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Dallas, Texas 75252
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Jim Skinner


Jim Skinner, Of Counsel to the Firm, is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and former prosecutor who brings vast investigative knowledge and experience to this firm's multi-disciplinary approach in providing quality litigation for complex civil and catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Skinner retired in June 1998 as Chief Investigator for New Mexico's Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, having received extensive training and accumulated years of experience in narcotics enforcement, complex white-collar crime, public corruption, violent crimes and homicide investigations. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001, Mr. Skinner worked as a trial lawyer with Michael Pezzulli and Chris Barnes before becoming an Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office. In 2008, Mr. Skinner re-entered the private sector where he consulted for complex civil litigators and corporate entities on the discovery and investigation of financially motivated criminal activity. In 2011, Mr. Skinner served as Collin County's Second Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division before returning to the Firm.

The Firm's approach to any litigation is to critically analyze the issues and to then investigate the facts and gather all the evidence before filing a lawsuit. Mr. Skinner's vast training and experience, combined with his legal education allows for remarkable clarity when evaluating a matter that may result in litigation. After litigation begins, Mr. Skinner's investigative experience and ability to analyze evidence greatly enhances the effectiveness of the Firm's strategies.

Mr. Skinner graduated from the FBI's Narcotics Related Financial Investigative Techniques Training Program and the DEA's Basic Narcotics/Dangerous Drug Enforcement School and worked as the Eastern New Mexico Narcotics Task Force Coordinator, conducting undercover and counter-drug intelligence operations throughout New Mexico with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. Mr. Skinner is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Fraud and Financial Investigations Training Program, the Advanced White Collar Crime Training Program, the Telecommunications Fraud Training Program, MCTFT's International Money Laundering Training, and numerous other programs related to the discovery and investigation of complex financial crime and organized criminal activity. Jim Skinner is a former vice-president of the New Mexico Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a nationwide organization of high tech crime investigators. Mr. Skinner is a commissioned reserve deputy sheriff with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and a member of the North Texas Crime Commission's Law Enforcement Liaison Committee.

Jim Skinner was also featured in August 1996 Reader's Digest, article "To Catch Three Thieves." This article explains Skinner's actions in bringing to justice three men who stole over $58M from senior citizens throughout the United States and Canada by illegal telemarketing scams.

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