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Jim Skinner is a 20+ year law enforcement veteran and former prosecutor who brings vast investigative knowledge and experience to a law firm that uses a multi-disciplinary approach in providing quality legal services. Throughout his law enforcement career, Skinner received extensive training and accumulated years of experience in narcotics enforcement, complex white-collar crime, public corruption, violent crimes and homicide investigations. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001, Skinner worked as a trial lawyer with Michael Pezzulli and Chris Barnes before becoming an Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office. In 2008, Mr. Skinner re-entered the private sector where he consulted for complex civil litigators and corporate entities on the discovery and investigation of financially motivated criminal activity. In 2011, Skinner served as Collin County's Second Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division before returning to the Firm.

Skinner is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Fraud and Financial Investigations Training Program, the Advanced White Collar Crime Training Program, the Telecommunications Fraud Training Program, MCTFT's International Money Laundering Training, the FBI's Narcotics Related Financial Investigative Techniques Training Program, the DEA's Basic Narcotics/Dangerous Drug Enforcement School and numerous other programs related to the discovery and investigation of complex financial crime and organized criminal activity.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    9 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    9 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    9 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%
    9 years

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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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  • Andrew Meade

    Jim Skinner is a class act and a first-rate litigator in every sense.


    Andrew Meade Commercial Attorney
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Contact info

Pezzulli Barnes, LLP

17300 Preston Road
Ste. 220
Dallas, TX, 75252


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200110/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Second Assistant / Chief, Special Prosecution DivisionCollin County Criminal District Attorney's Office2011 - 2011
PartnerWaddill Skinner, LLP2008 - 2010
Assistant District Attorney / Special ProsecutorCollin County Criminal District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
PartnerPezzulli Kinser, LLP2002 - 2006
AssociatePezzulli Loewinsohn, LLP2001 - 2002
Chief Investigator VState of New Mexico Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office1991 - 1998
Ssgt / Security PoliceUnited States Air Force1979 - 1987
Police OfficerCity Of Harker Heights1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Texas Crime CommissionLaw Enforcement Liaison Committee MemberN/A
North Texas Police Chiefs AssociationHonorary MemberN/A
Dallas County Sheriff's DepartmentReserve Deputy SheriffN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of HoustonDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2001