James R. Kingman

Attorney at Thomas J. Henry Law's Austin Office

Mr. Jim Kingman is an Austin-based trial attorney with a decade of courtroom experience.

Mr. Kingman grew up in the rural community of Corsicana, Texas. He was a champion debater, President of the National Honor Society, Salutatorian of Corsicana High Class of 2005, Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout Troop, and an Eagle Scout.

Mr. Kingman earned his B.A. from Rhodes College, a liberal arts school in Memphis, Tennessee, known for its rigor, community service, and the nation’s premier mock trial program. He competed on the mock trial team as the closer, regardless of which side his team was on.

At Rhodes, Mr. Kingman was elected as the student member of the college’s Board of Trustees, was on the executive committee of both the Student Government and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and was president of the board that allocated funds to student organizations. Interested in Classics since he was a child, Mr. Kingman studied abroad at Oxford and in Greece, Italy, and Turkey. He also studied Spanish in Spain, developing the language skills he has used throughout his practice in South Texas.

In 2009, Mr. Kingman earned his B.A. in English Literature, cum laude, with an Honors distinction awarded for his research work on James Joyce and Greek myth. He was inducted into the honor societies of Sigma Tau Delta (English), Phi Alpha Theta (History), and Phi Beta Kappa.

During the summers, Mr. Kingman was a counselor at Camp Longhorn, where he had been a camper. Over his summers there, he was a lifeguard, the Activities Director, and Rock Climbing and Ropes Course Director.

Mr. Kingman then earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2012. He was the President of the Harvard Law Texas Club, Vice President of The Federalist Society, Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Book Review Editor of the National Security Law Journal. He also played intramural sports and acted with the Harvard Law Drama Society.

Mr. Kingman was named a Chayes International Public Interest Fellow and spent his first law school summer in Cape Town, South Africa, working for an anti-corruption NGO, the Open Democracy Advice Centre. That was the summer South Africa hosted the World Cup. This was not a coincidence.

In law school, Mr. Kingman’s two major scholarly efforts stemmed from his background and experiences. He used his connections and relationships to delve into the famous capital murder arson case that resulted in the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. When South Africa passed the law that he had lobbied against, he worked with a prominent South African constitutional law professor to prepare a paper outlining the predicted impacts of the law.

Mr. Kingman first lived in Austin during his second summer of law school, when he worked for the Attorney General’s redistricting litigation team. As part of his clinic in his third year of law school, he was embedded with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he tried his first case.

Mr. Kingman returned home to Corsicana in Navarro County. Within his first year, he tried over 40 cases, from simple traffic tickets to first degree felonies. After a year, he returned to Austin as a judicial clerk for Hon. Sharon Keller, the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He was the chief of the clerks and administered the clerkship program. He served as the bailiff for the investitures of a third of the current court.

Mr. Kingman spent the next several years in Victoria County, Navarro County, Nueces County, and Travis County in the DA’s Offices. He prosecuted cases including murder, child abuse, white collar fraud, human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

During this time, Mr. Kingman served as a board member of several community organizations, including the United Way of Navarro County, the Rhodes College Alumni Association, and the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association. He was the District Committee Chairman for his home Boy Scouts district, founded an immigration nonprofit related to the area’s Pacific Islander population, and coached mock trial teams. He was an instructor for the Nueces County DA’s office internal training program on trial practice, the Corpus Christi Police Academy on the penal code, and multiple schools about careers in public service and law.

His writing has appeared in The Southwestern Review, The Corsicana Daily Sun, The Victoria Advocate, and The Washington Post.

Mr. Kingman has run three marathons and enjoys rock-climbing, paddleboarding, and triathlons.

PRACTICE AREAS

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas

EDUCATION

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (J.D.)
    • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Senior Editor
    • National Security Law School, Book Review Editor
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (B.A.)
    • Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
    • Sigma Tau Delta (English)

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