James is a sixth-generation El Pasoan. Growing up in far east El Paso, he attended Socorro Independent School District schools and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 37, where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Americas High School and was accepted into a highly-competitive combined degree program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor of arts in political science and a law degree.
Well before completing his degrees, James knew he wanted to serve El Paso as a criminal prosecutor. After passing the bar exam, James immediately returned home and began working as an assistant district attorney. Since 2014, he has been assigned to the Special Crimes Unit, which is responsible for prosecuting homicides, major violent crime, and other complex criminal offenses that occur in El Paso. In that time, he has worked on over 100 homicide cases and prosecuted over 50 jury trials, half of which have been murders and capital murders. In 2019, he was recognized as a Criminal Justice Community Difference Maker by Mothers Against Drunk Driving West Texas.
James has dedicated his career to public service and regularly gives back to our community even outside of work. Since becoming an attorney, James has returned to Americas High School to coach the mock trial team that he was a part of and that inspired him to become a prosecutor. He has also volunteered as a commissioner for Emergency Services District #2, overseeing the Horizon Fire Department, and twice served on the City of El Paso Charter Advisory Committee.