Alexander ready to help those at home
by Elisabetta Zengaro
Jun 27, 2014 | 2885 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After serving for more than 31 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John Marshall Alexander returns to the place he calls home to continue his passion for practicing law.

“It was always my desire to return to the Delta,” said Alexander. “I moved to Oxford before it was the cool thing to do. Now, I am going to start the trend of moving back to the Delta.”

Alexander grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Delta State University before attending law school at the University of Mississippi.

Alexander graduated from the Ole Miss in 1981 and began his career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in March of 1982.

He served as the judicially appointed United States Attorney from 2010 to 2011 and as Criminal Chief from 2007 until his retirement.

He has received numerous commendations and awards, including the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for Superior Performance of Duty.

Alexander has gained extensive trial experience and, as Criminal Chief, he either tried or oversaw numerous cases, which gained national attention.

“It was just time to retire,” said Alexander. “I accomplished everything I wanted to do, and this opportunity arose.”

Alexander recently moved from Oxford to practice law with Alexander, Johnston & Alexander law firm in Cleveland.

“He is a top grade lawyer,” Robert Johnston said. “I feel extremely fortunate that he has consented to come.”

And Alexander couldn’t be more grateful. Alexander will manage the firm’s second office in Greenville.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to practice law with Robert Johnston,” said Alexander.

Alexander’s dedication and passion for law and government is deeply rooted in his family history.

Growing up with a father who was a lawyer and state senator influenced Alexander’s decision to pursue a career in law.

“I could see how my father and other lawyers could help people in times of need,” said Alexander.

And the duty to hold people accountable and to help victims recover from losses is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for Alexander.

“I always considered it an honor and privilege to represent the United States,” said Alexander.

To those aspiring to a career in law, Alexander offered these words of advice: work hard and study hard.

“Learn how to communicate with people, try to help everyone you come in contact with, and try to do something for everyone in need,” said Alexander.