Personal Profile and Preparatory Education:
James P. McCollom, Jr. was born at Rota Naval Station, Spain. He grew up in two cultures with family in Spain and in Texas.
In Spain, the family, the Catholic Church, and soccer are fundamental. After having graduated from high school in New York, he further expanded his horizons.
He is a 1988 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, and studied in Paris through a New York University spring semester program in 1983.
He is married to a schoolteacher from Kansas.
Professional licenses and admissions:
McCollom has practiced law in Texas since November 1988. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
McCollom started his legal career as an assistant county attorney in Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas where he prosecuted over 30 jury trials in misdemeanor criminal cases. He also worked in the civil division representing the County in child protective cases, mental commitment hearings, federal civil litigation, and family protective orders. The county attorney’s office provided an excellent opportunity to learn how to try a case; to learn about how local government works; and to learn about the realities of conflicts in the daily lives of ordinary citizens.
McCollom mediated numerous cases as a community volunteer in both English and in Spanish for the Nueces County Dispute Resolution Center and achieved an excellent record of negotiated agreements. He received training in both mediation and family law mediation.
McCollom worked as a solo practitioner in Corpus Christi and Beeville, Texas mostly practicing criminal defense and family law. He also represented juveniles.
McCollom then had an opportunity to work with several well-known immigration attorneys: Joe DeMott (San Antonio), Robert Crane (Pasadena, Texas), and Bruce Coane (Houston). But then McCollom opened his own law practice once again in 2009.
Current professional immigration legal memberships:
McCollom is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2006. He also is a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and ASISTA.
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Current professional legal memberships:
McCollom is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honors society for Texas attorneys. McCollom is also a member of the Bar Association for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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