Greenlee, Jim M.

  Oxford, Mississippi, USA
 +1 (662) 234-8775
 +1 (662) 238-7552
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• Criminal and Civil Litigation, Compliance and Risk

Avoidance, Government Relations


• United States Attorney, Northern District of MS


• Assistant United States Attorney (1987-2001)

• United States Naval Reserve (1978-1997)

• United States Navy (1974-1978)


• Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation

• Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

• Attorney General's Advisory Council

• Mississippi Bar Special Task Force on Attorney-Client


• Oxford University United Methodist Church Board

Member and Sunday School teacher

• Habitat for Humanity


•  Mississippi (State and Federal courts)

•  Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Jim is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.  Jim's practice focuses on aiding businesses and not-for-profits in risk avoidance and compliance matters. He also focuses on assisting businesses in the prevention and mitigation of regulatory or criminal exposure, healthcare fraud, grant fraud and assisting businesses and nonprofit organizations in the investigation and assessment of regulatory and statutory compliance.

Jim served in the U.S Attorney’s office in Oxford for 22 years.   After serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate  being sworn in as U.S. Attorney in 2001.  While serving as U.S. Attorney, Jim's office prosecuted white collar crimes, public corruption, drug and gun trafficking, and identity theft cases while also representing the United States in civil cases.

Jim received his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 1974.  After which he served active duty in the United States Navy until 1978 and in the United States Navy Reserve until 1997 retiring as a Captain.  During his reserve service, he served as commanding officer of a Reserve Naval Criminal Investigative Service Unit (NCIS).

In 1981 Jim graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law and entered private practice in North Mississippi.  Jim joined the Unites States Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Mississippi as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1987 working in the Civil Division where he became the lead civil fraud attorney trying bankruptcy, tort, employment rights, eminent domain and white collar criminal cases.

As U.S. Attorney, Greenlee’s office prosecuted major drug distribution networks, assisted in the cold case investigation of the murder of Emmett Till, successfully prosecuted public corruption and judicial influence cases against prominent individuals and public officials.  Greenlee also served on the initial Attorney General’s Advisory Council for Attorney General John Ashcroft during the aftermath of 9/11.  He also served as senior member of the Office of Management and Budget Subcommittee, White Collar Crime Subcommittee, Controlled Substances/Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee and the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

Greenlee served on the Mississippi Bar Special Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege.  Greenlee has made presentations to the Federal Bar Association, Federal Judicial Center on Charging Decisions and the Sentencing Guidelines, International Leadership Conference on Social Justice and Public Policy at the University of Mississippi and was the keynote speaker at the 2009 convention of The Council on Litigation Management.


  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • The Federal Bar Association
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • DeSoto County Bar Association, Former President of Young Lawyers Division
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation