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 (98 and counting) on his behalf.

Excellent attorney. My wife and I hired Jim to represent our 16 year old son after he was arrested for aggravated assault. We had no experience with the legal system but after talking with Jim we felt very confident and made the decision to hire him. His knowledge of the juvenile legal system impressed us from […]


Great juvenile lawyer. When I needed a lawyer to defend my teenage son who was charged with a felony sex offense, it was a stroke of luck that Jim Sullivan answered his phone when I called. My husband and I were frantic, worried and confused, but Jim answered our questions and we were especially reassured […]

Concerned Mom in Fort Bend County

Thank you Mr. Sullivan for representing our son, your knowledge of juvenile law and understanding of teenagers is unquestionable. Jim Sullivan helped our son and family through a very difficult time. On a Friday evening in February 2012, our son was handcuffed and taken from our home for detainment at the Juvenile facility (Fort Bend […]

Anonymous from Fort Bend County

Superb Lawyer! In August 2013, our family entered into the hardest trial and hardship of our lives to date when our teenage son was accused of fondling his younger sister and later arrested for indecency with a child. Our world was shaken, turned upside down and inside out. During a time like this, you feel […]

Mary M

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

After some strong arming by the fire marshall’s office for my son’s felony arson case, I was so nervous and looked up Jim Sullivan. I hired him based on his results, and I could not be happier that I did! He got my son’s case on the next docket, after an attempt at delay from […]

Evelyn Segovia

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 Primarily Practice In

Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller and Brazoria.

Areas of Practice

Arson, Aggravated AssaultAssaultAssault Impeding Breathing, Auto Theft, Burglary, Child AbuseChild Pornography, Computer Crime, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Cruelty to Animals, Deadly ConductDomestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, First Time Offenders, Fraud, Grand Jury, Harassment, Homicide, Improper Teacher-Student Relationship, Indecency with a Child, Insurance Fraud, KidnappingManslaughter, 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, Shoplifting, StalkingTheft, Unlawful Restraint, Weapon/Firearm Offenses, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Crimes.