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M. James "Jim" Jenkins

M. James "Jim" Jenkins

also known as Jim Jenkins

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

About Me

Attorney Jim Jenkins is an "AV" rated lawyer from Pensacola, Florida. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest rating given by America's largest and oldest attorney rating service, Martindale-Hubbell. The ranking of "AV Preeminent" is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.  This rating is derived by Martindale-Hubbell by anonomously contacting judges and other lawyers who have worked with the attorney being evaluated.  For someone to obtain an "AV" rating they are considered as having the "highest ethical standards and professional ability." 


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    30 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    25 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Ryan Michael Cardoso

    I highly recommend and endorse Jim Jenkins. Jim provides expert, high quality legal representation in all of his cases and sincerely cares about his clients and their families. Jim is passionate about the law. He tirelessly stays abreast of any changes to the law so that he can better serve those he represents. Jim regularly attends workshops at the prestigious Trial Lawyer's College. As a result, Jim employs cutting edge trial preparation and strategy to obtain the best results for his clients. If you are seeking an extremely competent, well regarded and effective attorney for your case, do not hesitate to contact Jim.


    Ryan Cardoso Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Aaron L Watson

    I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several cases to him and he successfully handled each case. I had the opportunity to hear Jim lecture on the subject of criminal law at Penacola State College for the People's Law School event. He did an excellent job explaining criminal law and he made it plain and simple to understand. He is a great attorney and I highly recommend him.


    Aaron Watson Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

M James Jenkins Pa
1211 W Garden St
Pensacola, Florida, 325024556



FLMember in Good Standing198605/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Superb Lawyer "10"AVVO2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant Federal DefenderFederal Defender's Office Northern District of Florida1995 - 1997
Assistant Public DefenderFlorida State Public Defender1988 - 1990
Assistant State AttorneyFlorida State Prosecutor1985 - 1988


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeElected Regional Representative Region 10 - 20102003 - 2015
National Criminal Defense CollegeGraduate2002 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident, Northwest Florida Chapter1993 - 1994
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member1992 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember1992 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member; Board Member (Chapter Representative)1990 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Cox vs. State, 75 So. 3rd 325 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)Affirmed
United State v. Hood, 246 Fed. Appx 611 (11th Cir. 2007)affirmed
United State v. Perez, et al., 30 F3rd 1407 (11th Cir. 1994)affirmed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawJ.D.Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors1985
University of California - San DiegoPolitical ScieneBachelor of Arts with honors1981
St. Petersburg State CollegeNatural ScienceAssociate of Arts with honors1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
People's Law SchoolCriminal Law2014
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeFaculty Member-Florida Regional - Closing Arguments2011
Navy Legal Service Office Central Training SymposiumPresentation of Mitigating Evidence in Pornography Cases2010
Georgetown University Law School Trial Advocacy ProgramFaculty Member2004