M. James Jenkins
Jim Jenkins received his bachelors degree at University of California in San Diego, with Provost's honors, and his law degree, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law. Upon graduation he accepted an appointment as an Assistant State Attorney or prosecutor in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida where he worked through 1988. In late 1988 he became an Assistant Public Defender in Pensacola, Florida. After his appointment as an Assistant State Public Defender he became one of only three Assistant Federal Public Defenders for the Northern District of Florida. He has been in private practice in the panhandle of Florida for 25 years.
Jim has achieved the highest possible peer review rating a lawyer can achieve in both legal ability and ethical practice, an "AV" Preeminent Rating. The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process collected from the opinions of other lawyers and judges that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell. Jim also has a perfect "10" rating from AVVO based largely upon Client and Peer reviews.
Jim is a past president of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a Life member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also belongs to the Florida Justice Association, Florida's premier legal association fighting for the rights of people injured by the negligence of others.
Jim has taught at seminars and has published various articles dealing with trial law. He is also a 2003 graduate of famed trial lawyer Gerry Spence "not for profit" Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. The Trial Lawyer's College is an extremely intensive, life changing program for experienced trial lawyers lasting more than three weeks. Jim continues to be very active with the Trial Lawyers College.
Although Jim has been practicing trial work and criminal law for more than 30 years, he believes that one cannot be a truly accomplished trial lawyer without developing yourself as a person. Jim feels that you have to understand who you are before you can better understand judges, people on juries, prosecutors, witnesses and clients. Jim also employs a significant amount of re-enactment, or psychodrama, in his work with clients to fully develop the story and get to the truth of his clients' cases.
Florida State University College of Law, 1985
Graduated with Honors
University of California, San Diego, 1981
Graduated with Provost Honors
St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg FL, 1977
Graduated with Honors
All Florida State Courts
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Trial Lawyer College Alumnus
Past Trial Lawyer College Alumni Board Member
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Life Member and current Board Member
Florida Justice Association, formerly Florida Trial Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Escambia County Bar Association
First Amendment Lawyers Association
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 3000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Jenkins, M. James et al. Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes, Understanding the Current Sex Crimes Environment and Building a Thorough Defense, Aspatore, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2015. Print.
Jenkins, M. James, et al. Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes, Defending Sex Crimes Offenses Through Thorough, Immediate Investigation and Building the Strongest Mitigation Case Possible. Aspatore, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2012. Print
"The Case of the Disappearing Tattoo" published in The Warrior, the Journal of The Trial Lawyers College, Fall 2011 Edition
"Authenticity in the Courtroom - The Process of Becoming De-Lawyered" published in The Florida Defender, the quarterly magazine of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Summer 2010
"Authenticity in the Courtroom - The Process of Becoming De-Lawyered" published in the April 2010 issue of The Summation, a publication of the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Bar Association.
"Defining the Amorphous World of Curtilage for Fourth Amendment Purposes," published in The Florida Defender, the quarterly magazine of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Fall 2009
"The State of Our Trash in Florida: The Use of Evidence Found in Residential Garbage to Establish Probable Cause to Search a Citizen's Home" published in The Florida Bar Journal, January 2008
"Defending a Lawyer in Federal Court" published in The Florida Defender, the quarterly magazine of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Fall 2005
"Defending a Lawyer in Federal Court" published in the Warrior Magazine, Journal of the Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter 2006
"Trash Pulls and the 4th Amendment in Florida," published in The Florida Defender, the quarterly magazine of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Winter 2007