Jim Burnham ’68
Jim Burnham, CEO at the Law Offices of Jim Burnham, was selected for inclusion in The Dallas 500, a D Magazine publication of Dallas-Fort Worth’s 500 most powerful business leaders.
As a criminal defense attorney, he represents individuals and companies accused of federal and state criminal offenses. Burnham has successfully defended many clients before Texas state juries and federal juries in white-collar federal jury trials in Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas.
He served as a top assistant to legendary District Attorney Henry Wade and was lead prosecutor in 400 felony jury trials.
Burnham has been involved in the banking business for the last 20 years and has been the part owner of three banks. He was on the executive committee and board of directors at Grand Bank for 15 years before the bank was sold. Burnham is also in the commercial real estate business, which is managed by his wife, Diane Burnham. He has two daughters, Anne and Amy, and is the grandfather of Elise, who will be one-year-old in August.
From 2001 to 2013, Burnham was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, by Woodward/White and one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. He was awarded to the Texas Super Lawyers by the Texas Monthly Magazine from 2003-2013. From 2005 to 2013, he was recognized to the Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. In 2008, Jim Burnham was honored as the Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year, and in that same year became a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
He served as the president of the Dallas Bar Association and chairman of the board of the Dallas Bar Association. He has been an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1985. He has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2008.
Burnham is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law.