Parkman & parker
Practice Areas Education States Licensed

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury.

University of Alabama (Undergrad), Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (Law School).



Jim is a native of Dothan, now residing in Birmingham where he manages the firm’s Birmingham office. He is a founding partner of Parkman & Parker Trial Law, LLC. Since earning his law degree and becoming licensed to practice in Alabama in 1979, Jim’s skills as a triallawyer have continued to expand. His experience is unparalleled as Jim has represented thousands of clients and served as lead counsel in hundreds of jury trials in state and federal courts.

With over 40 years of legal experience, Jim has a well-deserved reputation for success in some of the most complex, high stakes, and high-profilecriminal cases. Some of Jim’s high-profile clients include Bo Steffan Eriksson, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, former Alabama State Senator Harri Anee Smith, and Richard Scrushy of Birmingham’s HealthSouth.

Scrushy was indicted by the United States Government in one of the first cases using the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The case involved more than 2.7 billion dollars in accounting fraud. With Jim Parkman leading his defense, Scrushy was acquitted of all 36 charges in 2005 in a landmark case for corporate law.

Jim was well prepared for such a high stakes and high complexity case. His long history of success in the courtroom make him an ideal choice when the stakes are at their highest. In addition to his impeccable resume’ in the field of criminal defense, Jim has also represented corporations and individuals in high stakes civil suits. He has litigated several high asset divorce cases and represented individuals who were seriously injured due to the negligence of another. He previously obtained a settlement in excess of three million dollars for an individual injured in a collision involving a semi-truck.

Experienced throughout Alabama and licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in the 3rd, 4th, 9th, and 11th Circuits, Jim’s record of success and wide-ranging experience make him a highly sought-aftertriallawyer and legal mind.

His accomplishments have ledto national media exposure and a desire for his legal analysis and insight. Jim was featured prominently in the Netflixseries Trial by Media. Additionally, appearances on Fox News, CNBC, and features in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and many other national publications indicate his renown. Fox News’ Neil Cavuto proclaimed that Jim Parkman is simply “The Greatest Lawyer on the planet.”

Jim is the President of the Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association (CDTLA). He is also an active member in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Along with these responsibilities, Jim also contributes to such books as 2010’s Inside the Minds, Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes. He is also a respected teacher and lecturer leading courses like Effective Cross Examination, Closing Arguments, Protecting Yourself from Corporate Fraud, and others. Generously willing to share his knowledge, he has taught at Bar Association gatherings in Alabama, Florida, Texas, California, and elsewhere.Jim is dedicated to growing the trial attorney profession through his knowledge,expertise, and continued work for his clients.


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