Jim Parsons

About Jim Parsons

Get to Know Jim Parsons

For more than four decades, Palestine attorney Jim Parsons has used his legal and personal skills on behalf of the people of East Texas both as a lawyer in private practice and as a district court judge. 

During a distinguished career, he has tried more than 300 jury trials as both a judge and lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on representing the victims of accidents causing serious personal injury or wrongful death, including automobile and trucking accidents, oilfield injuries and defective products. 

Mr. Parsons also maintains a vigorous practice in the areas of insurance bad faith, business disputes, real estate litigation, probate litigation and family law, including issues of divorce, child custody and support, adoptions and domestic violence restraining orders. 
In 1996, he was elected by the people of Anderson, Henderson and Houston Counties to a four-year term as judge in the 3rd District Court, one of the oldest courts in Texas. So high was the regard for his service on the bench, that he was re-elected to two additional terms without opposition. While on the bench, he was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Texas Judicial Council from 1997-2001 and the Supreme Court Task Force on Jury Assembly and Administration in 2006. Jim served on the Texas Board of Corrections from 1985 to 1986 and on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Texas from 1986 to 1989. Wanting to get back to representing clients, he returned to private practice in 2007.

The lawyers of Texas elected Jim to serve as President of the State Bar of Texas from 1990-1991. Mr. Parsons declared his tenure as President as The Year of Inclusion and was recognized by minority bars for advancing minority participation in the State Bar. He in fact resigned his seat as an American Bar Association (ABA) delegate in order to appoint in his place the first female, first African-American delegate to the ABA from Texas. He was recognized by minority bars for advancing minority participation in the State Bar. and was named as "Lawyer of the Year" by the Mexican-American Bar Association. 

While President of the Bar, Mr. Parsons traveled to the Soviet Union and brought judges, lawyers and professors from the Soviet Union and various republics to attend the State Bar’s annual convention, under the title of Rule of Law and Not Man. Mr. Parsons is also a distinguished author and lecturer who has presented at numerous seminars, courses and institutes for the State Bar of Texas in such areas as trial procedure, trial technique, jury trial improvement and evidence.

Jim serves nationally as well as in Texas. He is an active member and leader in ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as a National Board Representative. He was a founding member and the 2012 President of Tex-ABOTA, an organization of over one thousand Texas trial lawyers. Both of these are dedicated to the preservation of the right to trial by jury and education of the public about the importance of our legal system.

Prior to assuming the bench, Jim was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in three different areas: Personal Injury, Civil Trial Law and Family Law; as Judge Parsons he allowed his certifications to lapse while pursuing judicial studies.

Mr. Parsons received his law degree in 1968 from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law. He received his B.B.A. from Baylor University (1965) and his A.A. from Lon Morris College (1963). He completed advanced coursework at Asbury Seminary (1994, 1995) and the National Judicial College (1997, 1998). He has been recognized as "Alumnus of the Year" by both the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston and by Lon Morris College.

Jim Parsons has been selected as one of Texas Top Rated Lawyers, with an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, Lawyer Ratings. The AV Preeminent rating is given to those lawyers who are recognized by their peers as having outstanding legal ability and ethics and practicing at the highest level of professional excellence.

Jim Parsons was a featured speaker at the litigation section of the State Bar of Texas Litigation Update in Austin.
For many years, Jim has been an active leader in the community on behalf of numerous organizations. The community recognized his legal contributions with the Palestine Herald Press Best Law Firm of Palestine, Readers Choice award.

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