Senith C. Tipton

Senith Tipton is a founding shareholder of the firm who is currently retired from HAT. Senith practiced in the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi office. Senith holds the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. She handled primarily defense of medical professional malpractice claims, hospital and nursing home negligence claims, and insurance coverage matters. 

A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Senith is past president of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and was its first female president. She served as Chair of the Litigation and General Practice Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association and as a Fellow and a Trustee of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute, the primary national organization of defense attorneys. Senith was a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Professional Liability Defense Association, and the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society.


  • J.D., Mississippi College School of Law, Special Distinction, American Jurisprudence Awards in Insurance, American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts I, American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts II, American Jurisprudence Awards in Oil and Gas, American Jurisprudence Awards in Criminal Procedure and Remedies, Mississippi College Law Review, Senior Associate Editor, honors,1980
  • M.A., Mississippi College, 1964
  • B.A., Millsaps College, magna cum laude, 1962

Bar and Court Admissions

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

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2011-2013
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South Top 50 Women, 2011
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Capitol Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Board of Directors
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation