James R. Gass

Redlands Criminal Defense Attorney James R. Gass

James R. Gass is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with more than 26 years of experience defending the rights of  his clients. He is the founder and principle attorney of the firm and is an aggressive advocate for his clients. He has won more felony jury trials than any attorney in San Bernardino County and serves clients locally, as well as in Riverside, Orange, and Los Angles Counties, and statewide.

Education and Experience

James began his education at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, where he earned a B.A. in criminal justice in 1986. He went on to attend law school at the Simon Greanleaf School of Law and earned his J.D. in 1990. He was admitted to practice in California the following year.

James founded his own law firm in 1994, after working for a large insurance company for four years. He has devoted his practice almost exclusively to criminal defense since 1995. He has successfully handled a wide variety of criminal matters, ranging from misdemeanors to complex felony cases, including assault, homicide, and murder. He focuses his practice particularly on criminal matters that will go to trial and provides high-quality legal counsel every step of the way.

Awards and Recognition

James has been recognized as an outstanding criminal lawyer by his peers and clients. His fellow attorneys rated him 5.0 out of 5.0 in Martindale Hubbell’s peer-review rating system in 2016. James was also honored in 2014 as the San Bernardino Sun’s “Reader’s Choice Top Attorney.” He is on the death penalty panel of attorneys in San Bernardino County, a privilege reserved for the most experienced and skilled attorneys.


James is committed to ensuring that his clients receive the best defense possible no matter how complex the case. He offers comprehensive counsel through every phase of your case, even if that means defending your rights at trial. He has extensive experience in the courtroom and is ready to provide the counsel you need to defend your rights.


James is a veteran California criminal defense attorney who is ready to explain your rights and options. He offers clients a free 30-minute consultation and will take the time to thoroughly answer your questions. He will zealously defend your rights both inside and outside the courtroom with the goal of achieving the best resolution possible of your criminal matter. If you have been charged with a crime, don’t wait too long to consult with an attorney. Contact our Redlands office today to schedule a consultation with James R. Gass.

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