Gary J. James

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Oklahoma City, OK

Gary J. James & Associates, PC
 | 701 North Broadway Avenue, Suite 410, PO Box 2443
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Phone: 405-521-9900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Employment & Labor (30%),
  • Civil Rights (30%)
Attorney Profile

Gary J. James is a seasoned attorney who has helped clients throughout Oklahoma with a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense in some of the most high-profile cases in the state’s history. As managing partner of Gary J. James & Associates, PC, in Oklahoma City, Mr. James helps defends clients against allegations involving violent crimes, drug offenses, DUIs and other matters. He also handles cases related to employment and civil rights.

 

A native of Oklahoma, Mr. James received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and quickly began building a reputation in the state for his professionalism.

 

After successfully securing an acquittal for his client in a high-profile murder trial, Mr. James received an award in 1996 from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in recognition of his outstanding criminal defense advocacy. Three years later, Mr. James was selected by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to defend Timothy McVeigh against Oklahoma state charges stemming from the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

 

Among other honors, Mr. James received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation from the peer review service. He has also been included in lists such as the “Best Lawyers in America.”** 

 

Mr. James is engaged in many professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association for Justice.

 

A former high school and college athlete, Mr. James continues to participate in organizations dedicated to promoting Oklahoma sports. He is currently on the selection committee of the Jim Thorpe Award for the outstanding defensive back in college football and the honors committee of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

 

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%)

Employment & Labor (30%)

Civil Rights (30%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2017

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About Gary James

Admitted: 1988, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage: http://www.gjjames.com/attorney.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Presidential Award, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996
  • US News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America.
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale - Hubbell, 1995-2016
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, 1996 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America * Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2008 - 2016
  • Sigma Chi Alpha Phi Sigma
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America, 2002 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Lobbyist-Oklahoma

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Criminal Law Committee, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court (Barrister, Luther Bohanon Inn of Court)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association- Criminal Law Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 1996 - Present
  • Jim Thorpe Association, 1996 - Present
  • Oklahoma State Mock Trial Competition- Judge, 2006 - Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Criminal Law and the Realities of the Profession, University of Oklahoma School of Law, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, February 19, 2015
  • Use of Deadly Force and Police Officer Rights, Moore Police Department Tactical Team, July 31, 2014
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statement, Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Convention, 2001 
  • Criminal Defense: Practical Advice from Practical Lawyers Practical Advice on Jury Selection, Tulsa Program, Oklahoma Bar Association, 2004 
  • Forensic Evidence: Deconstructing and Reconstructing a Crime Scene" Crime Scene Presentation, The Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Oklahoma City University School of Law Year, 2002 
  • Criminal Defense in the Death Belt Voir Dire/Theories of Jury Selection, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2004 
  • 57th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, 2007 
  • Criminal Defense in the Death Belt III; Prosecutorial Misconduct, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association/Oklahoma County Public Defenders Office, August 23, 2007 - August 24, 2007 
  • 58th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, 2008 
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statement, National Business Institute, December 9, 2008 
  • The Criminal Defense Trial From Start To Finish, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, April 23, 2009 - April 24, 2009 
  • When is a Confession Induced?, Patrick Williams-Criminal Defense Institute-Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, June 23, 2011 - June 24, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Mr. James has five (5) 1st Degree Murder acquitals.
  • 1996-Present Mr. James has five First Degree Murder Aqcuitals in Oklahoma. 

Representative Clients:

  • K & M Wrecking, LLC
  • Safety Management Consultants
  • Motor Gamer Safety Consrltants, lnc.
  • Warren Theatres, Inc.
  • Cabgal, Inc.
  • Craftsman Roofing, Inc.
  • Freshwater Investments
  • Central Music, Inc
  • Southern Craftsmen
  • TriCorps Security
  • OKC, LLC
  • Lifestyle Fitness Equipment
  • City of Coweta, Oklahoma
  • Power Products, Inc
  • Billiards of Tulsa, Inc
  • Galaxy Distributing Company
  • Oklahoma State Game Warden Association
  • Oklahoma Investigative Group, LLC
  • City of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Rightway Medical, LLC
  • Oklahoma Indigent Defense System
  • Howard Aircraft, Inc.
  • Jim Thorpe Association
  • Corporate Auto and Marine
  • State of Oklahoma
  • Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma City
  • Integris Health Systems of Oklahoma
  • lntegris Realty Corporation
  • Municipal Accounting Services, Inc.
  • Comet Cleaners, Inc.
  • Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Agents Association (ABLE)
  • Oklahoma Corrections Professionals (OCP)
  • Oklahoma State Troopers Association (OSTA)
  • Ma/Com, a division of Tyco Electronics
  • American International Group (AIG)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Chosen by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to represent Timothy McVeigh 

Educational Background:

  • Central State University Oklahoma (1983-1985) Bachelor of Arts-Criminal Justice
  • University of Oklahoma (1980-1983)
Office Location for Gary J. James

701 North Broadway Avenue, Suite 410
PO Box 2443
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Phone: 405-521-9900

 

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Last Updated: 12/1/2016

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