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Retired Butler Snow Partner James B. Tucker Passes Away

James B. Tucker, a retired partner of Butler Snow LLP, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 28.

James was an accomplished attorney with a career focused on military and civil service and educating future generations of attorneys, as well as unwavering dedication to his clients and colleagues at Butler Snow. His experience spanned the country, having served as trial counsel for more than 100 jury trials, authored 60 appeals court briefs and participated in oral argument for a significant number of trials – many of which were high-profile, complex matters.

James graduated from Millsaps College in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He then earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1966.

James began his law practice in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on litigation, especially plaintiff personal injury, bankruptcy receiver matters, and criminal defense and prosecution. He was subsequently selected to be an Assistant City Prosecutor. From that, he was offered the opportunity to become a lawyer for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., beginning a 30-plus year career of prosecutorial experience.

This led to a number of impressive positions, including trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Senior Litigation Counsel, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi and subsequently Chief of the Criminal Division. In the year 2000, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. At the end of 2001, he retired from service with the Department of Justice with numerous accolades and distinctions and joined Butler Snow’s Jackson office. To continue his remarkable legal career defending criminal investigations, trying cases and mentoring lawyers, James took many of his young colleagues under his wing and gave them the benefit of his wisdom and experience.

For more than 20 years, James served as an adjunct professor of trial practice at the Mississippi College School of Law, training new lawyers-to-be how to conduct themselves in the courtroom.

James also served in the military with the U.S. Naval Reserve as a JAG officer, serving in a number of posts across the country and ultimately retiring as Captain (O-6).

James was an active member of a number of local, state and national associations, including the American, Federal and Mississippi Bar Associations, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Former United States Attorneys and the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Prosecuting Attorneys and Mississippi Bar Foundation.

James was recognized by Martindale Hubble®, Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®, among others. On two separate occasions received the Director’s Award for superior performance in criminal litigation and was selected for Lifetime Achievement recognition by America’s Top 100 Attorneys® in 2016. Also, in 2016, James was named to the University of Mississippi School of Law’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

In his personal life, James enjoyed fly fishing and other outdoor activities. He also was an avid upland bird hunter, taking numerous trips to the Dakotas to hunt pheasant and grouse. James was devoted to his wife, Jeanne; children, Lisa and Chuck; and numerous grandchildren.

Read his full obituary here.

Service Details:

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson, Mississippi with visitation preceding the service from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Great Hall. Graveside service will follow at Parkway Memorial on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The family requests that all visitors wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in James’ name.

Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland is in charge of arrangements.