Justice Jimmy Maxwell named a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation

August 3, 2023

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Maxwell of Oxford was named a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and was inducted July 18, 2023, at the Mississippi Bar Convention in Biloxi.

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The Fellow designation is the Foundation’s highest honor. Only 10 percent of the lawyers in Mississippi are eligible for membership as a fellow. Their selection is recognition by peers that the attorney has achieved the highest level of professionalism, competence and leadership. Fellows are selected for membership based not only on their excellence as a lawyer but also by their dedication and service to the public and profession.

Justice Maxwell has served as an appellate judge for 14 and one-half years — seven and one-half years on the Supreme Court and seven years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the Mississippi Supreme Court on Jan. 1, 2016, and was elected to an eight-year term in November 2016. He previously served as a judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, having first been appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour on Feb. 2, 2009, then elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

He earned his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. He practiced civil law in Jackson before returning to Oxford to serve as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. He represented the USDOJ in prosecutions and jury trials of public corruption, white collar fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, immigration and gang-related crimes. He received various commendations from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

He is a past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, the Lafayette County Bar, and Tri-County Young Lawyers. He has also served on the Board of Bar Commissioners, the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Diversity in the Law Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. He is a graduate of Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi and was named “Top 40 Under 40” by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Justice Maxwell frequently lectures on leadership, appellate and trial advocacy, legal writing, and Mississippi’s judicial system. He has coached youth and middle school football and is an avid sportsman. He and his wife Mindy have two children, Trip and Mae Covington. The Maxwells live in Oxford and are members of Pinelake Church.