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James Gary Sullivan

About James 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.

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