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James Michael Price II

James Michael Price II

also known as J. Michael Price II, Mike Price

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime, Federal Crime, Juvenile

About Me

Mike Price has been representing citizens accused of crimes since he was a student in law school. While many of his fellow students were in class listening to professors tell them what the law was, Mike was in the Dallas County Criminal Courthouse learning first-hand how the system really works. This experience early in his legal education convinced Mike to dedicate his professional career exclusively to the defense of those people and businesses accused of crimes by local, state or federal authorities.


While many of Mike's colleagues like to focus on their past experience as a prosecutor or judge, Mike stays focused on achieving results in the courtroom.


"The best lawyer to defend a person accused of a crime is an attorney who has devoted his entire career to defending the rights of people rather than trying to put people in jail or prison."


Mike has handled over 1,500 criminal cases since 1995. He has prosecuted none. These cases have ranged from simple misdemeanors, DWI's, assaults, drug possession, grand jury representations, rapes, robberies, and complex white-collar federal investigations. This wealth of experience has come from where it matters the most: The Defense side of the table--Representing persons accused of a crime. Mike has a firm belief that the only way to handle a criminal case successfully is to investigate and prepare every case as if it were going to be tried in front of a jury. By doing this, every case gets fully investigated and the best resolution for every client can be achieved, even if the case does not ultimately end in a trial. Most "Former Prosecutors" are not skilled and experienced in criminal defense law, cross-examination, defense experts, or investigating a case from the defense prospective. Even prosecutors that have been 'criminal defense lawyers' for many years sometime never lose their 'everyone's guilty' mentality. This is a huge gamble to take when you are considering the effects of a criminal charge on your freedom, family, and career.


Mike Price was born in North Carolina in 1970. He moved to Sherman, Texas, in 1973 and graduated from Sherman High School in 1988. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and graduated cum laude in 1992. Austin College is a small, private Presbyterian school known for its academic excellence. While attending A.C., Mike was a 3-year varsity team letterman on the Austin College Football Team. He was selected as a Texas Interscholastic Athletic Association Academic All-Conference member in 1989, 1990, and 1991. In 1990, Mike and the 'Kangaroos' advanced to the NAIA Division II National Playoffs. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas. While at SMU, he was a student attorney in the SMU Law School Criminal Justice Clinic. After representing many clients throughout the criminal process, including jury trials, Mike was chosen to be the Supervising Student Attorney for the next class of students in this program. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1995.


After graduating from law school, Mike began working for the legendary criminal defense attorney George R. Milner. Mike became a partner in his firm in 1998. In 2001, Mike became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. While most attorneys have to practice 10, 15 or 20 years to reach the experience level necessary to achieve Board Certification, Mike met the rigorous requirements and passed the exam after being licensed for only 6 years. In 2002, Mike became the Managing Partner and a founding member of Milner & Finn, a law firm dedicated to the exclusive defense of criminal cases in both state and federal court. In 2006, Mike became Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is now one of only a handful of attorneys who is certified in Criminal Law at both the state and national level. In addition, Mike has been named a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2005. He is also "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for both ethics and legal ability.


Mike's wife, Krissa, is a former teacher and Drill Team Director for Plano Senior High School. She is now a full-time Mom of two boys, Trey and Brenden. Mike and Krissa enjoy boating with their friends and family at Lake Texoma, traveling, and attending as many Dallas Stars Hockey games as their schedules will allow!

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
    21 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    21 years, 500 cases
  4. Juvenile: 5%
    21 years
  5. Federal Crime: 5%
    21 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199508/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Ask the Expert--Criminal LawD Magazine Legal Directory2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Board Certified--Criminal Trial LawNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification2010
Board Certified--Crimnal LawTEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION2010
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Board Certified--Criminal Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy2006
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubble2006
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Board Certified--Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2001

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerMilner Finn Price2001 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of TexasMember1996 - Present
Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of TexasMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2000
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMember1995 - 2005
Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Phi Delta PhiMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. _____________Jury Trial Not Guilty

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
The Center for American and International LawDefense Trial Tactics to Win a DWI Breath Test Case2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Austin CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Defense Trial Tactics to Win A DWI Breath Test CaseLessons Learned - Winning Strategies2007
A Day in the Life of a Texas Criminal Defense LawyerThe Forgotten Phase-Punishment Defense2002