Jimmy Judkins is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He has been a board certified civil trial lawyer since 1984. His clients are faced with complex civil, criminal, and family law issues. Martindale-Hubble rates him with its highest "AV" rating. He has been a fixture in Best Lawyers in America for over 25 years and that publication has designated him in different years as "Tallahassee's Best" criminal defense lawyer (2011); its best white collar criminal defense lawyer (2013, 2016, and 2018); its best family law attorney (2014); and its best "bet the company" litigator (2015). He has been recognized by Florida Superlawyers, Leading Florida Attorneys, and Florida Trend's Legal Elite. He is also a certified mediator.
Jimmy is admitted to practice in all of the state courts in Florida, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. He has tried complex criminal cases in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, including allegations of health care fraud, bribery, bank fraud, antitrust, commercial crimes, as well as drug offenses. He has represented elected officials, professionals and businessmen. He believes in thorough preparation and no-nonsense legal arguments.
Jimmy has served as an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at the Florida State University College of Law on many occasions. He is a past president of the Tallahassee Bar Association and former chairman of the Second Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar. He was a charter member and Master of the Bench of the Tallahassee American Inns of Court (now the William Stafford Inn), and he also served as its president. He has lectured at numerous seminars and is a popular choice as an after-dinner speaker.
Jimmy received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. He and his wife, Kay, have been married since 1973. They have two children. Jimmy is an avid duplicate bridge player and has achieved the rank of Bronze Life Master, but he cherishes fishing with his three grandchildren. He has served on the board of directors for several local charitable organizations.