James was an active member of the United States Army from July 31, 1990 to July 30, 1994, where he served in the Presidential Honor Guard for Presidents Bush and Clinton. Following his honorable discharge from military service, James attended Wichita State University, receiving his B.A. in Political Science in 1999. He attended Washburn University School of Law where he earned a selection to the Washburn Law School’s Moot Court Council in 2001. James founded the Veteran’s Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW) for students who were veterans of the military or police and fire departments and attending Washburn Law School. In 2003, James was named to the National Order of Barristers in recognition of excellence in trial advocacy. While at Washburn, James clerked for the 3rd Judicial District Court of Kansas writing memoranda and assisting in the preparation of judicial opinions.
James began his legal career as an associate with a large insurance defense firm in Wichita. He switched gears moving to the small firm of Malone, Dwire & Jones as an associate, where he quickly became a partner and owner of Malone, Dwire & Thompson. He moved his practice and joined Klenda Austerman as Of Counsel in 2010.
James has developed a specialty in representing clients who have been the victims of wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, excessive force, deadly force and other improper actions by state and local law enforcement authorities and other government agencies. He is one of the few lawyers in the State of Kansas who extensively practices in this arena. Outside of these civil liberty cases, James also handles general commercial civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and estate planning matters.
James gained national recognition in 2005 in the course of wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of many of the family members of the victims of the serial killer Dennis Rader known as BTK. Today, he serves as legal counsel for the Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists and Kansas Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation. As a result of these career successes, James was named a Rising Star among attorneys in Kansas and Missouri in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
James actively participates in the local bar association and his community by advocating for homeless veterans of the armed forces. He received the Wichita Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2008 for coordinating the WBA’s participation in the United States Veteran Administration’s Stand Down event for the City of Wichita where local attorneys do their part by volunteering their time to provide free legal services to homeless veterans. He continues to coordinate the involvement of attorneys in this event yearly.
In addition to his work and community involvement, James enjoys spending time and relaxing with his wife and daughter. He enjoys practicing Tae Kwon Do and competes regularly in sparring competitions. James’ other pastimes include running, reading, attending gun shows and playing poker.
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