James E. Boren

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

James E. Boren
 | 830 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-387-5786
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of James E. Boren, Mr. Boren, has been successfully defending people across the state of Louisiana against criminal charges for more than 35 years. He routinely secures case dismissals, not-guilty verdicts and other favorable outcomes in cases that involve matters such as the following: federal crimes, drug crimes, white collar crimes, sex crimes, health care fraud, internet sex crimes and environmental protection.

Mr. Boren advises clients through every phase of the justice system, from an initial arrest to grand jury investigations and through appeals or other post-conviction issues. In addition to his practical experience, he uses tools and resources he gleans from his memberships with organizations that include the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section.

For his many accomplishments, Mr. Boren holds the highest peer review rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he has an Avvo “Superb” rating; and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Boren teaches several criminal law courses at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is also a frequent guest speaker and a published author. In his spare time, Mr. Boren works with the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate people of crimes for which they have been wrongfully convicted.

In 1971, Mr. Boren earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Louisiana Tech University. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor in 1975 from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was invited to join the Order of the Coif and ranked first in his class. He was also a member of the school’s law review.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (60%): Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About James Boren

Admitted: 1975, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.jameseboren.com/Attorneys/James-E-Boren.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Flory Trial Competition, 1st Place, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1973, 1974
  • Flory Criminal Trial Competition, Finalist, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1975
  • Class of 1950, Scholarship, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Spring 1974
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • First in Class, Order of the Coif, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Justice Albert Tate, Jr., 2000 - Present
  • National Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell, Who's Who
  • Best Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Chairman, Committee on Ethical Standards for Criminal Practice, 1985 - 1988
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Law Section, 1985 - 1986
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Member, Civil Liberties Union, 1988 - 1992
  • Louisiana Capital Defense Project, Member, Board of Directors, 1987 - 1989
  • Vice-Chairman, Professional Responsibility Committee, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1984 - 1986
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Justice Coalition, 2011 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Death Penalty Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 - 1997
  • Co-Chairman, Indigent Defense Committee, 1990 - 1994
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998 - 2000
  • Board Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1992 - 1995
  • Member, Baton Rouge Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Summit Planning Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • District 5, Board of Governors, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2008 - 2011
  • Chair, Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1995 - 2000
  • Member, Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1994 - 1995
  • Chairman, Professional Responsibility Committee, Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1986 - 1987
  • Member, NORML Legal Committee, 1984 - Present
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985 - Present
  • President, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - 1991
  • Charter Member, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
  • Louisiana, 1975

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Louisiana Sentencing Commission, Member, 1986 - 1987
  • Louisiana Public Defender Board, Capital Certification Advisory Committee, Member
  • Louisiana Public Defender Board, Louisiana State Bar Association Representative, 2008 - 2011
  • Member, Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board, 1998 - 2003
  • Louisiana Legislature, Indigent Defense Task Force, 1996 - 1997
  • Board Member, East Baton Rouge Indigent Defense Board, 1988 - 2007
  • Member, Louisiana Sentencing Commission, 1986 - 1987
  • Louisiana Public Defender Board, Capital Certification Advisory Committee
  • Louisiana Supreme Court, Cameras in the Courtroom Task Force, 1993 - 1995
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Joint Legislative Committee to Study Certification of Louisiana Evidentiary Rules, 1986 - Present
  • Member, Louisiana Law Institute Code of Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee, 1987 - Present
  • Member, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, 1985 - 1988
  • Member, Governor's Task Force on Prison Overcrowding, 1986 - 1987
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Post Conviction Procedure, 2009 - 2010
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Task Force on Advanced Payment of Attorney's Fees, Member, 1990 - 1991

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Fear of a Paper Tiger: Enforcing Louisiana’s Procedural and Statutory Rules in the Wake of Harmless Error Analysis, 64 Louisiana Law Review 1, Fall, 2003
  • Louisiana State University Law Review, Member, 1974 - 1975
  • Adjunct Professor, Paul M. Hebert School of Law, Louisiana State University, 2002 - Present
  • Lecturer, C.L.E. Programs
  • Constitutional Considerations of Federal and State Testimonial Immunity Legislation, 36 Louisiana Law Review 214, 1976
  • The Body Count in the Government War on Lawyers, Around the Bar, November, 1986
  • The New Code of Professional Responsibility, Around the Bar, February, 1987
  • Louisiana Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Act, 34 Louisiana Law Review 634

Representative Clients:

  • U.S. v. Lewis, 621 F.2d 1382 (5th Cir. (La.) 1980)
  • U.S. v. Ackal, 706 F.2d 523, 13 Fed.R.Evid.Serv. 409 (5th Cir. (La.) 1983)
  • U.S. v. Dozier, 707 F.2d 862 (5th Cir. (La.) 1983)
  • In re Newchurch, 807 F.2d 404, 55 USLW 2398, 90 A.L.R. Fed. 889 (5th Cir. (La.) 1986)
  • U.S. v. Comeaux, 954 F.2d 255 (5th Cir. (La.) 1992)
  • U.S. v. Terry, 5 F.3d 874 (5th Cir. (Miss.) 1993)
  • Delaune v. U.S., 143 F.3d 995, 82 A.F.T.R. 2d 98 (5th Cir. (La.) 1998)
  • In re Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Co., 214 F.3d 586, 47 Fed.R.Serv.3d 611 (5th Cir. (La.) 2000)
  • State v. Carter, 326 So.2d 848 (La. 1975)
  • State v. Brown, 326 So. 2d 839 (La. 1975)
  • State v. Lott, 325 So. 2d 576 (La. 1976)
  • Johnson v. Capital City Press, Inc., 346 So.2d 819, 2 Media L. Rep. 2255 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1977)
  • State v. Davis, 351 So. 2d 771 (La. 1977)
  • State v. Forrest, 356 So.2d 945 (La. 1978)
  • Wayne v. Green, 389 So.2d 104 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1980)
  • Wayne v. Green, 389 So. 2d. 102 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1980)
  • State v. Pearaa, 403 So.2d 1194 (La. 1981)
  • State v. Giordano, 489 So.2d. 487 (La.App. 3 Cir. 1986)
  • State v. Dupre, 500 So. 2d. 873 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1986)
  • State v. Shoemaker, 569 So.2d 169 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1990)
  • Louisiana State Bar Ass'n v. Guidry, 571 So.2d 161 (La. 1990)
  • State ex rel. Mitchell v. State, 580 So.2d 906 (La. 1991)
  • State v. Peart, 621 So.2d 780 (La. 1993)
  • State v. Edmondson, 699 So.2d 882 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1997)
  • State v. Young, 712 So.2d 273 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1998)
  • State v. Edmondson, 714 So.2d 1233 (La. 1998)
  • State v. Fugler, 721 So.2d 1 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1998)
  • State v. Fugler, 737 So.2d 894 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1999)
  • State v. Lee, 788 So.2d 452 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2001)
  • State v. Jones, 808 So.2d 609 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2001)
  • In re Hunter, 823 So.2d.325 (La. 2002)

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, B.A., Major: History, Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa, 1971
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830 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: 225-387-5786

 

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