James E. Boren

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

James E. Boren
 | 830 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-387-5786
Fax: 225-336-4667
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%)
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    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
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Fraud, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime

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    About James Boren

    Admitted: 1975, Louisiana

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

    Honors/Awards:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Louisiana State University Law Review, Member, 1974 - 1975
    • Louisiana Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Act, 34 Louisiana Law Review 634
    • The New Code of Professional Responsibility, Around the Bar, February, 1987
    • The Body Count in the Government War on Lawyers, Around the Bar, November, 1986
    • Constitutional Considerations of Federal and State Testimonial Immunity Legislation, 36 Louisiana Law Review 214, 1976
    • Lecturer, C.L.E. Programs
    • Adjunct Professor, Paul M. Hebert School of Law, Louisiana State University, 2002 - Present
    • 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

    Representative Clients:

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

    Educational Background:

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

    Phone: 225-387-5786

    Fax: 225-336-4667

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