Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bill James is a premier Arkansas criminal defense attorney. In recognition of his superior criminal defense and white collar crime work, Mr. James has been listed for four consecutive as a Mid-South Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, which ranks attorneys in each state who have received the highest point totals as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics magazine.
- J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, 1994
- B.S.B.A., Finance/Banking, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1991
- Arkansas State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Delta Theta Phi (President, 1992-1993; Senate Dean)
- President's Award, Pulaski County Bar Association, 1998, 2003 and 2005
- President's Award, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000
- Outstanding Members of New Lawyer's Division Award, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1997-1998
- 2000/2002 - Named among Top Criminal Lawyers in Arkansas, Arkansas Times bi-annual poll
- 2004 - Recognized as an Arkansas Business 40 under 40 influential peoplein Business and Politics in Arkansas
- Voted "Most Likely to Succeed in Practice of Law" 1994
- Member of Community Housing Advisory Board, City of Little Rock, 2003-present.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 2002-2004, 2005-present)
- Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (President 2001-2003; Secretary/Treasurer 2000-2001)
- Pulaski County Bar Association (President, 2003-2004; Secretary/Treasurer, 2001-2002; Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2001; Chairman, Law Week, 1998-2001, 2005)
- Arkansas Bar Association(Member, Board of Governors, 2004-present; House of Delegates, 1999-2001; Chairman, Criminal Law Division, 2004-2005)
- AmericanBar Association
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman:New Lawyers Division, 1996-1997; Criminal Law Division, 1998-1999; Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2000)
- American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
Lee Short graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law. Under the mentorship of Dean Kenneth Starr, Mr. Short achieved national recognition for his appellate writing abilities. Mr. Short also won Pepperdine’s annual Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court competition and was awarded best brief. He argued in front of Lord Nicholas Phillips, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Short primarily practices post-conviction relief. He has argued multiple cases in front of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Notable decisions include: Slater v. State, 2011 Ark. App. 213 (40 yr. conviction for delivery of cocaine reversed and dismissed on insufficiency of the evidence); United States v. Mireles, 617 F.3d 1009 (8th Cir. 2010); United States v. Jackson, 610 F.3d1038 (8th Cir. 2010); Hobbs v. Baird, 2011 Ark. 261; Vankirk v. State, 2011 Ark. 428.