John M. Colette

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Since 1985, John M. Colette & Associates has been providing top-quality criminal defense to the people of Mississippi and surrounding states.  Mr. Colette has handled many complex, high-profile cases, and is experienced in both State and Federal courts.  Beyond his focus on complex, white-collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement, Mr. Colette also has extensive experience in assisting clients with charges ranging from DUIs to capitol murder.


John M. Colette is one of the most well-respected criminal defense lawyers in Mississippi.  One reason is because Mr. Colette has “real” courtroom experience, gained from trying several cases start to finish, in both State and Federal court. Few criminal defense lawyers can boast a level of knowledge, skill and actual trial work similar to Mr. Colette’s.  Because of his experience, he has represented other lawyers and even judges under investigation.


Mr. Colette has “real” courtroom experience, gained from trying several cases start to finish, in both State and Federal court.


As a former employee at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, Mr. Colette worked directly under the Chief of the Criminal Division. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Colette consulted with the Mississippi State Office of the Attorney General in helping put together the state version of the Federal RICO laws. As a result of his work with the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Colette gained invaluable insight into how the Federal Government approaches criminal prosecutions. That knowledge and experience now helps Mr. Colette give our clients the best possible representation and defense.

His many successes in large-scale, complex criminal trials, have brought Mr. Colette so much respect from his peers, that he is currently a Fellow of the ABCL, and is “AV” rated on Martindale-Hubbell’ Peer Review Service . The “AV” rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s preeminent rating, achievable only after admission to the bar for at least ten years, and indicates the highest level of legal ability and ethics, and represents the pinnacle of professional excellence.

Mr. Colette also serves on the committee for drafting Mississippi Criminal Rules of Court, and his experience and work ethic has established him as a leader in the field of Federal Guideline Sentencing matters.


Our law firm gives every client aggressive, knowledgeable defense.  When you hire John M. Colette & Associates, you get attorneys working on every aspect of your case, searching for ways to keep you out of jail, minimize punishments, or get charges dismissed.

The criminal process can be multifaceted and bewildering; many individuals have only the most basic understanding of the law and procedures involved in the criminal justice system.  Thus, it is critical to find the right lawyer who can provide comprehensive advice and counsel at each stage of the process so that you are fully aware of your legal rights.  If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation on suspicion of having committed a crime, contact the experienced team at John M. Colette & Associates to discuss your case.

Sherwood Colette


Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Criminal Defense


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Honorable James E. Graves, Jr.
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi , 2010-2011
  • Honorable James E. Graves, Jr.

Bar Admission

  • State of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi


  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D. 2010
  • Millsaps College, B.S. 2006