Judge Jim M. Greenlee of Oxford joined the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Jan. 20, 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to the vacancy created when Judge James D. Maxwell II was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Judge Greenlee was elected without opposition to an eight-year term in November 2016.
He previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi from 2001 to 2010. As U.S. Attorney, he headed the office which prosecuted public corruption and judicial influence cases and major drug distribution networks, and assisted in the cold case investigation of the murder of Emmett Till. He served on the initial U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Council during the aftermath of 9/11. He also served on the Office of Management and Budget Subcommittee, White Collar Crime Subcommittee, Controlled Substances/Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee and the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.
Greenlee's service as a federal prosecutor spanned 22 years. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's office from 1987 until 2001. He became the lead civil fraud attorney, trying bankruptcy, tort, employment rights, eminent domain and white collar criminal cases.
He was in private practice with the Oxford firm of Holcomb Dunbar from 2010 until his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2016.
Judge Greenlee earned a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Mississippi in 1974 and a law degree in 1981. He served active duty in the U.S. Navy 1974 to 1978, and in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1997. During his reserve service, he was commanding officer of a Reserve Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Unit. He retired at the rank of captain.