Tim James served two terms as the elected District Attorney for the 145th Judicial District of Texas before deciding to return to the private practice of law where he now specializes in Criminal Defense practice.
Mr. James received his BA degree from Texas Christian University in 1963 and attended George Washington University School of Law in Washington D.C. before completing his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Houston.
Upon graduation from law school in 1967, Mr. James joined the Texas Attorney General's Office as a trial lawyer. In 1968, Mr. James left the Attorney General's Office and joined the Houston Police Department as a patrolman. During the next several years, Mr. James was practicing law and serving as a Houston Police Officer. He was selected as the Houston Police Department's "Rookie of the Year" during his first year on the force.
In 1973, Mr. James was appointed as the Staff Legal Assistant to the Attorney General of Texas and, as such, functioned on the Administrative Staff for the Attorney General with the primary responsibility of heading the Organized Crime Division for the State of Texas.
In 1982, Mr. James was appointed as Administrative General Counsel for the Houston Police Department where he concentrated on the development of Police Policy and Procedure consistent with the standards of Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (the Civil Rights Act). Mr. James was the on-scene representative of the Chief's Office for major threat situations such as SWAT calls, bomb threats, labor disputes, and other unusual situations involving demands for police service.
Mr. James' memberships have included the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police where he was elected to the General Chairmanship of the Legal Officers Section in 1984-1985. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and has been an instructor or guest lecturer for many institutions and seminars.
Tim James' career has been highlighted by his selection as a Super Lawyer for 2012 by Texas Monthly Magazine and Thomson Reuters and as a Texas Delegate to the National Conference on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C. and as Texas Representative to the International Conference on Narcotics Smuggling sponsored by the Attorney General of Mexico.
In 2000 Tim James was selected by the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to travel to Kosovo and assist in the Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Judicial Institution-building effort in that Yugoslavian Province.
Mr. James was the graduation speaker for the 109th Session of the FBI National Academy which he attended and from which he graduated in 1977. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. James holds the highest TCLEOSE Certification, that of "Master Peace Officer". He is a certified breath test operator and standardized field sobriety test practitioner.
Sean Hightower is licensed to practice in the state of Texas and the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas. A native East Texan, Sean grew up on a fifth generation working family farm dating back to 1848. Sean holds an American Farmer degree from the National FFA Organization, and is the former Texas State LD Debate Champion (2006). After Sean's success in high school debate he was awarded a debate scholarship to attend Stephen F. Austin State University, where he subsequently earned many State and National titles and championships. Sean was named the 2008 Elizabeth Cook Speaker of the Year by the Stephen F. Austin State University Debate team, and served as team captain for two years. After earning a Bachelor's Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2009, Sean began working as a paralegal for the Law Office of Tim James. After working for Mr. James for several years, Sean made the decision to attend the Texas A&M School of Law.
Sean raced his way through the three-year law school program in 28 months while working as a criminal law clerk for Defense Attorney Julya Billhymer during his off hours. Sean also had the opportunity to take class with Justice Bob McCoy, Justice of the Texas Second Court of Appeals, which provided Sean with hands on Trial and Appellate experience. While in law school Sean was active with the Wills for Heroes program writing wills packages for law enforcement and active and retired members of the Armed Forces, as well as the Texas A&M Immigration Initiative, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Law Student Section.
Sean attended the SFST course and was certified as a SFST Practitioner on June 7, 2014. Sean attended the Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2014 specializing in DWI blood draw and analysis. Sean is also the recipient of the Care Commitment badge from the State Bar of Texas for his pro bono contributions to the community.
Sean's expertise ranges from DWI/DUI, drug possession charges, and domestic violence to felony drug and assault cases. Sean can represent clients charged with any offense in State court, Federal offenses in the Eastern District of Texas, at ALR hearings, or violation of the SFA Student Code of Conduct.