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James Edward McGee II

Violent crime Attorney at San Bernardino, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Jim McGee

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Violent crime
    50%
    Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault with a Firearm, Robbery, Vehicular Manslaughter

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Assault & Battery, Burglary, Domestic Violence, Drug Offenses, Gang-related Offenses, Theft-related Offenses, Weapon Charges

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

  4. White collar crime
    10%
    Embezzlement, Forgery, Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, Worker's Comp Fraud, Asset Forfeiture

  5. Expungement
    5%
    Early Termination of Probation, Expungement of Convictions, Pardons

James McGee is a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal defense attorney specializing in cases involving complex violent crimes. A graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. McGee has been practicing for almost twenty years focusing on the practice of criminal law.

Mr. McGee earned his Juris Doctor in 2001 and began his tenure with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office. During his time as a deputy district attorney, he handled a variety of cases, ranging from hardcore gang prosecutions and murders with special circumstances to wiretap prosecutions, insurance fraud, and mentally disordered offenders. Mr. McGee was successful in numerous high-profile prosecutions throughout his career in public service.

In 2014, Mr. McGee left the District Attorney’s office to enter private practice as a criminal defense attorney. In the years since, he has leveraged his background and experience as a prosecutor to help his clients on the other side of the courtroom. As a defense attorney, Mr. McGee has been very successful representing his clients and has earned a reputation in the community as being an aggressive, effective advocate. 

As a leader in criminal law, Mr. McGee has acted as a mentor to many defense attorneys and is routinely contacted to give advice on complex cases and other legal matters. Throughout his career, he has given lectures on topics such as using technology in the courtroom, using discovery to undermine a gang investigation, and the law on immunity. This requires Mr. McGee to stay abreast of recent developments in criminal law, especially those related to gang prosecutions. He notes:

I pay close attention to changes in anything involving gang prosecution as well as evidentiary issues. Gang prosecutions have changed drastically over the years and defense attorneys have various avenues to attack the government’s case after the California Supreme Court decisions in Sargon, Rodriguez, Prunty, Elizalde and Sanchez.

Mr. McGee is a member of the Riverside County Bar Association, San Bernardino County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. McGee is a native of California, growing up in the Pomona area. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.

Mr. McGee also serves on the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) of San Bernardino County. C.A.S.A. is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers whom are appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child currently under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Dependency court. The group’s goal is to improve the quality of life for foster youth, juvenile care youth, and foster care alumni youth with stable and consistent mentoring and advocacy. From ten years, Mr. McGee also participated in the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP) by counseling troubled youth on the dangers of being involved in a gang lifestyle and the legal consequences of such activity.

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Law Office of James McGee
325 W. Hospitality Lane
Suite 212
San Bernardino, CA, 92408
Law Office of James McGee
325 W. Hospitality Lane Suite 212
San Bernardino, CA
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Reviews

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Posted by James | January 31, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer for Justice!
James McGee's Law Office delivered outstanding legal service during a challenging time for me. Within just two months, they successfully dismissed a felony charge labeled "Threat" against me, which was based on unfounded allegations. I stood up for taxpayer's money and reported alleged corruption. My actions were in defense of taxpayer interests, and I found myself retaliated against and unjustly accused. Mr. McGee and his team presented compelling evidence to the San Bernardino Superior Court, not only standing up for me but also for the principles of justice and taxpayer rights. The charge was dismissed swiftly, thanks to their diligent work. I highly recommend James McGee to anyone seeking to uphold justice. His dedication and skill are truly commendable.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2023
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Felony reduced to a misdemeanor, and then dismissed
I highly recommend James McGee he went above and beyond for me when I made a stupid decision in my life, and now he got my felony, turned into a misdemeanor, and then dismissed!!
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Incredibly effective attorney
My family and I will be forever grateful to James McGee and his amazing team. He represented my family member in a very complex felony case and ultimately got a plea deal where it was dropped to a misdemeanor with 1 year summary probation. He had so much patience in explaining everything to my family member, who is bipolar and who made things challenging at times. He went above and beyond by pushing for an even better plea deal than was offered. His colleague Lynn Freeman was also incredibly effective and communicative in handling the case. Their legal assistants also were so kind and helpful every time I would call. I really can't recommend James McGee and his team enough.
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Posted by CP | February 15, 2021
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Took care of me
I’m a truck driver that does not live in the state. One day while on my way to deliver a load in the area, the unthinkable happened. I got into an altercation with someone, got arrested and found myself facing an attempted murder charge with 3 enhancement add ons which carried a prison sentence of 13 years. I hired Mr. McGee which turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Mr. McGee used his courtroom skill to get the police department to release several pieces of evidence that were favorable to my case. To make a long story short, Mr. McGee was able to make a deal with the prosecution which got me out of jail in 3 months with credit for time served. Not only is Mr. McGee an excellent attorney, he is also a good person that actually cares about his clients. He communicated honestly and promptly with my family members when they reached out to him with any questions or concerns. He knew that I didn’t know anyone in the area, nor did I know my way around the city. When I was released from jail, he personally picked me up and it was not during regular business hours I might add. He also paid out of his own pocket for me a safe place to stay for several days and made sure that I had food and personal care hygiene products in my hotel room. He wanted to make sure that there were no mixups with the state probation office, so he personally picked me up from my hotel to take me to the probation office to get everything set up with them to seek a probation state transfer. He did other things for me in which I’m grateful for and that I didn’t except him to do. This case was an extremely stressful ordeal for me. Mr. McGee had to calm me down frequently. I can now move on with my life and can put this chapter behind me thanks to him. I will never forget what he has done for me. That’s why I’m letting you know, if you find yourself in a need of an excellent attorney that will take care of you than look no further. Call James Mc Gee today. You will be glad that you did.
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Posted by Norma | July 6, 2020
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Excellent service, Highly recommend
I am so glad I decided to hire Mr. James Mcgee for my son's case. He was able to reduce his charges and get him out sooner than expected. I not only recommend Mr. Mcgee because he is experienced and knowledgeable, but also because he provided comfort for my family. If you are thinking about hiring this law firm, it would be a decision you will not regret.
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Posted by TAMRIN | November 13, 2019
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EXCELLENT ATTORNEY
We hired McGee to fight for my husband he was facing 37 years to life in State Prison he was being charged with attempted murder with a firearm and gang allegation.our whole world came crashing down up untill we hired Mcgee he gave our family hope He is very honest and hard working. He will fight for you WORDS CAN NOT EXPLAIN HOW GREAT OF AN ATTORNEY MCGEE IS! MY HUSBAND CAME HOME WITH TIME SERVED.I recommend McGee to everyone in need of an excellent attorney
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2019
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Attorney Review
Our family hired attorney James McGee after having a poor experience with another attorney. Attorney McGee was upfront in the cost and explanation of how the legal process works. He was able to win us a very favorable outcome.
Posted by Alfonso | August 12, 2019
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Alfonso Garcia Jr.
My family and I retained James E. McGee on the day of May 23rd. of 2015. My case load was life in prison. From the moment we hired Mr. McGee he made sure we had the right doctor, private investigator, and crime scene investigators to help show evidence with my defense. Mr. McGee is honest, hardworking for each of his clients. He is about delivering what you (the client) want. Mr. McGee is by far the best violent crime criminal defense lawyer in the county of San Bernardino and let me briefly tell you why. While I was incarcerated from 2014, October to 2015, June in the county of San Bernardino not only was I grateful to have James McGee as my defense lawyer but many other inmates had McGee as their defense lawyer also. And I saw many other inmates would ask about McGee and his contact information because they wanted to retain him. The inmates would learn the outcome of cases McGee had and were impressed. Being that there are many lawyers in this county James E. McGee is the most positively talked about lawyer in this county for sure. If you are searching for a criminal defense attorney with real court room experience you hire James E. McGee now.
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Posted by Eddie | August 7, 2019
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Best lawyer
I hired Mr. McGee cause I was facing a life sentence for att. Murder and various charges. It took some time due to court proceedings but in the end McGee got me what I wanted Time served. Best money I’ve spent.
Posted by Javier M | April 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Review from a free man
There isn't any perfect words to describe the level of service this man has provided for me. I put my funds, assets, and trust in james mcgee and i am happy to say that trust and money was not missplaced. . He was there and still continues to be there every step of the way even to this day. Theres just nothing words can say, and if you are in need of a great criminal defense attorney i HIGHLY recommended the law office of james mcgee if you value your freedom.
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Posted by Armando | October 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and Trustworthy
Jim helped me through a very difficult situation. He is very knowledgeable and honest.
Posted by Gabriela | May 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
He is very observant, looks at every angle . is honest and will fight for you. The best you can hire. Look no,further
Posted by Ronapowell50 | January 21, 2015
Attorney
Jim is an excellent attorney whom I have had the pleasure to know since his days as a prosecutor. He is aggressive when he needs to be, but he is also a skilled negotiator. I am proud to call him a friend and you would be lucky to have him as your attorney
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney / President
  • Law Office of James McGee, PLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Maline & McGee LLP
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Law Office of James McGee
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • San Bernardino County D.A. Office
  • 2002 - 2014
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v J.G.
  • 11 years State Prison - Voluntary Manslaughter
  • People v E.S.
  • Release directly to Parole with Credit Time Served - Felon with a Firearm
  • People v E.M.
  • Probation - Negligent Discharge of Firearm
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate of San Bernardino
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Attorney Training Seminar
  • Criminal Discovery in Gang Cases
  • 2017
  • Attorney Training Seminar
  • Criminal Discovery in Gang Cases
  • 2017
  • Attorney Training Seminar
  • Criminal Discovery in Gang Cases
  • 2016
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2015
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2014
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2013
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2012
  • Advanced Officer Training
  • Preparing Complex Cases for Prosecution
  • 2012
  • Advanced Officer Training
  • Identifying Staged Collisions for Auto Insurance Fraud
  • 2012
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2011
  • Attorney Training Seminar
  • Maximize Your Jury Presentation with PowerPoint
  • 2011
  • F.L.I.P. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2010
  • C.A.R.T. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2010
  • Advanced Officer Training
  • Law You Need to Know to Succeed as a Gang Expert
  • 2010
  • C.A.R.T. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2009
  • Advanced Officer Training
  • Gang Case Investigations & Presentations
  • 2009
  • C.A.R.T. Academy
  • Dangers of a Gang Lifestyle
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Violent crime Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Jim McGee for over thirteen years and know him to be one of the most prepared and thorough attorneys I have ever worked with. I first worked with him while we were both prosecuting hardcore gang cases. His research, preparation, writing of motions, understanding of evidentiary issues, and presentation in the courtroom are unparalleled. I know His to be an aggressive and effective advocate with a keen legal mind and have had many opportunities to see his advocacy firsthand. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. McGee is a Lawyer's Lawyer. I have hired and consulted on a multitude of cases with Mr. McGee. He is clearly the most knowledgeable Attorney on gang activity and charges in the entire Inland Empire. He is in the top five Attorney's for Criminal Law in the entire Inland Empire. I have been practicing law for 31 years and endorse Mr. McGee. - Gregory H. Kassel, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McGee is a very skilled trial attorney who obtains great results. His motion writing is superb, as is his effective way of arguing in the courtroom. I really enjoyed working many cases with Mr. McGee and would be more than happy to work with him in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. McGee is undoubtedly one of the best criminal attorneys in the Inland Empire. Is always thoroughly prepared and puts up a fight for every client. Very highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as he is highly experienced, competent and also conscientious in the representation of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim for more then ten years first when he was a firm but fair Deputy DA and the last few years as a criminal defense lawyer. He is always prepared and does excellent work. He has my highest recommendation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Mr McGee is a consumate professional who is a gentleman in and out of the courtroom,but also a zealous advocate for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked along side Jim for many years. Jim is a very aggressive attorney. He does his legal research and can take a hopeless situation into a victory for his client."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has made valuable contributions tot he Avvo community and provided answers to several questions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Jim when I interned at the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, Gang Unit Division. I gained valuable insight into the profession and he was always eager and wiling to answer all my questions. Jim is very knowledgeable about criminal law, and coupled with his trial advocacy skills, he is an excellent Attorney. I highly recommend Jim to handle any and all your criminal matters."
Violent crime Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"13 years of criminal law practice with 12 as a former Deputy District Attorney is what we refer to as experienced. He has a huge advantage over most criminal defense attorneys having been a former prosecutor. "They know that he knows what they know". Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation. KUDOS"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is an accomplished and aggressive former prosecutor who understands how to win your criminal defense case. If you have been charged with a crime you are lucky to have Jim on your side."
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