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James Gary Sullivan

also known as Jim Sullivan

About me

I have practiced criminal and juvenile defense law since 1994, and I am passionate about defending clients from governmental prosecution.  I am a voice for the voiceless, the vulnerable and the fearful.  I frequently set cases for jury trial and force the State to try to prove their case or dismiss it. More often than not, the case is dismissed, reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor or the client is found not guilty. In adult criminal district court, I also frequently prepare defense packets on felony cases and thereby persuade the grand jury to no bill (dismiss) the case -- an incredible 37 felony cases dismissed just since November 2008.


I charge separate fees for trial cases and non-trial cases. The fees are affordable to most people, however I am not a pro bono lawyer, i.e. I do not represent people for free. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you should ask the judge to appoint an attorney to represent you.


I graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College (TLC), the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America, and I also financially support the TLC as a Ranch Club member.  The TLC teaches advanced trial techniques to defense attorneys. I was also recognized as one of the top trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers organization.


I have been Board Certified as a specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Juvenile Law since 2004.  Currently, in Texas, I am one of only 38 such lawyers in private practice.


I grew up in Nashville and in 1987 moved to Texas to attend Baylor University where I studied Journalism, Latin American (Spanish) and Asian Studies (Japanese) at Baylor University.  I graduated with honors in 1990.  I then lived in Mexico City and traveled throughout Mexico prior to entering law school.  In 1993, I graduated from South Texas College of Law.  I have been married to my wife Araceli for 25 years.  We have 2 children and worship in a Catholic church.


If you need a defense attorney to represent you, your child or a loved one, call me and let me know how I can help.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    22 years
  2. Juvenile: 25%
    22 years
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
    22 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 15%
    22 years
  5. Sex Crime: 10%
    22 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Neal Andrew Davis

    Jim is an excellent lawyer who deeply cares for his clients. He has even taken time out of his busy schedule to help other lawyers prepare their cases. He is the rare attorney who is well-versed in adult AND juvenile criminal law. He is honest, hardworking, and is relentless in fighting for his clients.


    Neal Davis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark Dunkerley Griffith

    I endorse this lawyer. He has passion for every client he represents and juries see that passion and he touches their hearts. He is incredible in front of a jury because he works with them as HIS jury and they become part of the defense team, you cannot ask more than that of a criminal defense attorney. Further, he is caring, prepared, and effective. I highly recommend for any criminal matter.


    Mark Griffith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James G. Sullivan and Associates

12345 Jones Road, Suite 288
Houston, TX, 77070


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice Award as Top Defense AttorneyAVVO2014
Top Criminal LawyerHoustonia Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top Criminal LawerHoustonia Magazine2013
Client's Choice Award as Top Defense AttorneyAVVO2013
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Board Certified - Juvenile LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJames G. Sullivan and Associates1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeRanch Club Member2012 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1995 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1995 - Present
State Bar of TexasAttorney Member1994 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaEagle Member1982 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Juvenile - Deadly ConductNot guilty by jury
State v. Shepherd - Injury to a ChildDismissed on third trial setting
State v. Hall - Aggravated AssaultNo Billed (dismissed) by Grand Jury
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Publication nameTitleDate
Houston PressSchool Scam? Did a teacher fabricate a student assault to collect disability?2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeCriminal Trial AdvocacyN/A2015
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Baylor UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary ClubProposal for More Personal Recognizance Bonds on Indigent Cases2010
Indigent Defense PanelIn Support of Public Defenders Office2010