John James

John James attorney


alsoJohn D. James was born in St. Charles, Missouri. John received his B.A. from Tulane University with a major in English Literature. John graduated summa cum laude.

John received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law. He graduated as a member of Order of the Coif, which is an honor bestowed on students who are in the top 10% of their class. He was also a member Tulane’s Law Review. John gained courtroom experience through Tulane’s Criminal Clinic and while working as an intern for the Lincoln County Public Defender’s Office. During this time, John obtained his first Not Guilty verdict and gained experience working on highly publicized cases, such as the infamous “car wash shooting” in New Orleans. 

For the last several years, John has focused his practice almost exclusively on helping citizens who have been victimized by police brutality, wrongful arrest, or other instances of police misconduct. After spending nearly a decade focused on defending people from criminal accusations, John got tired of seeing clients’ lives being left in ruins, even after being found not guilty by a jury or having their charges dismissed by a prosecutor. While the laws do not permit every innocent person to be compensated for what happened to them, John now dedicates his professional career to helping those who have suffered due a violation of their civil rights. 

John has received the honor of being named one of Missouri’s Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers. This honor is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a Civil Plaintiff’s lawyer.  John was selected to the Super Lawyers Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars List 2017-2022.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Trial
  • Workers Compensation
  • Felony
  • Misdemeanor


Tulane University School of Law, 2008
Honors: Order of the Coif, Law Review

Tulane University, 2005, B.A.
Honors: summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Major: English Literature
Minor: History

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2008
  • U.S. Federal Court, 2008

Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers

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