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JIM PARKMAN, co-founding partner of Parkman & White, LLC, offers an incredible background of experience in successfully defending high-profile clients on charges ranging from white collar crime to public corruption to murder. Mr. Parkman has handled cases including a high-level health services executive accused of accounting fraud, a powerful Swedish businessman charged with embezzlement, a former mayor of Detroit in connection with public corruption charges, and an Alabama state senator accused of bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering charges. In addition to white-collar crimes, Mr. Parkman has successfully defended countless federal drug and weapons offenses, as well as allegations of homicide, arson, and burglary.


Perhaps Mr. Parkman’s most astonishing courtroom victory came in late 2004, when his client, former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, was acquitted of each of 36 counts of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and making false statements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty the charges, which related to over $2.7 billion in accounting fraud. As lead counsel in the case, Mr. Parkman represented perhaps the only known executive ever to be acquitted of charges of accounting fraud under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.


As Mr. Parkman will tell you, he doesn’t do it alone. The attorneys at Parkman & White employ a unique team approach to each case they handle, facilitated by a low-volume and selective practice, which allows them to maximize the impact of strategic trial decisions and their combined areas of specialized expertise. Proclaimed by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto to be the “Greatest Lawyer on the Planet,” Mr. Parkman was named to The Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


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  1. White Collar Crime: 30%
    3 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    3 years
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    3 years
  4. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 15%
    3 years
  5. Other: 19%
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Ryan G. Blanch

    I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. He is by far the most talented and hard working trial attorney I have ever worked with. He is also a member of that elite group of criminal defense attorneys who has won far more criminal trials than he has lost. His cases have made major media headlines and he wins, seemingly every time. I have seen the U.S. Attorney's office file motions to separate his client from the other co defendants simply to keep James Parkman away from their jury. One need only research him online to discover the litany of high profile victories in his collection of pelts.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Parkman White, LLP

1929 3rd Ave
Suite 700
Birmingham, AL, 35203


ALAuthorized to practice law197911/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneysAmerican Registry2011
Top Attorneys in AlabamaBusiness Alabama Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-Founding AttorneyParkman & White, LLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Super LawyersMember2010 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember, Past President1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. SmithAcquittal
State of California v. ErikksonMistrial
United States v. ScrushyAcquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes (Inside the Minds)Leading Lawyers on Interpreting Today's Drug Cases, Developing a Thorough Defense, and Protecting a Client's Rights2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of AlabamaMarketingBusiness Administration1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California GatheringProtecting Yourself from Corporate FraudN/A
Florida Bar Association GatheringClosing ArgumentsN/A
Alabama State Bar Association GatheringEffective Cross ExaminationN/A