Jim Turner is a native Pennsylvanian who graduated from La Salle College in Philadelphia. After graduating from La Salle, Mr. Turner was a commissioned officer in the United States Army. After serving four years in the army, Mr. Turner attended South Texas College of Law where he was an associate editor of the law review. He graduated from South Texas and was licensed to practice law in 1982.
In October 1989, Mr. Turner was appointed to the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. During his 30-year tenure with the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Turner prosecuted federal criminal appeals. He presented more than 60 oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit including two arguments en banc. In 2000, Mr. Turner was promoted to the position of Chief of the Appellate Division.
From April 2015 until March 2016, Mr. Turner was detailed to the Department of Justice Office of Pardons Attorney to assist in reviewing and clearing applications for clemency in the last year of the Deputy Attorney General’s Clemency Initiative – a program initiated by President Obama and a precursor to the First Step Act.
After retiring from the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Turner joined the firm of Gregor Wynne Arney, PLLC. where his primary focus is trial and appellate issues in white collar criminal cases and complex civil litigation.
Representative Cases and Experience
- Worked as an assistant district attorney for the Brazoria County Criminal District Attorney’s Office from 1983 until October 1989. Mr. Turner prosecuted appeals, post-conviction writs, represented the district attorney on the county bail bond board, assisted in preparation of responses to pretrial motions, and assisted the civil division chief in providing counsel to the Brazoria County Commissioner’s Court.
- Supervised 12 assistant United States Attorneys and support staff in the prosecution of more than 2,700 appellate cases. In addition to appellate cases, Mr. Turner and his associates responded to post-conviction applications for post-conviction relief in the several divisions the Southern District of Texas.
State Bar of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
La Salle College, B.A.
South Texas College of Law, J.D.
Associations and Honors
Greater Houston Partnership, Member