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James Madison Ardoin III
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James Madison Ardoin III

also known as Jimmy Ardoin

Practice areas:

White Collar Crime, Federal Crime, Securities & Investment Fraud, Criminal Defense, Litigation

About Me

Jimmy Ardoin believes in a commitment to excellence when representing his clients in both criminal and civil matters.  He has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts.  That experience has helped his clients to be acquitted of the most serious of charges; to gain leverage in settlement negotiations; and to avoid trial all together by getting his clients’ cases dismissed.


 


The goal for Jimmy in each and every case is to provide nothing short of aggressive, thorough, and superior representation to his clients.  When a person ends up in the court system their lawyer is the only person who can speak for them.  Jimmy’s tireless work ethic and hands on approach with his clients, ensures that he is his clients’ voice in the courtroom.


 


In 2012, 2013, and 2014 Jimmy was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.  He was also named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40.  Jimmy also is a frequent contributor to news outlets around the country on various legal issues, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, and the Houston Business Journal to name a few.  He also has been invited to speak at various continuing legal education seminars helping to teach other lawyers.


 


From the moment a potential client calls Jimmy for advice they realize that they will get the best representation possible.  No matter the case, he will answer any and all questions a person has before they even set foot in his office.  He will also be frank and direct when advising a client about their situation and will take the time to sit down with a person and explain the law and how the law applies to the facts of that client’s case.  It’s Jimmy belief that trust is the most important component of the attorney/client relationship and honesty is the only way to gain that trust.


 


When he’s not in the courtroom or at the office, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his wife and young son.  He is an avid sports fan and religiously follows the Texas Longhorns football team in addition to coaching his son’s youth sports teams.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Litigation: 20%
    11 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    11 years
  3. Securities & Investment Fraud: 20%
    11 years
  4. Federal Crime: 20%
    11 years
  5. White Collar Crime: 20%
    11 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Patrick Jonathan O'Hara

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Patrick O'Hara Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jack Wade Bainum

    Jimmy is an intelligent and creative defense attorney who is well respected in the legal community. He fights hard for his clients. I endorse Jimmy Ardoin.

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    Jack Bainum Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

ArdoinLaw, PLLC

2118 Smith Street
Houston, TX, 77002

Dallas Office

2101 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 1050
Dallas, TX, 75201

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200405/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Texas Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerArdoinLaw, PLLC2011 - Present
PartnerCogdell & Ardoin, LLC2010 - 2011
AssociateCogdell Law Firm2004 - 2010

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Garland R. Walker American Inn of CourtN/A2014 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State vs. SWSuccessfully convinced the Judge to give deferred adjudiction with restitution when the prosecutor was only offering prison time.
State v. CBGrand Jury packet was presented and the grand jury declined to indict client; case dismissed
United States vs. MorganConvinced the Judge to give time served on a case where the statute precluded probation.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2004
University of Texas System, AustinHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2000