James Martin Davis focuses his practice on criminal defense matters in both state and federal courts, and also represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death actions. For information regarding Mr. Davis’ areas of expertise, please see the Practice Areas Overview page.
With a legal career spanning over 35 years, and extensive trial experience including over 150 jury trials, Mr. Davis provides creative and effective legal representation to his clients. In recognition of his work and standing in the legal community, Mr. Davis has attained the highest possible peer-review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards. He is Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist and a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been selected to the American Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and as a Great Plains Super Lawyer.
Mr. Davis received his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law following military service where he served as a decorated combat soldier for the United States Army in Vietnam. As a result of his service, he received a Battlefield Commission as a Second Lieutenant. His biography also includes serving as Commissioner of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, 1977-1982; Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service, 1970-1973; and Attorney-in-Charge, Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Strike Force, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, 1975-1976. Mr. Davis was also a Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress in 1996.
Mr. Davis was admitted to practice in the State of Nebraska in 1975 and is also admitted to appear before the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1976, Indiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1982, U.S. Tax Court; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court; 1989, Colorado and U.S. Claims Court; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1997, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. His publications include Raids: A Guide to Planning, Coordinating and Executing Searches and Arrests, Charles Thomas Publishers; 1982; 'Impeachment By Prior Inconsistent Statements,' Trial Magazine; March, 1989; 'Self-Control: The Forgotten Rule of Cross-Examination,' Trial Magazine; October, 1989; and 'Preparing Witnesses for Cross-Examination,' Trial Magazine.
An active member of the community, Mr. Davis is a member of the Nebraska State (Member, House of Delegates); Indiana State, The Colorado and American (Member, Criminal Justice Section) Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (Past President); Phi Alpha Theta; and Delta Theta Phi.