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Attorney Paul Chiniche is a trial attorney who  practices in both State and Federal Court in cases that involve a vast array of legal areas including, criminal law, business and contract litigation. With a background in business and having worked as both a tax accountant and auditor, Mr. Chiniche is routinely engaged by clients seeking business consulting and enforcement services through litigation. Mr. Chiniche is an active trial attorney with a case load that requires his regular appearance in courtrooms across Mississippi. He has built his practice on hard work, meticulous trial preparation, and by giving his personal attention to each client one case at a time.
Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney/FounderChiniche Law Firm, PLLCJune 2006 – Present
Attorney (Of Counsel)Hill & Minyard, P.A.Oxford, MS06/2006-07/2010
Associate AttorneyDenham, Backstrom, O'Barr & Hollingsworth, Ltd.July 2004 – May 2006
Associate AttorneyDenham, Backstrom, O'Barr & Hollingsworth, Ltd.Ocean Springs, MS07/2004-05/2006
Law ClerkLaw Office of Myles Jacobsen2003 – 2004
Law ClerkThe Tollison Law FirmJune 2003 – July 2003
Law ClerkTrumbull Services/Hartford Insurance Company2002 – 2002
AccountantSmith, Turner & Reeves, P.A.June 2000 – August 2001
AccountantHutton, Nelson &McDonald, LLPJanuary 1999 – May 2000
AccountantDreyer Medical ClinicJuly 1998 – January 1999
School Degree Major Graduation
Western New England University School of LawJD Law SchoolN/A  
University of MississippiBachelors of AccountancyN/A
State / Court Date
Mississippi2004
  • Mississippi State Bar (MS Bar)
    American Bar Association (ABA)
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)        
    Lafayette County Bar Association        
    Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA)
    Mississippi Association for Justice (former)
    American Association for Justice (former)        
  • -(Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2014), National Trial Lawyers, 2015

    -Moot Court Member, Trial Team; Western New England College School of Law (National Trial Competition: Portland, Maine 2003)

    -University of Mississippi, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • Injury/Insurance/Tort Law/Workers Compensation: 18 Wheeler Accident – Mr. Chiniche and co-counsel represented a North Mississippi man after his vehicle collided with an 18 Wheeler. Who was “at fault” was a contested issue that resulted in the parties going to trial. Near the conclusion of the Plaintiff’s case, Mr. Chiniche and co-counsel secured a settlement for their client in the amount of $350,000.00 when the Court recessed the trial for lunch. This case was settled without waiting for a verdict from the jury. 18 Wheeler Accident – Mr. Chiniche and co-counsel represented a 23 year old Louisiana student who was driving home with his mother after visiting relatives for the Thanksgiving holidays when they had an accident with an 18 wheeler in Rankin County, Mississippi, along Interstate 20. The driver and his mother incurred medical expenses in the months following the accident and after almost a week long trial in the U.S. District Court in Natchez, the jury, before comparing the fault of both parties, awarded the student and his mother $80,000.00 for past, present, and future medical expenses. 18 Wheeler Accident – Mr. Chiniche represented a female student at the University of Mississippi who was a guest-passenger in a vehicle hit by an tractor-truck trailer carrying supplies to a retailer in Oxford, Mississippi. The student incurred medical expenses after having suffered soft tissue injuries (head, neck, and back) in the wreck when her upper body hit the support beam in the vehicle’s cabin. The case settled for a confidential sum. Insurance Claim (Homeowners Insurance) – After a devastating fire, Mr. Chiniche represented a homeowner from Water Valley, Mississippi, in negotiating a favorable policy limit settlement for fire damage with her insurance carrier in excess of $160,000.00. This amount was in addition to other amounts already paid under the homeowner’s policy. Federal Workers Compensation – Mr. Chiniche represented an Air Traffic Control Technician at a U.S. Naval Air Base when a psychiatric disability rendered him unable to work. Mr. Chiniche filed a federal workers compensation case under 5 U.S.C.A. § 8101, et.al. under a complicated theory of legal liability termed a “mental-mental” disability. Mr. Chiniche’s client was awarded past, present, and future medical care as it related to his work disability along with lost wages during the employee’s rehabilitation. Mississippi Workers Compensation – Mr. Chiniche represented an employee injured while performing duties at one of the nations largest building supply retailer. The employee suffered soft tissue injuries and was out of work for almost two years. The case settled for a confidential sum. Medical Negligence – Mr. Chiniche and co-counsels represented an elderly woman suffering from renal disease who was neglected by nursing staff at a north Mississippi medical facility causing a hip fracture. The case settled for a confidential sum. Assault/Battery – Mr. Chiniche represented an 18 year old young man assaulted while at work which resulted in the young man suffering maxillofacial injuries. This case settled for a confidential sum without a lawsuit having to be filed. Motor Vehicle Accident – Mr. Chiniche secured a favorable settlement for a school teacher in Gautier, Mississippi, after another vehicle collided with the vehicle carrying her and her husband along U.S. Highway 90. Following the accident, the school teacher required surgery to repair back and spinal disk injuries. This teacher settled her claim with the insurance company representing the at-fault party for policy limits in the amount of $100,000.00. Civil Rights Violation – Mr. Chiniche and co-counsel represented a female special education high school student who claimed to be sexually assaulted by a fellow student while at school. The student filed suit against the north Mississippi school district, the principal, and other school officials in federal court for negligent supervision. This case settled for a confidential sum.

  • Criminal Law Criminal Law – Mr. Chiniche represented a young man from Tennessee indicted on a murder charge by a Marshall County grand jury. After a careful review of the evidence in the case and after successfully arguing that his client had no role in such an unfortunate incident and that a fellow co-defendant’s story did not match the evidence in the case, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges against Mr. Chiniche’s client before trial. Criminal Law - State Court charges of conspiracy to commit sale of controlled substance in violation of Miss. Code Ann. §41-29-139 tried to a jury and resulted in a hung jury/mistrial. Criminal Law - Successfully defended an North Mississippi adult on charges of forgery/counterfeiting before the United States District Court - Northern District of Mississippi; indictment was dismissed. Criminal Law – Mr. Chiniche represented a young man charged with burglary of a dwelling with intent to commit larceny in Lafayette County’s Circuit Court. After a two-day trial and an alleged “eye witness” to the crime, the jury returned an acquittal or “not guilty” verdict. Criminal Law – Mr. Chiniche and David G. Hill represented a Detroit, Michigan, man and father of two, under a multi-count federal indictment involving allegations of having violated the federal firearms statute and gun trafficking. After a week long trial in the U.S. District Court in Oxford, the jury returned an acquittal on all counts as contained in the indictment. Criminal Law – Mr. Chiniche, David G. Hill, and other co-counsel represented multiple defendants charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine under 21 U.S.C. § 841, et.seq. After the defendants were convicted in the U.S. District Court, Mr. Chiniche and co-counsels filed an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth (5th) Circuit – after oral argument was granted, the Fifth Circuit appellate panel reversed the defendants conviction based upon an illegal search and seizure issue and remanded their case back to the trial court. All charges were later dismissed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Criminal Law – Mr. Chiniche represented a University employee charged with the domestic assault of a family member; after trial, the Court rendered a verdict of not guilty on all counts.

  • Publications and Presentations:

    “Update and Current Issues in Criminal Law – State and Federal Cases.” Presented at the CLE by the Hour, UM Center for Outreach, Hilton Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, December 2, 2013.
       “Lesson Learned – Launching a Domestic Practice in a Tough Economy” – Sponsored by The University of Mississippi – Center for Continuing Legal Education. Presented at the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, Mississippi, September 23, 2011.
       “Motions to Supress following Illegal Searches and Seizures.” Presented at the Mississippi Association for Justice’s Lunch and Learn, Oxford, Mississippi, May 19, 2011.
       “The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine – Does it Still Exist?” (MAJ’s The Closing Argument, Volume IX, Issue No. 45, February 2011)
    “Defending Contempt Issues in Tough Economic Times” – Sponsored by The University of Mississippi – Center for Continuing Legal Education. Presented at the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, Mississippi, September 17, 2010.
    “Changing the Rules of the Game; An Update on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” Presented at the Mississippi Association for Justice’s Lunch and Learn, Oxford, Mississippi, May 18, 2010
    Letter to the Editor, regarding the Mississippi Working Person’s Act, (Mississippi’s House Bill No.237, Amendment I) in The Oxford Eagle Newspaper. January, 2007.
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Paul A Chiniche
1200 Jefferson Ave
Suite 200B
Oxford, MS 38655
34.3681491,-89.5175597

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1200 Jefferson Ave
Suite 200B
Oxford, MS 38655


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  • Chiniche Law Firm, PLLC., is located in Oxford, MS and represents clients in Mississippi including Oxford, MS, Batesville, MS, Water Valley, MS, Grenada, MS, Jackson, MS, Madison, MS, Senatobia, MS, Southaven, MS, Horn Lake, MS, Olive Branch, MS, Walls, MS, Byhalia, MS, Holly Springs, MS, Tupelo, MS, Columbus, MS, West Point, MS, Starkville, MS, Hattiesburg, MS, Biloxi, MS, Ocean Springs, MS, Gulfport, MS, and Bay St. Louis, MS

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