James F. Turner, Jr.
|James F. Turner, Jr.|
|Born||May 14, 1980|
James Turner (b. May 14, 1980 in Pensacola) is an attorney in private practice, having formed the James Turner Law Firm, LLC which focuses primarily on both family and criminal law.
James earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he was a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon business fraternity. After completing his undergraduate studies, he studied law on a full scholarship at the Florida State University College of Law where he earned his juris doctor degree in 2004. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 23, making him one of the youngest prosecutors in Florida's history.
Previously, James worked with the Innocence Project of Florida to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom through the use of DNA testing and to help rebuild their lives once released. One such case was that of Wilton Dedge, who after serving 22 years of a life sentence, was the first man in Florida exonerated through DNA evidence. Following Mr. Dedge's release, James worked with former American Bar Association President and Former President of Florida State University, Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, to help lobby the Florida legislature in 2005 on a claims bill that eventually awarded Mr. Dedge a total of $2.2 million, the largest settlement regarding a wrongful conviction in Florida history. The story of Wilton Dedge was featured in the documentary "After Innocence" that was shown at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
James has been active in both local and state politics. James was previously elected as Chairman of the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee (more popularly known as the Escambia County Democratic Party). Before that, James was elected as state committeeman for the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee (Escambia DEC) for the 2008-2012 term. As a state committeeman, James was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Florida Democratic Party. He later was elected as Chairman of the First Congressional District Committee covering Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes counties. In that role, he sat on the Central Committee, the governing body of the state Democratic Party.
James is also active with the Florida Bar, becoming a member of the Committee on the Legal Needs of Children and the Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. Additionally, James was named one of Pensacola's Rising Stars by the Pensacola Independent News in 2009.