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About Us

The Firm

“A quick, well planned, first response is critical. Very often the timely first move of the defense sets the stage for long term favorable results. Only years of the right type of experience and sound honest judgment can provide that type of response.” – Jim Kelly

All too often individuals needing legal representation get treated poorly by those they had chosen to represent them. These individuals are not treated with the respect or given the attention that they deserve. At Kelly Law Office, your rights and freedom deserve our commitment to you. From the beginning of your matter to the end, you will be kept fully informed and involved in all important decisions to be made.

As our business depends upon repeat clients and referrals, having the satisfied client is our primary objective. At this law firm you can depend upon effective representation, sound and honest judgement, open communication and fair billing practices. Kelly Law office brings over 27 years of community, courtroom and legal experience to work for you. It is our policy to aggressively represent all clients in a timely manner while maintaining integrity in the process.

Attorney Profile

Attorney James L. Kelly


Attorney 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


Mississippi; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - 1987

United States Supreme Court - 2010


The Mississippi Bar - 1995 to 1996

(Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division)

Mississippi Law Alumni Association Board of Directors - 2008

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Madison United Methodist Church, Madison, Mississippi

Prior Law Related Employment and Affiliations

Assistant District Attorney:

Madison and Rankin Counties - 1992 to 1998

Assistant District Attorney:

Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne Counties - 1988 to 1991

Mississippi Attorney General’s Office:

Special Assistant Attorney General - 1987 to 1988

Attorney Mark D. Ray

~Former Prosecutor~ Dedicated Advocate

Mark D. Ray is a former prosecutor who has tried countless criminal cases in his career and his goal is to get you the best possible outcome for your case. He is dedicated to each client who calls on him for representation and will not just be your attorney, he will be your advocate by championing your cause. If you need effective criminal defense with a personal touch, contact Attorney Mark D. Ray to discuss your case.

Prior Law Related Employment and Affiliations

Former Assistant Directory Attorney

Former General Counsel for the University of Mississippi Medical Center


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Kelly Law Office

202 East Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042

Located in the heart of downtown Brandon, across from the Rankin County Courthouse

Mr. Kelly is hands down the best. I needed a well known and respected lawyer in MS and Kelly proved he is just that. After...
a year ago
Cassidy Warren
Attorney Kelly was able to get astounding results representing me in a legal issue...He really will put your best interest first..Great work!
2 months ago
Howard Stamps
Attorney Kelly was the best lawyer I could’ve asked for through my divorce. He is reasonable, honorable, experienced, knowledgeable and results-driven. He delivered for me...
2 years ago
Abigail O'Connor
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