Mike believes the key to successful representation is to identify a client’s goals early on, and aggressively seek innovative ways to meet those goals. Mike employs an aggressive pre-trial motions practice t achieve the best results for his clients. Mike believes in being blunt. He does not tell clients what they want to hear, but instead what they NEED to hear. He believes in keeping the client informed of the nature and progress of their case, and in working with them closely throughout the process.
After working as a public defender in courts throughout Pulaski County from 2015 to 2016, Mike understands the potentially life-altering consequences that a single traffic ticket or seemingly minor charge can have on a person’s life, let alone a felony. He works hard to ensure that collateral consequences of any arrest or conviction are minimal, thinking about how today’s actions may affect clients years down the line. He approaches each case with the same passion and gusto, whether the client faces a fine, a loss of some privilege, or life behind bars. Mike’s passion extends beyond his work at the James Law Firm. He has spoken to residents at Our House about how to get the most out of their appointed counsel, volunteered at several local Homeless Court events, and takes on multiple pro bono and reduced-fee cases annually.
Mike has represented thousands of Arkansans accused of crimes, specializing in the areas drug crime; DWI; juvenile delinquency; and criminal appeals. Mike is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High School, an avid cyclist, and an active volunteer with the local Jewish Food Fest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arkansas.