Jeff J. Turnage


Jeff Turnage serves as general counsel for the City of Columbus and the Columbus Housing Authority. Otherwise, he primarily practices in litigation. Mr. Turnage’s primary focus is in construction litigation, defense of engineer liability claims, medical negligence and long-term care claims, as well as personal injury claims. Jeff also defends employers in EEOC related claims and claims against governmental entities.



  • The College of Charleston, South Carolina Business Administration, B.S., 1982
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1992; Mississippi Law Journal; Moot Court Board, Trial Division Chairman; Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity; Westlaw Student Representative


  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Lowndes County Bar

Case History

  • Civil Rights Litigation
    • Hines v. City of Columbus, et al, 1:21-CV-52-DMB-RP (N.D. Miss. 2022) (summary judgment in use-of-force Civil Rights Act death case).

    • Moore v. City of Columbus, MS, 2013 WL 1899931 (N.D. Miss. 2013)
    • Fuhgetaboutit, LLC v. City of Columbus Police Dep’t, 2011 WL 4916148 (N.D. Miss. 2009)
    • Elia Agundis v. John Rice, et al, 2:17-cv-00536-JEO, (N.D. Ala, 7/16/2018) (dismissal with prejudice)
  • Civil Service Litigation
    • Conwill v. City of Columbus, 293 So.3d 297 (Miss. Ct. App. 2020) (affirming discharge for excessive at-fault motor vehicle accidents)

    • Howard v. City of Columbus, 289 So.3d 755 (Miss. Ct. App. 2020) (affirming disciplinary action for police misconduct)
  • Construction Arbitration and Litigation
    • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Qore, Inc. et al, 2009 WL 1106826 (N.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Contract Litigation
    • City of Columbus v. Pro-Fire, 2009 WL 3062475 (N.D. Miss. 2009)
  • Electric Utility Litigation
    • City of Starkville v. 4 County Electric Power Ass’n, 909 So. 2d 1094 (Miss. 2005)
    • Eastman v. Prentiss County Electric Power Ass’n, Lauderdale County Circuit Court, CA 91-CV-016(B) aff’d Miss. Ct. App.(unreported)
    • United Capitol Ins. Co. v. Pontotoc Electric Power Ass’n, 196 F.3d 1257 (5th Cir. 1999)
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
    • Shepard v. Prairie Anesthesia Associates, et al, 86 So. 3d 922 (Miss. App. 2011) cert. denied, 94 So. 3d 290 (Miss. 2012)
  • Open Meetings Act Litigation
    • Colom Law Firm, LLC v. Bd. of Trustees, 16 So. 3d 692 (Miss.2009)
  • Personal Injury Litigation
    • Glasner v. McCrary West Const. Co., Miss. Sup. Ct., CA 96-TS-1134 (1996) (unreported)
  • Premises Liability
    • Heard v. Intervest Corp., 856 So. 2d 359 (Miss. 2003)
  • Title VII, Race, Age and Sex Claims
    • Garrett-Greer v. Key Staff Source, 2010 WL 1948898 (N.D. Miss. 2009)
    • Reginald Adams v. City of Columbus, MS, et al., 1:20-CV-95-SA-DAS (N.D. Miss. 2021) (dismissal with prejudice)
  • Toxic Tort
    • Kerr-McGee v. Maranatha Faith Center, Inc., 873 So. 2d 103 (Miss. 2004)


  • Author, NEPOTISM AND ETHICS, “Can a Member of a Political Subdivision Hire Family and If So, When?”

Other Achievements/Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated – Martindale Hubbell
  • Certified Instructor – State of Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training
  • President, Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association , 2018-2020

Previous Employment

  • United States Marine Corps, Active Duty Infantry, (1982-1986)
  • United States Marine Corps, Reserve Artillery, (1986-1991)-Last Rank Captain
  • Warner Wells Insurance Agency, Greenwood, MS (1986-1989)

Court Admissions

  • All Federal and State Courts in Mississippi and United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit.

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi


  • 1992