James J. Binns

Philadelphia Trial Attorney – Special Counsel

You know Jimmy Binns, even if you don't know him by name. He founded the Hero Plaque program for Philadelphia's fallen police officers and firefighters. He's President and CEO of the Hero Thrill Show, an annual fundraiser for the education of fallen police and firefighters' children. He's successfully handled numerous major cases in his career. He was Rocky's lawyer on the silver screen and speaks French, Italian, and Spanish. This is James J. Binns.

An active Philadelphia trial attorney, Mr. Binns is licensed to practice in 20 states and is admitted to the Federal Courts of each state in which he is licensed. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the Circuit Courts of Appeals in all Eleven Circuits and he is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.


  • La Salle College High School - 1957
  • La Salle University - B.S. 1961 magna cum laude
  • Villanova Law School - J.D. 1964
  • La Salle University - M.A. 1988
  • DCCC Police Academy - MPOETC 2013

Graduating from La Salle University, Mr. Binns earned his B.S. in 1961 and his M.A. in Bi-Cultural Communications in 1988. He has provided for academic scholarships and even had the James J. Binns Fitness Center dedicated to him in 1992. He also donated an academic scholarship to the Delaware County Community College Police Academy, where he graduated from in 2013. Mr. Binns has also been appointed to the teaching faculty there.

Jimmy Binns is even featured in chapter 17 of Jim Beasley's biography, Courtroom Cowboy. Read it here.

Proven Advocate. Trusted Leader in Law.

Mr. Binns has been AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 35 years, which is the most trusted legal Peer Review Rating system in the world. Additionally, he has been elected to the top 5% of Pennsylvania litigators in the Super Lawyers® list for the past 12 years.

Mr. Binns is the former Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner, having been initially appointed by Republican Governor Richard Thornburgh and reappointed by Democratic Governor Robert P. Casey. In 1984 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. He represents boxers, promoters and casinos throughout the world. His 31 consecutive legal victories for the World Boxing Association ("WBA") include decisions over Muhammed Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Top Rank, Don King, Mike Tyson, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").

History of Philanthropic & Community Service

Throughout decades of practice, Mr. Binns has paired his excellence in legal service with excellence in community care. He has been involved in numerous community and civic affairs, including founding Hero Plaque Programs for Police and Firefighters, Copwheels, Inc., Hero Thrill Show, Inc., Holiday Meals for Heroes, and been involved in numerous other organizations. He has donated hundreds of plaques for local heroes, horse trailers, supplies, equipment, and much more to law enforcement agencies.

As part of his commitment to the legal process, Mr. Binns chaired the Judicial Selection Commission of the Philadelphia Bar Association and chaired a Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has repeatedly been selected by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as a Delegate to the Third Circuit Judicial Conference. He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to serve as a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee.

In addition to currently serving as a sworn Highway Patrol Motorcycle Police Officer in Darby Township, PA, Mr. Binns enjoys appointments as the Honorary Sheriff, Police Commissioner, and Fire Commissioner of Philadelphia. He is the Honorary Chief of Police of Lower Makefield, Camden, Margate, Longport, Northfield, and Brigantine. He is also the Honorary Chief County Detective for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, a sworn Special Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County, a sworn County Detective in the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, a sworn Special Deputy Sheriff for Chester County, and a sworn Special Deputy Sheriff for Delaware County. He is an honorary member of the New Jersey Policemen's Benevolent Association and he has been inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Mr. Binns holds a reputation around the globe for being able to handling serious, high profile cases, especially jury trials. He defended a United States Congressman in the FBI "ABSCAM" prosecution and won the "Indy 500″ while advocating for Penske Racing race car driver Bobby Unser. He recently achieved a $4,742,000.00 jury verdict in a wrongful death case on behalf of the family of a young man who was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer. Within the past year (2015), he has resolved a multi-million dollar state court lawsuit for a family who lost their children in a school bus crash. He successfully defended a multi-million dollar lawsuit instituted in the USDC ED PA and won an acquittal for a Philadelphia narcotics police officer who was indicted in the USDC ED PA by the Justice Department, who accused him of participating in a major conspiracy. He is currently prosecuting a multi-million dollar state court lawsuit on behalf of the family of a police officer who was killed by a drunken driver.
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