James D. Bornhoft is an experienced trial attorney who has conducted over 70 jury trials in his career and has spent over 10,000 hours inside the courtroom. Prior to founding Bornhoft Law, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney, rising quickly through the ranks to become the sole Human Trafficking Prosecutor and a member of the Special Victims Unit in the largest judicial district in the State of Colorado at that time.
While at the District Attorney's Office, James handled serious felony prosecutions such as murder, pimping, pimping of a child, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and crimes falling under the Colorado Organized Crime Act. He worked extensively with various organizations such as the Innocence Lost Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Drug Enforcement Agency, High-Risk Multi-Disciplinary Team, and the U.S. Attorney's Office. James also gave community presentations on the topic of Human Trafficking and taught at the Detectives Academy on Human Trafficking.
James has extensive experience prosecuting misdemeanor crimes such as DUI, drugs, and domestic violence. While in County Court in Colorado, he was selected to be the lead attorney managing 12 different attorneys in six separate courtrooms with a caseload of over 3,500 cases. During this time, James was tasked with training new and inexperienced attorneys weekly on all areas of trial practice such as trial advocacy, discovery, jury selection, motions practice, objections, opening statements, closing arguments, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and evidence.
James settled in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where his family has roots spanning back 3 generations, and worked for a large personal injury firm and a boutique litigation firm in Arkansas before founding Bornhoft Law. He has handled hundreds of personal injury and automobile accident cases, negotiating numerous policy limit settlements and reductions of medical bills and liens to his clients' benefit. James has also gained significant experience litigating various Family Law Cases, such as divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions, guardianships, petitions to relocate out of state, and protection orders. In addition, he has significant experience in estate planning, writing wills, establishing trusts, litigating will and trust disputes, and probating estates of all sizes.
James is licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas, the U.S. District Court of Eastern Arkansas, the U.S. District Court of Western Arkansas, and the State of Colorado. He graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2016, where he was hand-selected to be a member of the DU Law National Trial Team from 2013 to 2016, a top 10 trial advocacy program in the nation. James also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Financial Management and Investments from the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business.
James founded Bornhoft Law with the mantra of “When it Matters Most.” He believes in handling every client with a client-centered, compassionate, efficient, transparent, honest, ethical, and communicative approach. When it comes to handling cases, James believes in a meticulous, tenacious, zealous approach to advocating for his clients. He knows that when clients have been seriously injured, dealing with family issues such as divorce or child custody, planning to secure their family's future, or have been charged with a crime – that's when it matters most. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with James D. Bornhoft, please fill out the form on this page or call our number 501-501-LAWS.