James H. Horton

Overview And Experience

Jim has over 40 years of legal experience, and focuses his practice on helping clients throughout Denton, Tarrant, Dallas, Wise, Collin, and Cooke counties. He specializes in criminal defense and family law matters, as well as estate planning and probate. Jim is a Specialist in Criminal Law, as certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has tried more than 200 jury trials as well as over 400 bench trials. His experience has earned him a reputation throughout north Texas as a highly effective trial attorney. Mr. Horton was also featured in New York Times as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney in the US.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University and is admitted to practice in Texas. He has formerly served over two decades an associate municipal Judge in Denton, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, and Lewisville. Additionally, Jim was a Valley View city attorney for two years. He also maintains an active membership in a number of professional organizations, including the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; the Denton County Criminal Bar Association (past president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer); Denton County Bar Association (past secretary/treasurer and board member); and the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Outside of his practice, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and participating in church activities. His Christian foundations are reflected in his law practice by his steadfast commitment to communicating honestly with his clients throughout their representation.

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, State Bar of Texas, 1998

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1978

Law School:
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. – 1978
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • B.A. English – 1975
    • Honors: Dean’s List
Published Works
  • Cross-exam Police Officials, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Duty, Denton County Bar
  • Denton County CLE- Criminal Law
  • Liberty Christian Section- Business Law
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers, A Thomson Reuters Service, since 2009
  • Lawyers of Distinction Criminal Defense, since 2018
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorneys since 2017
  • Power Lawyers since 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense National Trial Lawyers since 2019
  • Top Attorneys Texas sine 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2014
  • Best Law Firm Lifetime Member
  • Best Attorney Lifetime Member
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Denton Co. Criminal Lawyers Association, Past President, 1986 – Present
  • Denton Co. Bar Association, Past Secretary, 1978 – Present
  • Texas Criminal Lawyers, 1982 – Present
  • State Bar Family Law Section, 1978 – Present
Past Employment Positions

Minor & Jester, 1978 – 1980

  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Theta

James H. Horton


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