James D. Maxwell II

P.O. Box 117
Jackson, MS 39205

James D. Maxwell II

Associate Justice - Northern District

Biographical Information

Justice Maxwell was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Bryant effective January 1, 2016. He replaces Justice David Chandler. He served on the appeals court since February 2, 2009.
From 2002 to 2009, Justice Maxwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. As a federal prosecutor, he successfully represented the United States Department of Justice in numerous prosecutions and jury trials for offenses ranging from public corruption and white-collar fraud, to money laundering, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, and smuggling as well as immigration and gang-related crimes. He also handled appellate matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, he practiced civil law in Jackson, Mississippi.

Justice Maxwell has been elected to various positions within the legal community. He has served as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, and is a past president of both the Lafayette County Bar Association and Tri-County Young Lawyers (Calhoun, Lafayette and Yalobusha Counties). In addition, he has 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 earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and also received his undergraduate degree in business from Ole Miss.

Justice Maxwell and his wife Mindy have two children, Trip and Mae Covington. He and his family live in Oxford, Mississippi, where they are active members of First Baptist Church.