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John Michael Helms Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.9   7 reviews

also known as John M. Helms

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1990
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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As the founding criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of John M. Helms and  a former Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Texas, criminal defense attorney John M. Helms has both defended and prosecuted Texans who had been accused and charged or were facing indictment for crimes under the Texas criminal code. As a AUSA his responsibilities included trial and appellate work where he never lost a trial or appeal. John has prosecuted white collar fraud, violent crime, firearm, immigration, and drug cases. Awarded certificates of appreciation from U.S. Postal Inspectors for financial crimes prosecution and from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys for review of FBI terrorism reports related to the 9/11 attacks. As a criminal defense, appellate and trial lawyer with experience in Federal crimes including drug trafficking, criminal appeals, securities fraud, healthcare fraud and white-collar crimes, He also has a successful track record defending state criminal charges that include domestic violence, DUI or DWI, sexual offenses, assault, robbery and homicide. John has successfully handled both civil and criminal cases. His trial lawyer skills have helped his clients facing overlapping civil and criminal matters, including securities fraud, trade secrets, computer and white-collar crimes and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Helms has been practicing as a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas Texas since 1990. Before the establishment of his criminal defense law firm, Dallas defense attorney John Helms spent time as a partner at criminal defense firms including Helms, Roberts & Diaz LLP and Fitzpatrick, Hagood, Smith & Uhl, LLP. As a Dallas criminal defense lawyer John received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctor from University of Texas School of Law. If you are interested in learning more, please contact his law firm today and receive a consultation.

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Law Office of John M. Helms
8100 John W. Carpenter Fwy Suite #101
Dallas, TX, 75247

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Posted by Vincent | October 3, 2023
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First experience with a lawyer
John Helms defended me in my case and I could not have asked for a better attorney. He was very professional, knew the law inside and out and how to best cater to my needs regarding my legal situation at hand. I truly was worried about how to overcome the obstacle that was in front of me and John put my mind at ease from the start with our first consultation. The entire experience I had working with him was more than I could have ever asked for. Thank you John for all that you did and I hope you continue helping others overcome tough life situations like you helped me. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Elizabeth | February 25, 2022
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Perfect Pick
I chose John to represent my family member and I am very pleased to say, I made the right choice. John is a very professional, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney. He is very thorough when examining the situation. He is also very thorough when explaining the situation to you and what might come next. He keep you informed every step of the way and is very easy to talk to. John's knowledge of the system and dedication to the client he is representing, causes him to fully breakdown in detail what is going on. I never have the "but I don't understand" feeling after speaking with him. He is an attorney that have a strong commitment to his clients and will see your case/cases all the way through. I have full confidence in John and his expertise. John will diligently work on your case, go the full distance, and fight for your rights and freedom. John also know how stressful these situations can be for those seeking his assistance therefore, he have people in place, like William, to assist you. William is the first voice you hear when calling the office. He is pleasant and possess the ability to calm your anxiety a bit. Everything about John's law office is how you should be treated.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2021
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Phenomenal attorney that cares about the little guy
I was sued both personally and through my businesses by a former employer (a publicly traded multibillion dollar company) on breach of employment contract and assignment of intellectual property grounds after starting my own company. I was scared out of my mind and incredibly stressed out. I found John Helms after calling around to a bunch of bigger firms who could not represent me because of conflict of interest issues as they had previously represented my former employer in other matters. John was phenomenal and I really feel like he cared about me and took the time to calm my nerves when my anxieties were high. Not only that, but he went toe to toe with the big corporate lawyers and hit back just as hard or harder, and got the other side to settle within 8 months, which is incredible with big corporate lawsuits. After the settlement agreement was signed, the mediator pulled me aside to tell me what a stellar job John did for me during mediation. I was lucky to have John representing me.
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Posted by Kathy | October 31, 2018
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Federal Drug Trafficing Case
Federal Defence Attorney, John M. Helms was an outstanding leader in this case of many defendants needing Attorney services. My related defendant chose Mr. Helms simply for the fact that he was well versed in the process of Prosecution side of the system and law as well as the Defense side. He kept us apprised of what was happening at all times, whether it was from the Prosecution evidence or hearsay. He gave us total Defensive guidance for the best outcome. My relative took his guidance to heart and followed through. He faught very hard for the truth and justice. Her sentence was lowered due to his expertise. I/We will highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you for your consistency with this year-long case and for what I would call a victory given the circumstances. Kathy
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Posted by Thomas | May 25, 2018
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Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer successfully achieves "no-billed" in a Texas Grand Jury proceeding.
I completed a work contract for a cable company and they wrongly accused me of stealing, which resulted in my being brought under investigation by the office of the district attorney for stealing $2,500.00 + worth of very expensive equipment. I hired John Helms, an experienced and well established Dallas criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor with the assistant United States Attorney's AUSA office to handle my grand jury appearance before being indicted or officially charged. Something I never new about the criminal justice system is that almost everyone who is accused of a crime must go through this phase before someone can be officially charged or indicted of a crime. Like they say, "if the Grand jury wants to indict a ham sandwich it can if it wants to," it's primarily a rubber stamp for prosecutors. Thanks to John’s legal knowledge he successfully convinced the Grand Jury that I should not be indicted on felony charges, "Grand Jury rules no-bill.” I could not be an happier with the result. Thomas W.
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Posted by Robyn | May 31, 2016
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Great Criminal Attorney
I was charged with two counts of felony deadly conduct for allegedly shooting at, or in the direction of, two electric company employees. I was afraid, and I did not know what to do. I started looking up attorneys, and I found John Helms and sent him an email. This was a Saturday night, and he called back that evening. Not having to wait until Monday made me feel much more at ease. John did an awesome job preparing for trial. He was very focused and thorough. He came out to our house numerous times to meet with me and my husband to take photographs, videos, and measurements of the area where it happened. When we went to court for trial, John had all the evidence ready. He had personally made large posterboard exhibits of surveys and maps. He had photographs and videos to show the jury what I saw from where I was and what the electrical workers saw from where they were. One of his videos had sound so that the jury could hear all of noise it made when two men were running through the bushes and undergrowth. He left no stone unturned. The jury, the judge, and even the DA were impressed. I was found not guilty on all counts. If you ever have need a criminal lawyer for an important case, I would highly recommend John Helms. He is intelligent, he knows the law, and he really works hard for your defense.
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Posted by Syniece | August 13, 2021
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Highly recommend
When i was indicted in 2019 it was my very first serious encounter with the police. I contacted Mr.Helms and he took no time looking into my case. He told me what the charges where going to be upfront, so there were no surprises and even worked with me, due to my financial situation. He really does know what he’s doing and is well respected. I highly recommend John to anyone. He is patient with you and will talk you through everything you need to know. The only reason I did not give him 5 stars is because i think he should have a better way to see how much money you owe to him rather than calling to see because if you don’t really know how much you’ve paid ... then nobody really will.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Office of John M. Helms
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Helms Roberts & Diaz
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Assistant United States Attorney Northern District Of Texas
  • United States Courts
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Company Name Susman Godfrey LLP Dates Employed Aug 1991 – May 2000 Employment Duration 8 yrs 10 mos Location Dallas, TX
  • 1991 - 2000
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Jackson, MS
  • 1990 - 1991
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  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • The case is Star Funding, Inc. v. Vault Minerals, LLC et al.,
  • Mr Helms succeeded in having case dismissed


  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow
  • 1990 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine 2017
  • 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine 2016
  • 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine 2015
  • 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine 2014
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2005
  • The Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas
  • D Magazine 2004
  • 2004
  • For financial crimes prosecution
  • U.S. Postal Inspectors
  • 2003
  • For review of FBI terrorism reports related to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys
  • 2003
  • Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham
  • Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
  • 2000
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Dallas Criminal defense Lawyer John Michael Helms Jr.
John Michael Helms Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 33 years