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James Thomas Reilly

Criminal defense Attorney at San Jose, CA

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About James

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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.

 

About me:

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.

 

Personal interests:

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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Licensed for 47 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1975
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Summit Defense Attorneys
2570 North 1st Street
2nd floor
San Jose, CA, 95131
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Suite 1145
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Mr. Reilly is an exceptional lawyer and friend. I went to him for help with my son’s DUI case and his confidence, reassurance and level of expertise made me feel like I could trust him immediately. He was also very communicative and prompt which of course made me less anxious through out this process. All in all, i was very pleased with my experience and i highly recommended Mr. Reilly.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Very professional even if at times understated. I was facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in a complex federal fraud case. Mr. Reilly was detailed and really left no stone unturned.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2014
Jim Reilly is a consummate professional
The entire ordeal of my son's defense was handled at the outset by a team of professionals. A two year battle in Federal and state courts would have left our family, and my son's wife completely devastated if it were not for Mr. Reilly's intimate knowledge of the law, the prosecutors, the judges and the intricacies of criminal defense. He treated my family with dignity and respect at all times. He kept us informed and worked hard and long to get the best possible outcome. He aided my daughter in law's attorney in her defense resulting in a dismissal of all criminal charges. Jim is a great attorney and a fine human being. I recommend him and the Summit Team most highly!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • United States Military Academy, West Point
  • BA with Honors
  • 1967
  • Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
  • Officers Basic Course
  • 1967

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • 2011 Nationwide Leaders in Criminal Defense
  • Newsweek Magazine
  • 2011
  • Lead Counsel
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • 2011
  • Commitment to Integrity and Customer Service
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Am Jur Award for Labor Law
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1975
  • Am Jur Award for Conflict Laws
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1975
  • Participant
  • Roger J. Traynor State Moot Court Competition
  • 1975
  • Top Advocate, Vincent J. Dalsimer Award
  • Pepperdine 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Reilly has impeccable knowledge and experience. He has seen criminal law from all sides and can assess the best strategy needed for a client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Other
"While in the San Jose Superior Court I had the opportunity to watch a criminal trial in progress. This was a sexual assault case. The alleged victim was under direct examination by the prosecutor. The victim's testimony was believable and quite convincing.Then came the cross examination by a very unassuming criminal lawyer. I never believed for a second that this unassuming defense attorney would be able to shake the victim's testimony. The victim's credibility is critical in these types of cases especially when there is no corroborating evidence to support the victim's testimony. The cross examination had to be very effective in order to obtain an acquittal on this case. What I witnessed this defense lawyer do with that victim was nothing short of SUPERB! It was amazing to watch the attorney impeach the victim's credibility and show the victim was a liar. That attorney was James Reilly and he obtained an acquittal for his client. Congrats & Well Done!"
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San Jose Criminal defense Lawyer James Thomas Reilly
James Thomas Reilly
Criminal defense Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 47 years