Houston Juvenile Lawyers Fighting for the Children, Getting Cases Dismissed

James (Jim) Sullivan is recognized statewide as a juvenile law expert. Since 1994, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in juvenile and criminal courts. 

James Sullivan graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, the most selective and prestigious trial advocacy program in America. Sullivan was also invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization, a professional organization composed of reputable trial lawyers from across the country. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout southeast Texas.

Call Houston Juvenile Attorney James Sullivan today at 281-546-6428 for a free phone consultation.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community. Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO and is very grateful for clients who write testimonials (85 and counting) on his behalf.

If your child ever needs a juvenile defense attorney, we highly recommend attorney James Sullivan. My 16 year old daughter was arrested in December for smoking pot on school property. Two weeks later she was arrested again for shoplifting. We did not know any juvenile attorneys and did not know anyone who could refer one […]

Hopeful Cypress Mom

Superb attorney! I did not know where to turn when my teenage granddaughter was falsely accused of a felony offense. I began carefully searching for a reputable attorney and that is when I found Jim Sullivan. After reading former client reviews on Avvo, I called him. I found after talking with Jim on the phone and […]


When our 15 year old child was faced with a serious felony offense, possession of child pornography, we did not know where to turn. Through research on Houston attorneys specializing in Juvenile Justice, we located Jim Sullivan. Based on his credentials and outstanding reviews, we contacted him regarding the situation. From the beginning, even before […]

Grateful Parents

My 13 yr old son was charged in Fort bend County with resisting arrest and assault against a public servant, a police officer. I hired Jim Sullivan as his lawyer. Since we are new to Houston we did not know any attorneys. I did a Google search and found reviews, achievements and testimony from other […]

Mini Sebastian

Jim Sullivan recently represented my 14 year old son – he had been charged with indecency with a child; a felony sex crime. The state doesn’t take these cases lightly and was seeking to have my son on felony probation for 2 to 3 years. He could have been ordered to register as a sex […]


Mr. Sullivan saved my child from being charged with a felony sex crime. Mr. James Sullivan is a great attorney and a real person. He met with my family right away and spoke with us over dinner and got to know my child. Right away he tackled my child’s case before the charges were even […]


Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you. Anyone can call Sullivan to represent them. The law practice of James G. Sullivan and Associates is devoted solely to juvenile and criminal defense. Sullivan has tried many cases in the Harris county juvenile and criminal courts. About half of his cases involve juvenile charges while the other half involves criminal charges.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Harris County Juvenile Lawyer James Sullivan has been certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004. Juvenile law is different than criminal law. Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

James Sullivan’s path through life has given him a unique understanding of the injustices that happen to many juveniles, many of which are far beyond their control. Because of his own difficult teen years, Sullivan connects with teenagers in ways that other attorneys simply cannot and has been instrumental in leading juveniles to have a successful future.

Defending Your Minor’s Freedom

James Sullivan chose to become a juvenile defense attorney. It was not by accident. Fighting the government and defending people come natural to him—he was born into a diverse, dynamic family of conservative Baptists and liberal social activists. Unlike many colleagues who practice defense law, Sullivan has never prosecuted anyone and never will. That is not him. His entire career is devoted to defending people accused of juvenile delinquencies and adult crimes.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets proven results. Since 1994, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of juvenile and criminal case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault, theft related offenses and DWI; however, Sullivan does not represent clients in municipal or justice of the peace courts.


James Sullivan practices juvenile and criminal law with a simple philosophy. If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial. Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty. Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation.

Legal Services for a Reasonable Fee

James Sullivan offers a full range of legal services in his defense law practice. Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan charges separate fees on trial and non-trial cases, however he is not a pro bono attorney.

Cares About His Juvenile Clients

James Sullivan cares about his juvenile clients and is concerned about their future. He counsels with minors and their parents at his office for a minimum of one hour. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. He also explains how a delinquency could affect them and how to get on the right path for a successful life. Because Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a delinquency or crime, call Houston Juvenile Defense Attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

James Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. Call Sullivan at 281-546-6428 for a free phone consultation.


James Sullivan speaks Spanish and English, having studied Journalism, Latin American and Asian Studies at Baylor University, a nationally ranked Christian school. He graduated with honors in 1990. He then lived and studied in Mexico City prior to entering law school. In 1993, he graduated from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife Araceli have been married over 25 years and have two children. They worship at a local Catholic Church. James Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.

Counties We Practice In

Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria, Galveston and Liberty.

Areas of Practice

Arson, Aggravated AssaultAssaultAssault Impeding Breathing, Auto Theft, Burglary, Child AbuseChild Pornography, Computer Crime, Criminal Mischief, Cruelty to Animals, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, Fraud, Grand Jury, Indecency with a Child, Insurance Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution, Probation Violation, Record Sealing (Non-Disclosure), Record Expungement (Expunction), RobberySex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault of a Child, ShopliftingTheft, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Crimes.