Kelly L. Mims, Attorney at Law, has practiced law for 15 years. He is a general practice attorney who prides himself on the level of personal service he offers to his clients. As a sole practitioner, Kelly only chooses cases he knows he can give his full attention.
Kelly lives in the Palmetto Community in Lee County and is married to Lynn, with four children, John Parker, Carson Lee, Jared Evan and Avery Kathryn. Kelly is a Tupelo High School graduate. He received a Bachelors of Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a Jurist Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
After beginning his career learning from T.K. Moffett, Kelly opened his solo practice in 2002 in Tupelo. There he began representing his friends and family in Courts all over North Mississippi. Having a General Practice in Lee County kept him busy, mostly in the local family law courts and the occasional small claims or criminal courts. Kelly garnered a reputation as a zealous advocate for his clients and was able to help many people from child custody battles to helping clients get unstuck from the criminal justice system.
Judge Thomas J. Gardner, III, selected Kelly to serve as one of the Lee County Public Defenders. This part-time position with the county allows him to represent those who can’t afford to hire an attorney. Kelly gives all of his clients his best efforts and the rights afforded to them by our Constitution, regardless of their ability to pay.
In 2004, Kelly joined up with his long time friend and Mayor of Sherman, Ben Logan, and they formed the law firm Mims & Logan. Soon after forming this partnership, Kelly was called away to serve his Country in Iraq, and Ben kept the firm going for almost two years by himself. I am grateful to Ben for keeping our dreams alive while Kelly was called to serve others. Kelly and Ben have run a successful firm up until this calling for the Court of Appeals led Kelly to leave the firm and take up full-time campaigning.
In 2010, Kelly ran for the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He received the support of the legal community — both prosecutors and defenders — and the law enforcement community. His unique ability to build relationships on all sides of the legal system is what makes him a successful advocate for his clients.
Today, Kelly continues to practice law all over Northeast Mississippi.