“Some say he did the impossible!”
The Jere Beasley Report, August 2005
James W. Parkman, III (Jim)
Jim Parkman is one of the founding partners of Parkman White, LLP. Since earning his law degree and becoming licensed to practice in Alabama in 1979, he has steadily built his well-deserved reputation for success in the most complex, high profile cases with the highest of stakes. With over thirty years of legal experience, he has defended clients from New York to California, Florida to Alaska and throughout the entire nation. His accomplishments and numerous courtroom victories have led him to become a highly sought-after legal mind, making appearances on Fox News, CNBC and several national publications. In fact, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto has proclaimed that Jim Parkman is indeed “The Greatest Lawyer on the Planet.”
In 2003, Jim teamed up with partner William White with whom he eventually formed Parkman White, LLP, a firm whose accomplishments read like a page from a book of legal fantasy. While Jim had a long list of successes, his entrance on the national scene came in 2005 when he became lead counsel for HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who had been indicted in an accounting fraud involving over $2.7 billion. Through blistering cross-examination of the government’s main witness and a revelatory closing argument, Jim was able to secure acquittals on all 36 counts for his client in a landmark case for corporate law.
More recently, Jim led the defense of a state senator charged with multiple counts of bribery, money laundering, and conspiracy in the widely publicized “Bingo Trials” of 2011 and 2012. Jim and William took turns shredding the credibility of government witnesses, exhibiting an unmatched prowess in the high stakes theater of the media-frenzied federal courthouse. After a hung jury and an entire second trial, including a closing argument for the ages, Jim brought back a full acquittal for his client on all 19 counts.
Jim is the lead trial attorney of Parkman White, LLP, and works out of the firm’s Birmingham office. Jim has been rated as “AV Pre-eminent” by his legal peers through Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rank and a testament to his revered status among other attorneys. He has also been rated a perfect 10 by lawyer rating service AVVO, named a “Top 100 Trial Attorney,” and featured in “Birmingham’s Best Attorneys.” Jim is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, as well as before the United States Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 11th Circuits. Jim is experienced in domestic cases, having handled hundreds of high net worth divorce clients. He has also been lead attorney in numerous civil cases. Jim primarily focuses in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Civil Jury Trials, Criminal Defense, and Divorce.
- Cumberland School of Law at Samford University – J.D. 1979