Attorney James Lee Bright is a current and past member of Super Lawyers® as well as appearing in the Best of D Magazine Lawyers edition multiple times over the course of his two and a half decades career as a criminal defense attorney. Super Lawyers® is an attorney rating service that is nationally recognized throughout the legal community. D Magazine is the preeminent publication of the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex, covering a range of topics including politics, business, food, fashion and lifestyle.


Raised in Dallas, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lee graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and German. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996. In the spring of 2002, Lee served as a visiting professor at the Uniwesytet (University) Marii Curie in Lublin, Poland.  He then continued his legal studies and earned a Master of Laws, with an emphasis on International Law, from the Southern Methodist University Dedmon School of Law in 2003. While obtaining his L.L.M., Lee was a member of the Phi Delta Phi national honor fraternity.


Lee is admitted as a member of the Federal District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. He is also a admitted as a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Lee has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1997. He is a member of both the Dallas and Tarrant County Defense Lawyers Association and served as the President of the Dallas County Defense Lawyers Association in 2010 and 2011.


Over the course of his career, Lee has handled thousands of cases at State and Federal levels. He has represented a wide range of clients, vigorously defending them against all manner of charges, from the most basic of State charges to the most complex Federal charges. He has participated in hundreds of trials, always fighting to achieve the best outcome for those who have entrusted him to handle their legal matters.

Lee has represented several people in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, culminating with a three-month trial, which brought his name to national prominence within the legal community and highlighted by legal and news organizations around the world.

As an attorney who specializes in Federal practice, a very in-depth and complex area of law, Lee has established himself as one of the most well-respected attorneys in the field. Adept at defending clients against any and all criminal charges within the Federal legal system, Lee has the experience to vigorously defend anyone who is suffering under the weight of an attack from the Federal Government.


Southern Methodist University
School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 2003

University of Tennessee
College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1993

Hampden-Sydney College, 1989
B. A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas

American Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Dallas County Defense Lawyers’ Association

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Family Law Section

Phi Delta Phi

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1997

U.S. District Court
Northern District of Texas, 2004

U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Texas, 2008

U.S. District Court
Western District of Texas, 2015

U.S. District Court
Southern District of Texas, 2016

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