A Missouri Native receiving his juris doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law, James began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the St. Louis metropolitan area and in 2006 was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt as Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County. James led the Warren County Multi-Disciplinary Team in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and domestic violence cases, served as a member of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, and was appointed to the Supreme Court Rules Committee for Alternative Treatment Courts by Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr. He chaired the Child Fatality Review Board in Montgomery County and concluded his prosecution career as Frist Assistant, supervising the Major Crimes Unit in Greene County. In civil practice James focuses on family, probate, contracts, and real estate law.