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Jamie Lee Nobles

Criminal defense Attorney at Rochester, NY

5.0   15 reviews

also known as James, Nobles

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 8 years
    New York - NY 20 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2015
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2003
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Jamie

Learn Jamie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Prominent Criminal Defense Attorney in Rochester, NY. Representing defendants in State and Federal Court.

    20 years, 1,088 cases

  2. Personal injury

    7 years, 8 cases

JAMES NOBLES was born and raised in Conesus, New York. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a trial lawyer fighting for people's rights. He is happiest when he is sinking his teeth into a high-profile, complex and serious case that will likely go to trial.

Mr. Nobles attended Genesee Community College and graduated from Nazareth College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He then graduated Cum Laude from New York Law School and went on to receive an LLM in Criminal Law, with Honors, from University of Buffalo Law School. Mr. Nobles is believed to be the only criminal defense lawyer with this advanced law degree practicing in Rochester.

As an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, Mr. Nobles handled hundreds of criminal cases. Two highlights of his career as a prosecutor were an undefeated jury trial record and a unanimous guilty verdict on the top charge in seven minutes (believed to be an office best at the time). 

Since leaving the D.A.'s office, Mr. Nobles has handled all levels of criminal cases, from violations and DWI to guns, drugs, as well as numerous homicides. Mr. Nobles' legal achievements have been noted by the industry. In 2007, he was named one of Rochester's Emerging Bar Leaders and in 2008, he was awarded the Up & Coming Attorney award. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 Mr. Nobles was named a Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer in New York.

In 2015, Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis became partners in the Nobles & DeCarolis law firm to better serve their clients both individually and, when requested, as a team. Together they have successfully handled some of the most notorious and publicized local cases in recent years. In 2016, Nobles & DeCarolis added personal injury cases to their practice, taking their trial experience and skills to civil court to fight for the injured and their families.

More significant than experience or credentials is Mr. Nobles' commitment to his clients. He understands the personal and professional challenges surrounding criminal and civil court matters and is committed to providing unsurpassed customer service and advocacy in both criminal and personal injury cases.

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Nobles & DeCarolis
1507 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14618


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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
James Nobles is a phenomenal Attorney.
James was always punctual, honest, direct and always maintained a satisfactory amount of communication. James made me feel confident about my options and outcomes, he properly coached me for all of my interactions and answers all of my questions. James never missed a court date or neglected any documents and was always up to speed with any changes and updates in my situation. I am truly grateful to have been referred to and worked with, James. I would recommend Mr. Nobles to anyone who needed legal advice or representation. I have already deeply thanked James but I will have to again here. Thank you for all your efforts, hard work and diligence!
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Posted by Travis | January 14, 2020
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Phenomenal attorney
Jamie guided me through the process of my case efficiently and in detail. He is very knowledgeable and is quick to share that knowledge so that I was able to understand everything I needed to know about my case. I highly recommend the representation of Jamie Lee Nobles.
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2019
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Trust the Best to Defend you and your Future
I have had two unfortunate situations in my life that could have resulted in the loss of my professional license, loss of my job, and possibly even loss of my freedom. James handled both cases with professionalism and gotten me the best possible outcomes in both situations. I would not trust anybody else and would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody in a similar situation. Most recently he handled a DWI case with success that I frankly couldn't believe. Don't play around with your future, hire the best.
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Posted by Hypatia | September 13, 2019
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The best lawyer you can get
Everyone should hire James Nobles. He went above and beyond in my case. And he genuinely cares about the stakes involved for his clients, not just winning, though he will win -- he's ambitious, competitive, and driven as hell. He also made me, a weirdo philosopher, feel like a normal person, which helped me get through my trial immensely. And he won. He seriously listens, has the patience of Job, and is real. And he does it all with such grace that even the losers feel respected.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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Professional, outstanding and amazing lawyer. Don't think about going anywhere else but with Mr. Nobles. I can speak first hand how well he handled my case.
Posted by Tigist | September 21, 2018
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Relieved & grateful
Since day 1 , James did everything he could to help me. He kept me confident. Kept in contact with me about everything. He fought for me since the day he became my lawyer. Everything he assured me of he did. I am so grateful for him and the results of my case . Even after my case if I call him he’s going to answer or call me back by the end of the day. He truly cares about his clients. My family and I are forever indebited to this man he saved me from going to prison.
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Posted by Physician and University faculty member | September 5, 2018
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A Life Saver!
If you require expert legal assistance and wise counsel, James is the Attorney to hire. He literally came to my rescue, and bailed me out of a terrible situation. He then proceeded to guide me through a Twilight Zone nightmare with superb, authoritative advocacy and genuine concern for my well-being. He is extremely bright, aggressive, and very personable. This is the person you want beside you if/when you find yourself in a "legal foxhole". I now consider him a good friend and counselor for life.
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Posted by Shenika | May 5, 2018
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Wonderful Attorney great personality found him last min but it was like he been there from the beginning of my case! I just want to say thank you so much Mr.Nobles without you I would have been another victim of this thing called unfair punishment once again Thank you so much you are truly one of a kind
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
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Possession in the 7th
Live out of the area and needed a local Rochester attorney for our daughter. Found Mr. Nobles in a roundabout way. From the initial consultation to the disposition of the case, he was thoughtful, prepared, thorough and patient, outlining specifics on what could happen. He projected a quiet but thoroughly confident command of the situation in the courtroom, reducing my daughter's anxiety. Mr. Nobles is a consummate professional, filled with integrity and holds himself to a high standard in representing his clients. Results far exceeded our expectations.
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Posted by JJ | June 19, 2015
Saved my butt
I was charged with a gun charge and faced 7-15 in prison if we blew trial. Mr. Nobles exposed the main witness as a self serving liar. I was found not guilty in less than a half hour. My family spent a lot on him, but it was worth every penny.
Posted by Ron | December 24, 2014
criminal possession of a controlled substance and AUO
James represented me in Rochester City Court for charges listed above. I believe I received the best legal representation available from Mr. Nobles and received a very lienient plea bargain especially regarding my prior criminal history and the evidence against me. I can never thank him enough and believe his legal fees where unbelievably reasonable for the quality representation I received.
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Posted by Christopher | August 12, 2014
One In A Million
I was arrested for Grand Larceny from my former employer in January of 2013. At that time I retained a lawyer who I had worked with before on a totally unrelated issue. My situation was complicated as it also tied into my crumbling marriage as well, and there was a lot of dirty tactics going on behind the scenes. The DA's offer to me was 3 to 9 years and my former lawyer wasn't helping at all. When we began to realize what was happening between my ex-wife and my former lawyer, my mother began researching lawyers. Mr. Nobles came highly recommended and I now know why. Mr. Nobles is one of the most trustworthy and forthright men I have ever met. He is straight forward and fair. He doesn't sugar coat or give you any false hope. He will represent you in a manner that is honest and true to what a lawyer should be. I was impressed by him the very first time we met and have continued to be in awe of his courtroom presence and legal know how ever since. He stands on principles and most important of all, he doesn't judge. He fully recognizes that people make mistakes, and if you are truly willing to move on and make amends you'll find no better advocate than Mr. Nobles. I can only imagine how impressive he must be when he is defending someone who has literally been falsely accused. While I am not planning on needing a criminal defense lawyer anytime in the near future, if I knew of anyone who was looking for the best legal representation in Rochester, I would give them Mr. Nobles name each and every time. I went from looking at State Prison for 3 to 9 years to serving weekends in jail. He worked out a plea deal that was fair and livable. He truly is one in a million and God forbid if you are going through anything and need representation, look no further!
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Posted by Tom | March 12, 2014
Great attorney.
I was in big trouble when I hired Mr. Nobles. I was recommended to him by a friend. I was charged with some criminal domestic violence charges while going though a divorce. The claims were baseless, but very serious. I risked going to state prison and losing my kids. Mr. Nobles did his own investigation into my ex and found a lot of things I didn't even know. He took the information to the DA and the case was dismissed before I was even indicted. His aggressive investigation also and what he uncovered even helped my divorce attorney get me primary customer. I can't thank James enough.
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Posted by Joe | November 13, 2013
I can't thank him enough.
James literally saved my life. He represented my on an attempted murder a few years ago. It took a long time, but I was acquitted at trial. It took me a long time to get my life back, but I could not have done it without him. He broke down the DA's case every step of the way. My family and I can't thank him enough.
Posted by Brandi | August 20, 2010
When I was convicted of 3 harassment charges AND resisted arrest (a misdemeanor), I had NO idea who to call. Luckily I was talking to a friend of mine who mentioned that his lawyer, James Nobles, got his case & a couple of his friends cases dismissed also. When I called James he responded and met with me right away. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable at the same time. He kept me informed of what was going to happen throughout each step of the process which made me feel confident about my outcome. I could tell from the first court date that he was very experienced and skilled in the court room. After my second court date ALL of my charges were dismissed. I couldn’t have done it without the help of James, and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer who cares about his clients and is dedicated to getting successful results.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Nobles & DeCarolis
  • 2015 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Nobles Defense
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Monroe County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Devalk, Hendricks & Power
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2008
  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • People v. Charles Tan
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Maxwell Wyant
  • Acquitted
  • People v. Darren Venable
  • Not Guilty


  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral Service
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Section Vice Chair
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Monroe County Bar Association, DWI Court Steering Committee
  • Defense Bar Representative
  • 2007 - 2007
  • New York State Law Guardian Program
  • Law Guardian
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Professional Performance Committee
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Reader Ranking Best Criminal Defense Firm
  • Rochester Business Journal
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Up and Coming Attorney
  • Daily Record
  • 2008
  • Rochester's Emerging Bar Leader
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • 2007
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  • Dateline NBC
  • House of Secrets: Charlie Tan Case
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • 33rd Annual Conference, National Academy of Neuropsychologists, San Diego, CA
  • A Practical Survival Guide for Experts Entering the Criminal Legal System
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Jamie
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is an incredibly gifted attorney. His reputation is impeccable. I recommend him without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nobles is a skilled, experienced, and hardworking attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with James as a prosecutor, I have tried cases against him when he became a defense attorney, and I have worked as a defense attorney with him representing co-defendants of my clients. I even referred a murder case to him and he did an outstanding job on it. He is professional, extremely capable, and a highly effective advocate for his clients. He is well respected in the community and I am happy to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding background with excellent results for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nobles has a strong record of success because he has what every defense attorney should - an incredible work ethic, and a true belief in his own ability to use the system to the advantage of every single client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nobles is well-known as an aggressive advocate for his clients, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends."
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