Jay Mitchell (judge)

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Jay Mitchell
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama
(Place 4)
Assumed office
January 11, 2019
Preceded byJames Allen Main
Personal details
James Letcher Mitchell

(1976-08-26) August 26, 1976 (age 42)
Mobile, Alabama
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceHomewood, Alabama
EducationBirmingham–Southern College (B.A.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)

James Letcher "Jay" Mitchell (born August 26, 1976) is an American lawyer from Alabama and is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. His term of office began on January 11, 2019.

Early life and education[edit]

Mitchell was born August 26, 1976 in Mobile, Alabama.[1][2] He received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Birmingham–Southern College. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Mitchell is currently a partner with Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C..[4]

Alabama Supreme Court[edit]

On June 5, 2016, Mitchell announced his intent to run for the seat on the Alabama Supreme Court being vacated by James Allen Main.[5][6] He defeated his Republican rival in the primary[7] and went on to win the general election in November, defeating Democratic candidate Donna Smalley, 60.5%–39.4%.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his wife, Elizabeth; they reside in Homewood with their four children.[3] He is a lifelong Republican and a member of the Federalist Society.[6][8]


  1. ^ "Jay Mitchell: I'll fight for rule of law on Alabama Supreme Court". The Montgomery Advertiser. 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  2. ^ "Attorney James L Mitchell". www.lawyercentral.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "Jay Mitchell for Alabama Supreme Court". Jay Mitchell for Alabama Supreme Court. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  4. ^ a b Veazey, Mary Spencer; Phillips, Alice; Trujillo, Brooke (2018-11-06). "Republican Jay Mitchell defeats Donna Smalley for Alabama's Supreme Court seat". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  5. ^ "Birmingham Lawyer Jay Mitchell Announces Candidacy for Alabama Supreme Court". Yellowhammer News. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  6. ^ a b "Birmingham attorney Jay Mitchell running for Alabama Supreme Court". AL.com. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  7. ^ Flowers, Steve. "Election to include state Supreme Court races". Daily Mountain Eagle. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  8. ^ "James L. "Jay" Mitchell". Maynard Cooper. Retrieved 2018-12-31.

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
James Allen Main
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama