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Amber Yerkey James

Divorce and separation Attorney at Huntsville, AL

4.8   30 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Amber

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I HELP CLIENTS RESOLVE THEIR LEGAL DISPUTES WITHOUT MESSING UP THEIR KIDS.

            I believe that representing clients in family law cases is not just a job or an area of law to practice.  I believe it is a calling, a mission given to me by God to help hurting people.  That calling was so crystal clear the night I prayed for guidance.  I did not initially understand what that meant.  I thought God was calling me  to be a personal injury lawyer.  Many of my life experiences had driven me to the point of wanting to be a lawyer, but all those things had lead me to believe I was supposed to be a lawyer who helped physical hurt people find justice.  After I got divorced, met my current husband, and began working for Judge Ferguson, I discovered that no one hurts more than the children who go through a divorce or separation between their parents.  Their parents hurt, but the children hurt more.  The pain, anxiety, depression, guilt, separation, anger, and frustration that these children experience are immeasurable.   Another thing I have noticed in the time I have been practicing law is that I sometimes see clients for more than one case.  I see them over and over, one divorce after another, or one case after another because either their personal, legal, emotional, financial or psychological needs were not resolved completely the first time around.  I also found that parents come out of the divorce or separation process thinking he or she now knows everything he or she needs to know to move forward in a financially sound manner and with a 4 hour trans-parenting class under his or her belt knows everything he or she need to know to successfully co-parent.  Unfortunately, this is not at all the case. 

 

 

 

            This was evident to me in my own divorce situation.  When I got divorced, my attorney handed me my documents and said, “well you are divorced, good luck.”  As I sat there and looked at those papers, I was heartbroken because in my mind I had failed.  I had failed at being a married person.  However, I was also in law school, working full time, and a single parent at that point.  I felt momentarily reassured that so long as the child support came on time and my son’s father made the house payment on time for the next year as he had agreed to do, I would find a way to trudge through and start my life over again.  Boy was I wrong.  Four months later, when the house payments weren’t being made on time, the child support was late, and I was struggling to make ends meet, I landed in bankruptcy court and had to sign my home back over to the bank.  All I could think at that time was, “why didn’t someone tell me this could happen that this could be my life.”  It was at that point that I felt completely hopeless and alone, and I was frustrated with the whole process.  But, life went on, and I remarried, finished law school and started my practice.  For seven years, I practiced law much the same way as my lawyer had and forgot about all those feelings I had all those years ago.  Recently, at the urging of some very special people in my life, I spent some time in deep reflection and worked with my coach to determine what I really wanted my practice to be like and how I wanted to change the world.  During that time, this new firm came into being. 

 

 

 

            Clients need solutions today with an eye toward tomorrow, the day after, the month after, the year after, etc.  They need an aftercare program to allow them to have ongoing support, counseling, financial advice, budgeting, etc.  As lawyers, we are not equipped to necessarily deal with all these issues.  However, we should have the resources at our fingertips to get our clients through the process.  We should not see our clients as a number, a file, or a dollar sign.  Each is a unique person who is part of a unique family.  The families have their own unique issues and needs.  These families don’t go away.  They change or morph over time just like an intact family.  Our mission is to move them through the process of separation or divorce in such a manner that when they come out on the other side they have a new beginning for their new unique family situation and know how to live as part of that new family dynamic going forward in a healthy, holistic manner.

 

 

 

            Due to my experience working with Judge Ferguson and my own divorce experience, I knew there had to be a better way to practice family law that helped parties resolve disputes, helped children not suffer the negative impact of their parents’ divorces, and helped parties learn from his or her mistakes and move into their future relationships in such a way that mistakes are not repeated.  The service we provide to our clients along with our relationships with preferred outside vendors allows us to help our clients through this horrible time in their lives to find a new beginning for them and their children.   

 

 

 

            On the other hand, there are couples and singles who want to be parents but cannot do so by regular means.  They struggle with beginning their definition of a family.  The pain of losing a child through miscarriage or not being able to get pregnant even with the help of traditional scientific methods can be so great that it causes lasting grief and depression that impact the family unit he or she or they already have.  However, there are children out there being born everyday who have no one to love them, who are being born to mothers who do love them, so much so that the mother knows that she is not the child’s best option.  There are also children out there who have one good parent but for whatever reason the other biological parent is gone. Then, a great person steps in as a step-parent and says, “hey, I want to be your forever parent, I cannot imagine not being your mom or dad.”  There are also great women out there who would be happy to be a vessel for carrying another couple’s child or children for them so that they can have the family of their dreams.  I want to be there to help these couples create their own new beginning.   Nothing gives  me more joy as a lawyer than bringing a family together.   

 

 

 

            Our goal is to provide great service to our clients, and in doing so, help our clients grow as people and as parents, put them on the path of changing their family tree for the better, and do so so well that when they hear of a friend or family member in the same or similar situation as theirs that they will want their family and friends to be able to be a part of what we are doing as well.

 

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Location

New Beginnings Family Law, P.C.
2204 Whitesburg Drive SW
Suite 200
Huntsville, AL, 35801

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best. I would recommend to anyone!
Amber James worked diligently on our custody case and we prevailed in our hearing. She is thorough and always provides the best advice and guidance. She kept us focused on what we needed to do when things got tough. I would recommend her (and have many times) to anyone who needs family law representation.
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2012
Exceptional Attorney; knows her way around a courtroom!!
Ms. James handled my custody/child support case in Morgan County from out of state. I’d lived in another state for years before my divorce was finalized and my previous attorney let me settle with my ex as if I also lived in Morgan Co, I didn’t realize the ramifications of this until after the divorce. Ms. James was very helpful and able to get my visitation schedule modified appropriately and fairly including making it mandatory for my ex to meet with the children versus me baring the burden of all the driving every other weekend. She's always been accommodating and reachable via phone or e-mail and makes time for me when I'm in town to review or prepare my case. Where Ms. James really shines is in the court room. You can tell that she is well respected by the other attorneys and Judges. She knows how to handle herself and represent her client well. If you’re seeking assistance in family law I would recommend Amber James and James Family Law without hesitation! I know she'll be my first choice when we have to go back to court.
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Response from Amber James July 20, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to represent you, and I was very pleased with the outcome we achieved in your case.
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer
One of my friends had a problem staying with in-laws and was looking for a solution on whether she should go for separation. The lawyer helped her understand the pros and cons of the same.
Posted by Terry | January 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Joy Smith vs Terry Smith
Amber did a professional job presenting my case before the court. She kept me advised of all the details. She made me fill that we all in this to gather!
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney - Highly Recommend
Amber helped me through some tricky child-custody litigation, post-divorce. She was attentive, knowledgeable and kind throughout the process. It was exceptionally reassuring to know she was in my corner and I had complete confidence in her throughout. I'm very grateful to her and her team for all their hard work in bringing my case to a successful resolution.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2018
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Dad's Hire Amber!
My case was a difficult one a long drawn-out divorce dispute with kids involved. At the beginning of the divorce, I was behind on my child support which made it difficult to determine where I stood with paying it off. After paying the child support for years and having a couple of job interruptions it was difficult to tell whether or not my back child support was paid off or not. That's when I hired Amber James. Amber and her team were able to determine where I was with my payments and was able to prove in court that I had indeed paid off all my arrearage. Amber also made sure that I did not have to pay any other expenses to my EX. Other expenses such as college expenses and medical expenses. Amber and her team got me more than what I hired her for. Dad's if you need an attorney that cares and that will represent your best interests as a caring responsible father I highly recommend you consider Amber James.
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Posted by Vern | July 17, 2018
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Service with compassion
Amber was there at a time when I needed help the most. I was involved in a very difficult modification and custody battle spanning almost 2 years. With each court appearance, she was extremely professional and beyond compassionate to help alleviate my nervousness. When it came to for the case to go to trial her legal experience and expertise really shone through. She was successful in that I now have 50/50 custody with my daughter. Amber and her staff always kept me informed of what was going on. Always returned phone calls and emails and answering questions even on the weekends, if needed. I would recommend Amber James to anyone needing an attorney. Her faith and straightforwardness was a true blessing in my life during a time I felt hopeless to fight.
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Posted by Emily | April 24, 2018
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Thank you for all you do!
I chose New Beginnings Family Law after reading Amber Yerkey James's profile on Avvo, and her goals for her legal practice. Both Ruby Panter and Amber chose to represent me, and I cannot express how fantastic they both are and what an incredible a job they did. The entire law firm exceeded my expectations in every way. Every single person I interacted with cared about my case and my child. They worked with me on payments when my finances took a turn for the worse, they advised me on ways I could help my daughter when her mental health took a turn for the worse, and they went above and beyond during our year and a half legal battle. If you need an honest, reliable, and compassionate law firm that will fight for you as though it was their own child on the line, you absolutely must seek the services of New Beginnings Family Law. Thank you for taking on my case and for taking care of my little girl. It means the world to me.
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Response from Amber James May 3, 2018
Thank you so much for your review. It was such a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Jeff | April 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
David James
I was seeking advice even though I was told that my divorce was being taken care of by another Attorney. The information I received was very helpful and direct to the point. I felt more at ease when leaving the office that I was headed in the right direction and New Beginnings would be there if needed.
Response from Amber James May 3, 2018
Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you felt more at ease after leaving our office. If there is ever anything that either David Pace or I can do to assist you in the future, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Posted by Anna | March 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Superb
Amber is amazing at what she does! I had her represent me several times and she did not disappoint. She not only knows how to get the job done, but genuinely cares for you and your situation, and goes above and beyond to fix the issue. I couldn’t have ask for a better person to have my back.
Response from Amber James March 23, 2018
Anna, Thank you so much for your review. It was an honor to work with you.
Posted by Alison | February 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Yes
Amber and her team have helped me on a few occasions, very friendly and compassionate. They truly want the best fir their clients and fight to ensure that. Highly recommend Amber and her team.
Posted by Charlie | December 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Friendly Service
I started having spousal issues while I was deployed to Afghanistan. I contacted Ms Amber James to look into a divorce. They were very helpful and worked with me via e-mail to get me ready. Once I returned, they helped me proceed with my divorce. Ms James and everyone else in the office that I dealt with was always professional. She kept me informed and gave solid legal advice. Due to their hard work and professionalism, my divorce was settled better than I thought possible. I would (and have) recommend Ms James for your divorce needs. No one in Huntsville is better.
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Posted by Amy | September 20, 2017
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Custody and Visitation
Amber and her team went above and beyond for my family and I. She has represented me in more than one instance and she has exceeded my expectations each time. She listens to your concerns and provides unbiased advice. She is extremely knowledgeable and strives to make you feel comfortable in these difficult situations. I have recommended her to many people and all have been pleased with her results. Great lawyer and great team.
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Posted by Janisea | August 3, 2017
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Best Experience
The team at New Beginnings are exceptional in every way. Everyone provides encouragement and positive support. I met with Amber to review my case and was super pleased. After I gave her a high level of my situation, she was able to provide me a clear synopsis of our discussion and a next step action plan that truly fit my need. Amber and her team are truly phenomenal.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
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Supportive and Informative
I was so very pleased with the team, Amber and Krissy. They both were extremely supportive through a difficult time, They both completely understood my concerns and treated both of us with dignity and respect.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing team
Amber did an amazing job working for me and making me feel valuable and secure in my divorce proceeding. I never felt neglected and was always promptly informed on events. I got everything I wanted and needed and would refer her to anyone who needed a family attorney who actually KNEW what they are doing.
Posted by Paul Janssen | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First consultation
Amber is very professional but also compassionate to the concerns of her clients. It is a very tense time for our family right now and Amber is able to put many of our worries to rest. I'm extremely happy that we chose her to represent us in this troubling time. It's good to know she has our interests at heart.
Posted by Emily | July 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing and dedicated team - truly the best
Amber and her team provided the best support I could have ever asked for. They were caring and passionate about my situation, and always professional and thorough when it came down to taking care of business. They were completely transparent in all their actions, and communicated with me on a daily basis via phone calls, texts, and emails. They were also quick to provide copies of all documentation related to my case. I honestly could not have asked for a better group to have helped me through the most challenging fight of my life. During negotiations with opposing counsel, Amber took the time to personally research their counter-offers then call and explain everything to me in great detail. Her attention to detail and dedication to me and my case will never be forgotten. I will never be able to repay them for all they did (and continue to do) for me and my family!
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Posted by Chasity | January 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amber is simply amazing!
Amber helped me through the most painful time of my life. She was there to guide me every step of the way through my unexpected divorce. She knows what she's doing and fought with me and for me til the very end. She was amazing and made sure it ended in my favor! I don't know too many lawyers that respond to text messages like she does. She even initiated some of them and it wasn't to say 'pay me' it was truly to check on my son and I. I never felt like a client with her more like a friend or family. Amber was a godsend to me and she'll always hold a special place in my heart for all the genuine kindness and support she gave me. I have and will continue to recommend her to anyone in need of an excellent lawyer. Thankful she was mine for sure!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2016
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Personal and Professional
As a young client, Amber was always understanding and personable. Her personal and professional experiences helped me make the best decisions for my child during a custody situation. She and her staff have always been prompt to return phone calls and emails. They treat you as though you are their only case and know how important your situation is to you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO, Attorney
  • New Beginnings Family Law, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • CEO
  • James Family Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Alabama - Birmingham
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • 2000
  • University of Alabama - Birmingham
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ex Parte Diefenbach
  • Trial Court lacked personal jurisdiction over my client and could not proceed with the matter.

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified in Family Law Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2019
  • Platinum Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite Most Compassionate Family Lawyers-Alabama
  • Corporate America
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney in North America
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • 2015 Alabama Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Best in Business Award
  • Innovative Funding, Inc.
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • How to Manage a Small Law Firm Quarterly Meeting
  • Law Practice Managment
  • 2013
  • Oakwood University
  • Family Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (37)
Endorse Amber
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the honor and privilege of knowing this extraordinary attorney through our mutual professional law firm development organization that we are both involved. I highly recommend and endorse this attorney as being one of the finest individuals and professionals that a client could ever have. Attorney Stephen Rue"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is a tough and skilled lawyer. She has made a niche in the domestic field where she shifts her focus from the fight to the kids that suffer during the fight."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have the privilege of working with Amber James each day and wholeheartedly endorse her as a lawyer and endorse the law firm she has established. She thoroughly guides each client through their difficult time, providing each with extensive knowledge of the law, as well as with compassion and attention. Amber leads by example, and it has been my sincerest pleasure to work with her."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber and I have worked on many cases with/against each other. She is always prepared, and she cares for her clients and advocates for them. It is a pleasure working with her."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amber is a dedicated, diligent and professional attorney, bound to solve even the most complex and challenging cases. She is a top notch attorney in her areas of practice and a well respected lawyer in the legal community. I recommend her quality services without hesitation to anyone seeking legal representation."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I regularly refer my own clients and friends to Ms. James. She has an outstanding reputation in our area and anyone I know that she has represented has been very satisfied with their result. She is a true advocate for her clients"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amber and I have tried several cases and she is always prepared and knowledgeable of the facts of her case. She is also courteous and professional to the litigants and opposing attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Friend
"Amber is a compassionate attorney who focuses on the needs of her clients. She provides custom tailored legal advice based on the wishes of her clients. I highly endorse Amber."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is passionate about representing her clients. She is very professional."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is an excellent attorney and her passion is unmatched. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer from reviewing files from her office on such matters."
Child support Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is a great attorney who will ensure her clients are well advised and receive excellent legal services! She takes the time to understand each client's issue and has the knowledge and experience to handle the problems extremely well. I highly endorse this lawyer!"
Child custody Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is a very good attorney and highly respected by peers in Huntsville. I am happy to endorse her!"
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is very well versed in all areas of family law, from divorce to custody and child support issues. She is a smart, compassionate and thoughtful lawyer and she works tirelessly as a zealous advocate for her clients. She is also held in high regard in the legal community and I enthusiatically endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is always well prepared and a great asset to the bar."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amber is known for her expertise in domestic matters. She has many years of experience practicing family law with great success. As a fellow lawyer, I can say she has easily gained the respect of her peers."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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