About the firm:
We are dedicated to preserving our client's rights and keeping their records clean. Our goal is always dismissal of all charges. We only handle criminal defense cases - and that gives us an expertise beyond other firms.
Summit Defense was founded eight years ago by a group of accomplished attorneys who combined their expertise to become more effective at winning cases. Our attorneys include three former District Attorneys, a former police officer, and graduates of top schools including Harvard and Hastings.
I learned discipline and dedication at West Point and in military service. Years of litigation experience have taught me how to prepare for criminal cases through and including trial.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, a thorough preparation, and a dedicated work ethic are critical, particularly in trial.
Lifetime runner, now retired to golf. Collect casinos and gambling memorabilia and challenge coins (military, patriotic and historical). Strategy gaming, including Strat-O-Matic football.
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Jim successfully got all charges dropped for a referred client. Even more impressive was that the client's initial (and soon, former) defense attorney was recommending a plea bargain. The client was very happy. I would not hesitate to refer to Jim.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense||Lead Counsel||2014|
|Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense||Lead Counsel||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|A+ Rating||Better Business Bureau||2012|
|Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense||Lead Counsel||2012|
|Commitment to Integrity and Customer Service||Better Business Bureau||2011|
|2011 Nationwide Leaders in Criminal Defense||Newsweek Magazine||2011|
|Lead Counsel||Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense||2011|
|Am Jur Award for Labor Law||Thomson West Publishing||1975|
|Am Jur Award for Conflict Laws||Thomson West Publishing||1975|
|Top Advocate, Vincent J. Dalsimer Award||Pepperdine Moot Court Competition||1975|
|Participant||Roger J. Traynor State Moot Court Competition||1975|
|Am Jur Award for Constitutional Law||Thomson West Publishing||1974|
|Am Jur Award for Contracts Law||Thomson West Publishing||1973|
|Am Jur Award for Torts||Thomson West Publishing||1973|
|Centurion Award (100 public speaking appearances)||United States Navy||1971|
|Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century Award||United States Military Academy, West Point||1967|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Summit Defense Attorneys||2008 - Present|
|General Counsel||A&J Electric Cable Corporation||1997 - 2008|
|Instructor, Legal Writing and Research||University Of California, Hastings College Of The Law||1985 - 1986|
|Criminal Defense and Appeals Attorney||Law Offices of James T. Reilly||1985 - 1997|
|Attorney||First District Appellate Panel||1985 - 1997|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Orange County District Attorney||1980 - 1985|
|Supervising Attorney Multiple DUI Program||Orange County District Attorney||1976 - 1985|
|Deputy District Attorney||Orange County District Attorney||1976 - 1979|
|Lieutenant||United States Navy||1967 - 1971|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Criminal Law Section Member||2014 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2013 - Present|
|Pepperdine Student Bar Association||President||1973 - 1974|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude||1975|
|United States Military Academy||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1967|
|Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana||N/A||Officers Basic Course||1967|