Attorney Profile

jkelly-profileAttorney James L. Kelly, is dedicated to fairness and justice. As an experienced and highly respected lawyer, Mr. Kelly zealously defends individuals suspected or charged with committing misdemeanor or felony crimes. This firm also serves clients in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, child custody, wills, and estates.  We practice before all courts in the State of Mississippi, with special emphasis in Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties.


  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., 1983

Law School

  • University of Mississippi, Law Center, J.D., 1986


  • 1987 – Mississippi; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2010 – United States Supreme Court


  • The Mississippi Bar (Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division, 1995-1996)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mississippi Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2008
  • Wesley Chapel Church, Jackson, Mississippi

Prior Law Related Employment and Affiliations

  • Assistant District Attorney, Madison and Rankin Counties, 1992-1998
  • Assistant District Attorney, Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne Counties, 1988-1991
  • Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Special Assistant Attorney General, 1987-1988

Reported Cases

  • Pearl River Valley Water Supply Dist. v. Bridges, 878 So.2d 1013 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004)
  • State of Mississippi v. Justin Underwood, 708 So.2d 18 (Miss. 1998)
  • State of Mississippi v. Ronne Lee Conner, 632 So.2d 1239 (Miss. 1993)
  • State of Mississippi v. White, (Miss. 2013)