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James L. Robertson is Of Counsel to Wise Carter where he has served since 1993. He graduated from Harvard Law School, and served almost ten years as Justice, Supreme Court of Mississippi. His practice interests have ranged from First Amendment to public education to homicide. Over 15 years, he has taught at three law schools, lectured at many others.

A prolific author, Robertson has recently published a 500 page historical work on Mississippi law and humanity. He is currently expanding his work on state constitutional law. An active life member of the American Law Institute, Robertson has run Fathers’ Day in Central Park, the Delta Catfish Festival and Bay-To-Breakers in San Francisco. He enjoys classical music.



  • Harvard University, 1965, J.D.
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, 1962, B.A.

Work History

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Spring 2010
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Millsaps College, Fall 1994
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham University, New York, New York, 1992
  • Justice - Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1983-1992
  • Faculty, University of Mississippi School of Law, 1977-1992

Bar Admissions

  • All Mississippi Federal and State Trial and Appellate Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Organizations

  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Capital Area Bar Association

Special Designations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017-2021:
    - Admiralty & Maritime Law
    - Appellate Practice
    - Civil Rights Law
    - Commercial Litigation
    - Environmental Law
    - Insurance Law
    - Litigation: Antitrust
    - Litigation: Environmental
    - Litigation: First Amendment
    - Litigation: Intellectual Property
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 - Jackson, MS Litigation: Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2016 - Litigation

Civic and Charitable Interests

  • Innocence Project, New Orleans, Board of Directors (2003-2013)
  • Mississippi Opera, President (1996-1997), Board of Directors (1994-2007)
  • Red Sox Nation

Publications and Seminars

  • The Strange and Unfortunate Story of Judicial Review of Interlocutory Agency Action in Mississippi, 77 Miss. L.J. 1095, (2008)
  • Constitutional Law, in 3 Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law 1-241 (J. Jackson and M. Miller, eds., 2001)
  • The Law of Corporate Governance: Coming of Age in Mississippi?, 65 Miss. L.J. 477 (1996)
  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction in 1 Mississippi Civil Procedure 1-1, et seq. (J. Jackson, ed., 2008) (updated annually since 1996)
  • The Law of Business Torts in Mississippi, Part II, 15 Miss. C.L. (1995)
  • Myth and Reality – or is it “Perception and Tase”? – In the Reading of Donative Documents, Fordham Law Review (1993)
  • Discovering Rule II of The Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure, 8 Miss. C.L. (1988)
  • Fairness and Access to Counsel: Mississippi’s Opportunity, Vermont Law Review (1988)
  • The Lawyer as Hero, 53 Miss. L.J. (1983)

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