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James O Davis Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.4   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
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James Davis was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Davis graduated with honors from the University of North Florida in 1996 and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida in 1999. At St. Thomas Mr. Davis excelled in the classroom and the courtroom as a Certified Legal Intern for the City of Ft. Lauderdale Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Davis won numerous academic awards at St. Thomas University and was honored as a "Who’s Who Among American Law Students."

Upon graduation, Mr. Davis immediately entered private practice with a small firm and began practicing criminal defense. Mr. Davis is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and in Federal Court.  Since 1999, Mr. Davis has successfully defended thousands of clients charged with drug offenses, robberies, burglaries, sexual offenses, economic crimes, and DUI’s.

Mr. Davis has not limited his talents and services to solely handling criminal cases. He has been involved in fighting for individuals injured in all types of accidents.

Mr. Davis also has extensive experience in contract negotiations in both traditional and action sports. As a former National Football League agent and negotiator for action sport athletes, he has negotiated millions of dollars in salary and endorsements for his clients.  Mr. Davis is called upon frequently to negotiate new endorsement opportunities and to find a way out of existing contracts.

Mr. Davis has an unwavering commitment and passion to achieving results for his clients. He is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and is active in the community.  He is proud to call Jacksonville his home.


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Law Office of James Davis , P.A.
300 West Adams Street
Suite 550
Jacksonville, FL, 32202


4.4 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Posted by R.D.. | October 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Job
James is a good guy to talk to and makes you feel at ease about the situation and what he’s going to do about the matter. Never once do you get the feeling he is just another lawyer on the radio talking about how big they are and how much money that won. What’s important is winning for me. Great guy. You will not go wrong with hiring the best. James Davis, P.A.
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Posted by Jonathan | February 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney and Staff around, hands down!!
Best attorney ever, and hands down most amazing paralegal I have ever been so fortunate enough to have fighting for me. Omg above and beyond expectations at every level! Could not be happier with the results of my case, thank you, Office of James Davis, you guys are the best!!!
Posted by Katrina | October 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Davis has saved my life not once but twice. I was first facing criminal charges that carried a sentence of 3 years min and I had never been in trouble for anything. He got me probation and then I violated that with two more charges and he got me much needed rehab. I appreciate him in every way, he is very honest and will let you know exactly what he can do and he never lied to me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2014
Best criminal attorney in Duval county
Where to start? Well, let's start with his front desk staff; Anna is amazing, she is always available when she is called upon (even after hours) and always pleasant to speak with. Mr. Davis did a great job when he hired her! Next, Mr. Davis himself - wow, what a great attorney. During my case, he took EVERY call, answered EVERY question, and I could tell he genuinely cared about me and how my case would resolve. Thanks to his office, I am a free man again.
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Posted by Teri | August 20, 2014
James Davis is the most intelligent lawyer to have on your side, he represented several of my family members and not only did he show professionalism in and out of court , he kept me informed every step of the way ,he is caring , friendly, and the only lawyer my family will ever use !
Posted by PJ | August 20, 2014
Great caring attorney to have on your side.
I was incarcerated for a crime that carried a mandatory 3 year sentence & James got me off with time served. I have had a few attorneys & James is by far the best one I have ever had.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2014
James is a master of his craft and takes a personal interest into each case that he is involved. Furthermore, he is extremely punctual and and straight forward. Mr. Davis did an amazing job on my DUI charge and got me off without any charges or repercussions.
Posted by Erin | January 15, 2014
Personable & Professional
After my arrest I decided to go to court first to see what would happen. I decided to hire Mr. Davis after seeing him in action for other people in the courtroom. Some may call him arrogant but I simply call it confidence and good at what he does. He commanded attention and respect in that courtroom. He kept me informed and always got back with me after I'd leave a message. I'm very happy I chose Mr. Davis. Oh, and yes, he is very handsome.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2013
Mr. Davis will fight for you!
We can't thank Mr Davis enough for his representation of our son. We thought all hope was lost when our son was caught with a gun and drugs in his car. After speaking with Mr. Davis, he assured us he would fight for our son. He definitely kept his word. He got the charges dropped and he just finished expunging my son's record. Thank you Mr. Davis!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2013
Incredible Attorney
I hired Mr. Davis to represent my daughter with a serious felony matter. I am a hand-holder and Mr. Davis always had the time to explain the situation to me. He told it to us like it was, he didn't simply try to make us feel better. His honesty was refreshing although we didn't always want to accept it. In the end he made the most out of a difficult situation and we are eternally grateful we chose him over many other lawyers we spoke with.
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Posted by Sophia | March 28, 2013
Actually was glad to of gone to court just to meet James!!
James was a very to the point, make your case as simple as possible kinda lawyer. I was touched, and amazed how hard he worked for me every step of the way to the point of my case being dismissed. Hes fast, hes GOOD, well respected by the prosecutors and judges. A very likable SMART man. I would absolutely recommend James AND his wonderful staff 100% and more. I would almost say its mandatory not even a question if you want the best outcome possible, because he WILL work hard for you as if you were his own family. I am so very greatful for the Law firm of James Davis, because of him I feel like the hugest weight has been lifted off my chest, and I can live a happy life again.. WIth much appreciation to the James Davis Law will never be forgotten.. Sincerely, A former very satisfied client :)
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Posted by Samuel | March 6, 2013
outstanding person who not only is a lawyer but a friend as well
I have had Mr. DAVIS handle other cases while he was with another firm and was always perfectly happy with him. When I needed a lawyer again I looked him up and seen he now had his own firm and was in his office the next day hiring him to protect me form the law trying to lock me backup because I couldnt pay 12k in state fees and fines. He took care of me and made sure that my case was handled quickly before my P.O could make me spend a night or two in jail. Lawyers that care about there clients are few and far between however James is one of very few that will not just take your money and get to you when he can he will take care of your case without delay and will remember your name after its over.. he and his assistant Anna are awesome they hadnt seen me in 5 years and both remembered my wife and I name and when they seen us, that alone is something that 99% of lawyers wouldnt do. He did his job and he did it well just like every other time ive had him as a lawyer of mine. IMHO he is without doubt the finest lawyer in northeast FLA and should I ever need a lawyer again he is 100% the one I will hire. Ill never need a lawyer to keep me out of jail again because im done with all that BUT if I did hes the man. I wish he did Business law because if he did I would hire him today to protect my Company and livelihood. Hes a great guy that treats you with respect and tells you the truth he doesnt lead you to believe this and its that he tells it how it is and thats one of the most important thing a lawyer can do. Im a straightforward type of person no beating around the bush and thats how he is, you can trust him with your freedom and know without doubt that he cares greatly about his clients and remembers you and thats how a business should be conducted. James and Anna thank you guys from the bottom of the Brock Family's heart you kept us from having the family broken apart while this was sorted out.. we simply can not thank you enough and if theres anything we can do for you just let us know.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2012
Everything we hoped for
We used Mr. Davis to handle our daughter's probation violation. This was her second viloaltion. Mr. Davis told us from the beginning that we might not like the outcome but he would fight to get the best possible result. While we didn't always like hearing the truth, Mr. Davis was always candid when speaking to us. In the end Mr. Davis got her reinstated and kept her from going to prison. We are very grateful for his services!
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Posted by Val | September 22, 2012
Perfect Representation.
Thank you for all your expertise in the case of my daughter. Everything you explained and told us was right on. We would definately recommend you to anyone. So professional and so is your staff. Thanks again Mr Davis for a excellent job. I would use you again in a heartbeat
Posted by DeWayne | July 30, 2012
Professionalism at Its finest
James Davis has been everything I expected out of a Lawyer here in Jacksonville. Not only was I provided with the professionalism I expected, Mr. Davis administered a level of genuineness that is a rarity. I would highly recommend James Davis to anyone in pursuit of a Lawyer with first-class credentials.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2012
Incredible Criminal Attorney
We met Mr. Davis when our son was involved in a crime. We had no previous dealings in criminal matters and were completely unaware of the process that we would go through. Mr. Davis was extremely professional and walked us through the entire process; he was completely upfront about the potential outcome of this case. In the end, Mr. Davis was instrumental in getting an excellent outcome for our son. We are forever grateful to Mr. Davis and would highly recommend him to anyone that is involved in a criminal matter - you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Mechelle | April 3, 2012
Best of the Best
Mr Davis help me on my dui case never met him made me a very happy happy person he is the best of the best thank you sir
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2012
Great Criminal Lawyerq
James Davis is an excellent Criminal Lawyer. He helped me on my case when I was caught with possession of drugs. He walked me step by step through the drug possession process and I came out with a minimal sentence - this was really important to me because I needed to get my life back on track.
Posted by Chris | February 14, 2012
Simply The Best
Mr. Davis was professional yet kind. He did exactly what he said he would do for me. I am incredibly grateful and was so very fortunate to have had him representing me. His assistant was very helpful as well. Always quick to return an email or phone call. I reccommend this attorney with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Posted by Teri | January 24, 2012
in your time of need hire someone who truly cares
Mr. Davis took on my case and from the moment of hiring him I truly felt like I had a professional on my side. He made sure to keep me informed of every step we were taking, always explaining the legalities to me. Mr, Davis is very knowledgeable when it comes to the law, he is very kind and most important he is trustworthy.I have worked with other lawyers in the past and none have showed me the confidence Mr, Davis showed, He will forever be my lawyer and I will reccomend him to anyone needing legal representation. He is truly a professional and caring person and lawyer who gets the job done.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Shafer & Associates
  • 1999 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Total Sports Representation
  • 1999 - 2007


  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of North Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • State v. D.T.
  • Case dropped
  • State v. C.M.
  • Reckless driving, no DUI


  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Legal Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (21)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an extremely professional and knowledgeable attorney who is dedicated to getting the best possible result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Davis is a great criminal law and DUI attorney. His devotion to his clients and cases is a role model to other attorneys. He knows criminal law and DUI law to a high level. He works his cases for success for his clients. You are in good hands with James Davis as your attorney. David Willis"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has the respect of his fellow lawyers and the judges he practices in front of. He is dedicated to his clients and everything he does is in their best interests. You cannot go wrong by hiring James on as your defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hardworking and zealous advocate for all of his client. Davis is very passionate about his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse attorney Davis. He is deeply involved in the Avvo community and his expertise and passion is evident in his answers to questions. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very competent, aggressive and honest attorney. He does everything he can for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse James Davis. I have worked with him on a handful of cases and he does a great job with all of his clients. He is very honest with everyone he deals with and has been successful handling many types of different cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Davis is a lawyer of the highest caliber. He keeps up with the law and is always there for his clients. If you are in trouble, give him a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. As one of the most well established criminal defense attorneys in North Florida, I recommend him for any criminal issue that may arise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Davis has accumulated the highest level of experience and uses it to his client's benefit everyday. He is very well respected locally for his court room knowledge and legal skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I believe James is an exceptional lawyer. We refer cases to each other on a regular basis and I believe you are in good hands when you are with James."
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