James R. Ames - Attorney & Mediator



James (Jim) Ames - Honorably Discharged Vietnam Era veteran of the United States Air Force and graduate of Baylor Law School.   Mr. Ames has been a practicing attorney since 1976. All of those years have been concentrated in Tarrant County in the fields of family and criminal law. His experience as a municipal court judge began in 1978 and continues today. During his years on the bench, Mr. Ames has learned to listen impartially to both sides of a case, weigh the evidence and reach a decision based on the facts presented. Although Mr. Ames has been a mediator of disputes, not only as a family law attorney and through his work as a municipal court judge, he received formal training at Dispute Resolution Services in 1991 and has become a Certified Family Law Mediator. Mr. Ames has learned that each side to a dispute has their own position and perception of the facts and has found many ways to resolve conflicts. James R. Ames is a mediator who is committed to helping parties reach a settlement wherein all parties are satisfied with the results.



Practicing attorney since 1976

B.B.A. Economics/Management, Baylor University

Baylor University School of Law, J.D.

Associate Editor Baylor Law Review

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

United States Air Force/Honorable Discharge

College of the State Bar of Texas

Licensed to practice in Federal Court

Northern District of Texas

Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

Past President - Board of Directors

Level II Mediator

Private/Court Appointed Mediator

Certified Family Law Mediator

Current Municipal Court Judge

Colleyville (1980 - Present)

Lakeside (1986 - Present)

Past Municipal Court Judge

Bedford (1978 - 1993)

Haltom City (1986 - 1994)

Judge, H.E.B. Teen Court


State Bar of Texas

Tarrant County Bar Association

Tarrant County Family Bar Association

N.E. Tarrant County Bar Association

James R. Ames has been licensed to practice law since 1976.

Licensed to practice in Federal Court, Northern District of Texas

Member of

State Bar of Texas

Tarrant County Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

Who's Who in American Law

Outstanding Young Men of America


Past President of Board of Directors of Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County

Board of Advisors of Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law

Mediator for American Dispute Resolution Services

Past Part-time lecturer at TCJC

Past Legal Aid Volunteer

Baylor Law Degree

Associate Editor Baylor Law Review

B.B.A. in Economics, Baylor University

Phi Delta Phi Honor Legal Fraternity

College of the State Bar

Rated AV Preeminent for ten years (2001 - 2011) by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards)

Attends Annual Municipal Court Training Seminars

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