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Jim Darnell

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in El Paso, TX

Jim Darnell, PC
310 North Mesa Street, Suite 212
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-532-2442
Fax: 915-532-4549
Email: Jim Darnell
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Defense
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

About Jim Darnell

First Admitted: 1980, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee, Ethics Gideon & Professionalism Committee; American Board of Trial Advocates, El Paso Chapter (Treasurer, 1995; Vice President, 1996; President Elect, 1997; President, 1998; Federal Bar Association; George A. McAlmon American Inn of Court (Master); Litigation Counsel of America (Senior Fellow); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; State Bar of New Mexico; New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; State Bar of Texas District 17 Grievance Committee (Member/Chairman, 1986-1992); Texas Bar Association; Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Associate Director, 1992-1994; Executive Committee, 1995-1997, 2012-2013; Director, 2007-2013, 2014-); El Paso Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1997-1998); El Paso Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1988; Vice President, 1990; President, 2008); El Paso Legal Assistance Society (Board of Directors, 1982-2001; Chairman, 1986-1988); El Paso Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1983-1985; Treasurer, 1985-1986).  LICENSES: Texas Bar 1980; U.S. District Court - Western District, TX 1982; U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit 1986; U.S. District Court - Northern District, TX 1987; U.S. Court of Claims 1994; U.S. Supreme Court 1997; U.S. District Court - Eastern District, WI 2007; U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit 2010; U.S. District Court - Eastern District, TX 2010; New Mexico Bar 2016; U.S. District Court - NM 2016.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Southwestern Law Review, Survey of Criminal Law, 1985, 1986; El Paso Criminal Law Seminar, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000; Law Education Institute, Criminal Law, 1996; "Masters in Trial," ABOTA, 1995, 1998; "Winning Criminal Trials," TCDLA, 1998; "The Ultimate Voir Dire," TCDLA, 2013; 19th Annual Civil Practice Seminar, El Paso Bar Association, 2015; Prosecuting/Defending Truck & Auto Collision Cases, State Bar of Texas, 2015; 29th Annual Rusty Duncan, TCDLA, 2016.

Educational Background

  • Southern Methodist Univ. JD cum laude, 1980; Dartmouth College AB cum laude with honors, 1977.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Sun Bowl Assn., worker, 1981-1982;   Southwestern International Livestock Show & Rodeo, 1982-1997. Board of Directors, 1987-1997. Assistant Vice President, 1989-1990. Executive Vice President, 1990-1991. Vice Chairman, 1991-1994. Chief Executive Officer, 1994-1997;   El Paso Services for Children (Ronald McDonald House), Board of Directors, 1982-2004. Advisory Board, 2004-present. President, 1984-1985;   YMCA, Board of Directors, 1984-1990;   Leadership El Paso, participant, 1985;   Boy Scouts of America, Yucca Council, Board of Directors, 1990-2000.


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993-present; Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-present.
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Office Location for Jim Darnell

310 North Mesa Street
Suite 212
El Paso, TX 79901

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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