JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Former Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC, which is a litigation boutique. It’s leading practice is representing policyholders affected by natural disasters. Hood will serve as counsel in the firm’s Jackson office.

“When these catastrophes hit and unfortunately they’re hitting a lot more frequent you know storms , fires floods I mean look at Nashville right now,” Hood said. “This catastrophe with coronavirus insurance companies are denying claims that businesses have for business disruption insurance.”

Hood says he hopes to stay on the front-line in dealing with those issues as well as cyber and technology issues.

Hood will also be assisting the Mississippi and other Attorney General’s offices on lawsuits including the lawsuit against google.

“Over his exemplary career as a public servant, Jim demonstrated a genuine concern for victims of injustice that aligns with the values of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley and makes him an ideal addition,” WMC Chairman August Matteis said. “Jim is a gifted legal strategist and trial lawyer, but the heart that he brings to his matters is what sets him apart.”

Hood will lead WMC’s State Attorneys General practice by representing states in their efforts to hold companies liable for harm to consumers and economic damage to states. He will not be working at WMC on specific matters that he oversaw as attorney general.

For the past several years, WMC has represented the State of Mississippi in a number of Hurricane Katrina-related lawsuits against insurance companies.

“During my time as attorney general, I hired a lot of excellent law firms, and Weisbrod Matteis & Copley is the equal of any of them,” Hood said. “I have the greatest respect for the work they have done across the country, and particularly in my state following Hurricane Katrina. This move only underlines WMC’s commitment to the Gulf South region.”