Jim’s Bio

Jim Skinner is a 24-year law enforcement veteran, trial attorney and prosecutor who associates Of Counsel with the law firm Hawash Meade Gaston Neese & Cicack, LLP.  In June 1998, in order to pursue his law degree, Jim resigned as Chief Investigator for New Mexico’s Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, after serving for 18 years as a police officer in both a military and civilian capacity. As Chief Investigator, Jim received extensive training and experience in narcotics enforcement, complex white-collar crime, public corruption, violent crime and homicide investigations.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001, Jim worked as a civil lawyer in Dallas, representing numerous child victims of sexual abuse from across the United States against a variety of institutions.  In 2007, Jim became an Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.  In 2008, Jim prosecuted a District Attorney from the DFW Metroplex for public corruption crimes that resulted in a fifteen-year prison sentence. Afterward, Jim re-entered the private sector where he consulted for complex civil litigators and corporate entities on the discovery and investigation of financially motivated criminal activity.  In 2011, Jim again returned to the public sector and served as Collin County’s Second Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division.

Jim graduated from the FBI’s Narcotics Related Financial Investigative Techniques Training Program and the DEA’s Basic Narcotics/Dangerous Drug Enforcement School and worked as the Eastern New Mexico Narcotics Task Force Coordinator, conducting undercover and counter-drug intelligence operations throughout New Mexico with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.  Jim is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Fraud and Financial Investigations Training Program, the Advanced White Collar Crime Training Program, the Telecommunications Fraud Training Program, MCTFT’s International Money Laundering Training, and numerous other programs related to the discovery and investigation of complex financial crime and organized criminal activity.  Jim is also a former vice-president of the New Mexico Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a nationwide organization of high tech crime investigators.  Jim is a commissioned deputy sheriff with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Division and works in their Criminal Investigations Section.  Jim is a former member of the Board of Directors for the North Texas Crime Commission and serves on the Commissions Law Enforcement Training Committee and its Legislative Committee.  Jim is active as an honorary member of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association and he is a member of both the National Sheriff’s Association and the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.  Jim serves as a Vice-President in the Collin County Republican Men’s Club, as a Trustee for Collin County Meals on Wheels, and as the Judge Advocate for the Bill Bryant Post 110 of the American Legion located in McKinney.

Jim Skinner was featured in August 1996 Reader’s Digest, article “To Catch Three Thieves.”  This article explains Jim’s actions in bringing to justice three men who stole over $58 million from senior citizens throughout the United States and Canada by illegal telemarketing scams.  Jim was also featured in the October 2008 edition of The Prosecutor Magazine, in an article titled “Violating the Public’s Trust.”  This article detailed the 18-month grand jury investigation and two months of trial in the complex corruption prosecution of longtime North Texas Criminal District Attorney.

Jim is an armed forces veteran, having served almost eight (8) years as a US Air Force Security Police Dog Handler, Investigator and EST (SWAT) team leader/operator.  Jim and Ellen live in Melissa and worship at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Allen.  Their son Egan is a 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who now lives and works in Austin with his wife, Jessica.  Jim also volunteers time as the crew chief on a privately owned Vietnam era US Army UH-1H “Huey” helicopter that is used to fly missions in support of our Wounded Warriors and other veteran related activities across North Texas.

Pol. Adv. paid for by the Jim Skinner Campaign, Charlie O'Reilly, Treasurer.