One of the most well-known and highly regarded criminal trial lawyers in Texas.
As a criminal defense attorney, Jim Burnham represents individuals and companies accused of federal and state criminal offenses, including white collar crimes, juvenile cases, misdemeanors, assaults, DWIs, murder cases, and other felonies. He also represents individuals subject to grand jury investigations and defendants in criminal federal indictments, including antitrust violations, tax and securities investigations, health care fraud, environmental violations, immigration violations, government fraud, and mail and wire fraud.
Jim Burnham served as a top assistant to legendary District Attorney Henry Wade and prosecuted more than 400 felony jury trials. During Jim Burnham's exemplary 16 year career as a prosecutor, he supervised the Dallas County Grand Jury and presented over 20,000 cases to the Dallas County Grand Jury. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Jim Burnham has successfully defended many clients before Texas state juries and federal juries in white-collar cases in Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas. Many of his high-profile cases have been featured in the Dallas Morning News.
Jim Burnham served as President of the Dallas Bar Association and Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Bar Association. He has been an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1985.
As former Chairman of the District 6A Grievance Committee, Jim Burnham has extensive experience representing attorneys facing disciplinary action and license suspension hearings in front of the State Bar Grievance Committee.
Jim Burnham was named as one of Dallas’ 500 most powerful business leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by D Magazine CEO.
Jim Burnham represented a Major League Baseball player who was arrested for assault. His client was originally charged with a Class A misdemeanor, and Jim Burnham had the charge reduced to a Class C misdemeanor.
Jim Burnham represented a player for the National Hockey League who was arrested for resisting arrest. His client received misdemeanor probation.
Jim Burnham defended a chiropractor who was charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in a Dallas federal jury trial. His client was found not guilty by the federal jury on all nine counts of the indictment.
Jim Burnham represented a physician in Dallas County who was accused of failure to report child abuse. The jury found the physician not guilty.
Jim Burnham represented a man who was charged with murder. A judge found his client was not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jim Burnham represented a client who was charged with Manslaughter, a second degree felony. A state jury found his client not guilty of manslaughter.
Jim Burnham represented a client who was charged with obstruction of justice in a federal investigation in the Northern District of Texas. A federal jury acquitted his client of both counts in the indictment, which were tampering with a witness and interference with due administration.
Jim Burnham obtained a mistrial in an intoxication manslaughter jury trial. His client later pled to a misdemeanor DWI probation.
Jim Burnham represented a client in a federal jury trial who was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and false statements. A federal jury found his client not guilty on all seven counts of the federal indictment.
Jim Burnham represented a real estate developer charged with savings and loan fraud for $105 million in a federal jury trial in Topeka, Kansas. His client was found not guilty on all 12 counts of the federal indictment.
Jim Burnham also represented a client who was charged with Fraud in a federal jury trial in Del Rio, Texas. The federal jury found his client not guilty on all four counts of the indictment.
Jim Burnham represented a client who was charged with 14 counts of fraud in a federal jury trial in Lafayette, Louisiana. The federal jury was deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. His client’s case was later dismissed.
Jim Burnham represented a state district judge who was charged with improperly impaneling a Grand Jury. Jim Burnham convinced the visiting judge to quash/dismiss the indictment.
In 2006 selected Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
One of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White 2001-2015
Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine 2001-2016
Texas Super Lawyers 2003-2016 is a Thomson Reuters service
Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell 2005-2015.