Gary J. James

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Oklahoma City, OK

Gary J. James & Associates, P.C.
 | 620 North Robinson Avenue, Suite 207
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-521-9900
Fax: 405-488-0529
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Gary J. James is an experienced 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, P.C., in Oklahoma City, Mr. James defends clients against allegations involving murder, white collar crimes, federal criminal defense, violent crimes, drug offenses, and other criminal matters.

As a result of his numerous criminal defense acquittals, Mr. James is currently retained by Law Enforcement Associations and Law Enforcement Agencies to defend Troopers, police officers, and other Law Enforcement personnel. Mr. James devotes a vast majority of his practice to defending Law Enforcement officers in use of force investigations, shootings and defending civil rights lawsuits.

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 legal abilities and professionalism.

After successfully securing an acquittal for his client in a high-profile murder trial, Mr. James received the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Three years later, Mr. James was selected by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to defend Timothy McVeigh's criminal charges, including 161 Murder Charges, stemming from the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Among other honors, Mr. James has received an AV Preeminent* rating for over 20 years from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation from the peer review service. He has and is included in lists such as the “Best Lawyers in America**, Outstanding Lawyers of America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and US News and World Report; 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 football player, Mr. James continues to participate in organizations dedicated to promoting sports and athletics in the state and at the University of Oklahoma. 

*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%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Employment & Labor (30%)

Civil Rights (20%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury - Defense

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2018

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About Gary James

Admitted: 1988, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage: https://www.garyjameslaw.com/

Honors/Awards:

  • Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2009 - Present, 2018
  • Alpha Phi Sigma
  • Best Lawyers in America * Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2008 - 2018
  • Presidential Award, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale - Hubbell, 1995-2018, AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale - Hubbell, 1995-2018, 2018
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, 1996 - 2018, 2018
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America, Outstanding Lawyers of America, 2002 - Present, 2018
  • US News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Force Science InstituteBody Cameras & Other Recordings in Law Enforcement: Critical Force Science Issues Impacting Investigations, Policy, and Incident Analysis., 2018
  • All Oklahoma District Courts
  • All Oklahoma Municipal Courts
  • Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

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/Writings:

  • Criminal Defense: Practical Advice from Practical Lawyers Practical Advice on Jury Selection, Tulsa Program, Oklahoma Bar Association, 2004 
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statement, Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Convention, 2001 
  • Use of Deadly Force and Police Officer Rights, Moore Police Department Tactical Team, July 31, 2014
  • Criminal Law and the Realities of the Profession, University of Oklahoma School of Law, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, February 19, 2015
  • 65th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Training Academy, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, June 13, 2018
  • Use of Deadly Force and Officer Rights, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tactical Team, November 3, 2017.
  • When is a Confession Induced?, Patrick Williams-Criminal Defense Institute-Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, June 23, 2011 - June 24, 2011
  • The Criminal Defense Trial From Start To Finish, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, April 23, 2009 - April 24, 2009 
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statement, National Business Institute, December 9, 2008 
  • 58th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, 2008 
  • 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 
  • 57th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, 2007 
  • 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 
  • 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 

Verdicts/Settlements:

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

Representative Clients:

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

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)

Industry Groups

  • FOP
  • IUPA
  • OCP
  • OSTA
Office Location for Gary J. James

620 North Robinson Avenue
Suite 207
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Phone: 405-521-9900

Fax: 405-488-0529

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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