Associate Justice


James Allen Main, Judge

James Allen Main

2011 - Present


Court of Criminal Appeals
2009 - 2011


James Allen (Jim) Main currently serves as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Alabama having previously served as a Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He also served as Director of Finance for the State of Alabama. The Finance Director is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the state, as well as policy advisor to the Governor.

Prior to becoming Finance Director in 2004, Judge Main served as Senior Counsel to Gov. Riley and Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor to Gov. Fob James. Other public service includes terms as Anniston City Attorney, Lineville City Judge and City Attorney for Oxford, Alabama.

Judge Main was in private law practice in Anniston (beginning in 1972) and Montgomery (beginning in 1989). During the 30+ years of active practice of law, he was counsel in numerous precedent-setting cases before the Alabama Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Main is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Alabama Bar Association where he is a founding Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, past-President of the American Pharmacists Association, past-President of the Alabama Pharmacy Association, past-Chairman of the Dean's Counsel for the Auburn School of Pharmacy, a past member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and a science and technology fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication (ASTAR). He is actively involved in his local church and has served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and short-term missionary.

Judge Main has received numerous awards, including the Parke Davis Leadership Award; the Bowl of Hygeia, the most widely recognized international symbol for the profession of pharmacy today; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Auburn University School of Pharmacy; the President's Award from the American Society of Pharmacy and Law; and member of Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame Class of 2012. He has long served on various local and state boards and commissions and was named Outstanding Young Man of Anniston in 1975 for his contribution to the community.

He has been married to Gale for 46 years, is the father of Jay Main, Saxon Main and Ashley Parker and the proud grandfather of Mary Katherine, Mac, McLeod, Tom and Walker.

Judge Main received a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in pharmacy from Auburn University and a juris doctorate (JD) degree from the University of Alabama.