Presenter, “The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here” | Mississippi Bar’s Health Law Section, Jackson, Mississippi – April 20, 2018
  • Presenter, “Fraud & Abuse in the Post-Acute Care Setting” | Mississippi College School of Law Health Care Compliance Boot Camp, Clinton, Mississippi – April 12-13, 2018
  • Presenter, “Dealing with a Worthless Services Allegation” | American Health Lawyers Association Long-Term Care and the Law, New Orleans, Louisiana – Feb. 28 to March 2, 2018
  • Presenter, “The Opioid Crisis” | University of Mississippi School of Law, Last Chance CLE Medical Board Regulations Governing Chronic Pain Management, Ridgeland, Mississippi – Sept. 29, 2017
  • Presenter, “Your Facility Compliance & Ethics Program and Dealing with a Worthless Service Allegation” | Foundation Health Services, Inc./Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Biloxi, Mississippi – Aug. 23, 2017
  • Presenter, “Fraudulent Claims with Medicaid and Medicare in Mississippi” | University of Mississippi School of Law’s Mississippi Law Update, Natchez, Mississippi – April 29, 2017