William Owen “Will” James, III is a legal professional deeply rooted in the vibrant community of Little Rock, Arkansas. As a lifelong resident of this charming city, he carries a legacy of legal excellence passed down from his parents, William Owen “Bill” James, Jr. and the Honorable Patricia A. James. Will’s unwavering commitment to the field of law and his dedication to his community are at the heart of his impressive legal career.
Will’s academic journey began at the University of Arkansas, where he demonstrated not only his intellectual prowess but also his leadership qualities. During his time at the university, he was actively involved in the Interfraternity Council, serving as a Chapter President. His leadership extended to the University of Arkansas Chapter of Farmhouse Fraternity, where he held the prestigious positions of President and Vice President of Recruitment. These experiences laid the foundation for his future in law, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, communication, and dedication.
Continuing his legal education as a second-generation student, Will attended the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. His dedication to advocacy and litigation became evident as he was chosen to lead the 2019 UALR Trial Team as Captain and serve on the Moot Court Executive Board. These roles allowed him to refine his courtroom skills and develop a deep understanding of the intricacies of trial law.
Throughout his career, Will has been drawn to the courtroom, with a strong focus on litigation. His early experiences in criminal defense litigation at the James Law Firm solidified his passion for this aspect of the law. With over 20 jury trials under his belt, Will possesses a wealth of experience, having handled a broad spectrum of criminal cases, ranging from simple traffic tickets to the defense of individuals facing capital murder charges. His legal expertise has taken him from small-town district courts to the highest echelons of Arkansas’s judicial system, including appearances before the Supreme Court of Arkansas in appellate matters.
Will’s personal philosophy centers around the belief that every individual is entitled to fair and zealous representation under the law. He approaches each case, regardless of its size or complexity, with an unwavering dedication to securing the best possible outcome for his clients. This commitment to justice and advocacy is reflected in his involvement in multiple organizations and boards throughout central Arkansas, where he actively contributes to the betterment of the legal profession and the community as a whole.
In his personal life, Will shares his journey with his wife, Audrey James, and together, they are lifelong supporters of the Arkansas Razorbacks, wholeheartedly embracing the spirit of Supporting Arkansas Razorbacks Sports. The James family, including their daughter Charlotte James, is deeply entrenched in the rich tapestry of Arkansas life, reflecting their love for their community and their passion for the law. Will’s legacy in the legal field and his unwavering dedication to his clients and community make him a standout figure in the Arkansas legal landscape.
- University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A. in Marketing/Finance
- University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D
- Appellate Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Civil Litigation
COMMUNITY & RECOGNITIONS
- 2022 AY’s (About You) Best of the Best – Criminal Defense
- 2022 & 2023 Pulaski County Bar Association President’s Award Recipient
ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Pulaski County Bar Association
- Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Arkansas Bar Association
- U.S. District Court (Western and Eastern)
SIGNIFICANT CASES AND SETTLEMENTS
- State v. Patricio Hernandez (60CR-19-1134)
- State v. Justin Myers (53CR-20-55)
- State v. Darrius Calvin (15CR-21-39)