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 of Texas in criminal defense and family law matters, as well as personal Injury, wrongful death, and 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 and more than 400 bench trials, experience that has earned him a reputation throughout North Texas as an effective trial lawyers. In recognition of his work, Jim was selected for inclusion of both the 2009 and 2010 editions of Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters service. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University, and is admitted to practice in Texas, He currently serves as an Associate Municipal Judge in Denton, formerly served as a judge in Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, and Lewisville, and 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, of which he is a 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. Jim has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. 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 in 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, 2009 – 2010

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

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