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James J. Binns

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 President and CEO of Cop Wheels Inc., which provides equipment for police departments. He was Rocky’s lawyer on the silver screen.

Read more at JamesBinns.net, or visit his Facebook page.

LaSalle College High School – 1957
LaSalle University – B.S. 1961 Magna Cum Laude
Villanova Law School – J.D. 1964
LaSalle University – M.A. 1988
DCCC Police Academy- MPOETC 2013

 

EDUCATION

Mr. Binns is a graduate of LaSalle University, where he earned his B.S.,  magma cum laude (61’) and his M.A. in Bi-cultural Communications (88’). He endowed an academic scholarship and dedicated the James J. Binns Fitness Center (1992) at the University and during the tenure of Brother Patrick Ellis, F.S.C. as University President, Mr. Binns served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees (1980 – 1995).  He graduated with honors from Villanova Law School (64’) and graduated with honors from the Delaware County Community College Police Academy (13’) where he endowed an academic scholarship and has been appointed to the teaching faculty. Languages French, Italian and Spanish.

 

PROFESSIONAL

Licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia; all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Chair, Judicial Selection Commission, Philadelphia Bar Association 1978; Chair, Hearing Committee, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 1982 – 1984; Member, Federal Courts Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association 1996 –; Chief Judge’s Delegate to the Third Circuit Judicial Conference 1998, 1999; Chief Judge’s appointment to The Third Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyers Advisory Committee 2000–2004; Member, Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal Advisory Board, 2005 –.

James J. Binns is an active Philadelphia lawyer who specializes in litigation. Since 1965 his areas of practice have included White Collar criminal cases, Complex and Multi-District litigation involving claims of Securities Fraud, Price-Fixing, Mass Torts, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Sports related issues and Family Law. 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.

Jimmy Binns is featured in chapter 17 of Jim Beasley’s biography Courtroom CowboyRead it here.

Mr. Binns enjoys an international reputation for handling high profile cases with an emphasis on jury trials. He has served as lead and co-lead counsel in a number of nationwide class actions involving claims of Securities Fraud and Price-Fixing.  His Criminal Law practice includes a number of trials to verdict as well as counseling individuals subpoenaed to testify before State and Federal Grand Juries. He defended a United States Congressman in the FBI “ABSCAM” prosecution and won the “Indy 500″ representing Penske Racing and three time champion race car driver Bobby Unser.  He recently achieved a $3,742, 000.00 federal jury verdict in a Wrongful Death action on behalf of a family whose son was shot and killed by a police officer.   He is currently prosecuting a multi million dollar state court lawsuit on behalf of a family whose children where the victims of a school bus accident and a multi million dollar state court lawsuit on behalf of the family of a police officer who was killed by a drunken driver.  He is defending a multi million dollar “claw-back” federal lawsuit brought by the Receiver of a Ponzi Scheme.  He has been rated AV Preeminent for the past 35 years by Martindale-Hubble, the world’s most trusted legal Peer Review Rating process.  For the last 13 years he has consistently been rated among the top 5% of Pennsylvania litigators by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding attorneys.

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”).

Mr. Binns portrayed himself opposite Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire and Burt Young as Rocky Balboa’s lawyer in the motion picture “ROCKY V”. He portrayed himself opposite Sylvester Stallone, as the Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner, in the motion picture “ROCKY BALBOA.”   In 2006 he dedicated the “ROCKY” statue at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Binns has been involved in community and civic affairs.  He is the Founder and CEO of Hero Plaque Programs for Police and Firefighters.  He is the Founder and CEO of Copwheels, Inc. which provides equipment to Police Departments.   In addition to dedicating 261 Hero Plaques, he has dedicated 2 Horse Trailers, 100 shot guns, gun lockers, 89 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, 46 Bicycles, and 4 K-9 dogs to Law Enforcement agencies.  He is the Incorporator and CEO of the Hero Thrill Show, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation which raises funds to pay for the college education of children whose parents have been killed in the line-of-duty as Police Officers or Firefighters.  Since its incorporation in 2006, the Hero Thrill Show Inc., has paid for the full college tuitions of 17 children.  He also founded Holiday Meals For Heroes, a motorcycle police program, which delivers full course dinners to the families of the fallen officers, on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  To date, he has made 23 such runs.

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.

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 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.

 

CIVIC

Director: Prisoners’ Family Welfare Fund 1967-1975; Boy Scouts of America 1968-1970; Lyric Opera Company 1968-1971; Opera Company of Philadelphia 1971-1975; Police Athletic League 1969-1976; Philadelphia Charity Ball, Inc. 1970-2001; (emeritus) 2002-; Indian Rights Association 1969-1973; Catholic Historical Society 1971-1972; Berean Institute 1972-1975; Historical Society of Pennsylvania 1974; Alliance Française de Philadelphia 1975-1980; President: St. Luke’s Hospital 1969-1974; Chair: Organized Crime Task Force, Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia 1975-1977;Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, 2011-; Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial 2011-; Chair: Pennsylvania Athletic Commission 1980-1987; Trustee: LaSalle University 1980-1995; Decorated, Orden Saman de Aragua, Venezuela, 1988; Lifetime Member: Catholic Historical Society, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Dedicated James J. Binns Fitness Center at LaSalle University, 1992; Inducted, Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, 1994; Founder, James J. Binns School of Judeo-Christian Studies at Roman Catholic High, 1995; B’NAI B’RITH Award, 1996; Founder, Philadelphia Police Hero Plaque Program, 2001; Outstanding Civic Leader, City of Philadelphia, 2001; ISRAEL BONDS Award, 2002; Citizen’s Award, Lodge #5, Fraternal Order of Police, 2005; Founder,(“CopWheels”), 2005; Founder, Philadelphia Fire Fighters Hero Plaque Program, 2006; Chair, President/CEO, Hero Thrill Show, Inc. 2006 – ; Combatt International Service Award 2006; Southeast Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Police Chiefs Association Award 2006; designated Life Member, Southeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Police Chiefs Association, 2006; Man of the Year, Pennsylvania County Detective Association, 2006; Friends of Labor Community Service Award (“Sammy”), 2006; Founder, Margate Hero Plaque Program, 2006; Appointed Honorary Fire Chief, Local 22, International Firefighter’s Union, 2007; Philadelphia City Council Citizens Award, 2007; Keynote Speaker, FENCL Award, 2007; Lucien Blackwell Award, 2007; Shomrim “Man of the Year”, 2007; Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award, 2007; Appointed Deputy Police Commissioner (Honorary) Philadelphia, 2007; Appointed Chief, Philadelphia Fire Department (Honorary) Philadelphia, 2007; Founder, Montgomery County Hero Plaque Program, 2007; Founder, Winslow Twp. Police Motorcycle Program, 2008; Founder, Margate Police Motorcycle Program, 2008; Appointed Police Commissioner, Philadelphia (Honorary), 2008; Appointed Chief of Police, Margate, NJ (Honorary), 2008; Appointed Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia (Honorary), 2008; Founder, Atlantic City Police Motorcycle Program, 2008; Appointed Chief of Police, Lower Makefield Township (Honorary), 2008; Appointed Chief of Police, Camden, NJ (Honorary), 2008; Founder, Delaware County Hero Plaque Program, 2008; Men Making A Difference Award, 2008; Graduate, FBI Citizens Academy, 2008; Gold Heart Award 2008; Emerald Society, “Man of the Year”, 2008; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Eagle, Globe & Anchor Award, 2008; Founder, Police Bicycle Program, 2008; Founder, Police Shotgun Program, 2008; Sworn as Special Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2009; FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, 2009; Founder, Chester County Police Hero Plaque Program, 2009; Sworn as Deputy Sheriff, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 2009; Founder, Holiday Meals for Heroes, 2009; Appointed Chief of Police, Longport, NJ (Honorary), 2009; Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award (RCHS), 2009; Founder, Bucks County Hero Plaque Program, 2010; Appointed Chief of Police, Northfield, NJ (Honorary), 2010; Appointed Chief of Police, Brigantine, NJ (Honorary) 2010; Sworn, Special Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2010; Sworn, County Detective, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2010; Sworn, Special Deputy Sheriff, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 2010; Markward Association Award, 2010; Sworn, Honorary Chief of County Detectives, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 2010; Inducted as an Honorary Member, NJ State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, 2010; Law Enforcement Leadership Award, Cradle of Liberty Council, 2010; Delaware County District Attorney’s Award of Merit, 2011; Inducted, Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, 2011; Sponsor, Fencl Award, 2011-; Retired Police, Fire, & Prison Guards Association, “Man of the Year”, 2011; American Jewish Committee, Civic Achievement Award, 2011; Sworn, Special Deputy Sheriff, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 2011;Founder, Sea Isle City Hero Plaque Program, 2012; Founder, Radnor Township Police Motorcycle Program, 2012; Knighted, Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), 2012; Bronze Medallion Award, Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 2013; Appointed Honorary Sheriff, Philadelphia County, 2013; Member: President’s Club, Israel Bonds.

 

PHILANTHROPY

President/ CEO, Hero Thrill Show, Inc.

Founder, Hero Plaque Program

Founder, CopWheels, Inc.

Founder, Holiday Meals for Heroes

Dedicated 128 Hero Cop Plaques in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 9 Hero Cop Plaques in Atlantic City. New Jersey

Dedicated 20 Hero Cop Plaques in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 2 Hero Cop Plaques in Margate City, New Jersey

Dedicated 1 Hero Cop Plaque in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 10 Hero Cop Plaques in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 3 Hero Cop Plaques in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 1 Hero Cop Plaque at the DRPA

Dedicated 1 Hero Cop Plaque in Sea Isle City, New Jersey

Dedicated 109 Hero Firefighter Plaques in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 6 Hero Firefighter Plaque in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 6 Hero Firefighter Plaques in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 2 Horse Trailers to the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit

Dedicated 100 Shotguns to the Philadelphia Police Department Strike Force

Dedicated 64 Motorcycles to the Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol

Dedicated 4 Motorcycles to the Margate City Police Department

Dedicated 2 Motorcycles to the Longport Police Department

Dedicated 2 Motorcycles to Chester County Sheriff’s Department

Dedicated 1 Motorcycle to the Winslow Township Police Department

Dedicated 4 Motorcycles to the Lower Makefield Township Police

Dedicated 1 Motorcycle to the Northfield Police Department

Dedicated 1 Motorcycle to the Newtown Township Police Department

Dedicated 6 Motorcycles to the Bensalem Township Police Department

Dedicated 4 Motorcycles to the Radnor Police Department

Dedicated 21 Bicycles to the Philadelphia Police Department Strike Force

Dedicated 4 Bicycles to the Margate City Police Department

Dedicated 2 Bicycles to the Longport Police Department

Dedicated 9 Bicycles to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

Dedicated 1 K-9  dog to the Atlantic City Police Department

Dedicated 3 K-9 dogs to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

Dedicated gun lockers to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

Paid a $25,000.00 reward to apprehend the murderer of Sgt. Steven Liczbinski

Honorary Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

Honorary Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department

Honorary Sheriff, Philadelphia County Sheriff’s Office

Honorary Chief, Margate Police Department

Honorary Chief, Lower Makefield Police Department

Honorary Chief, Camden Police Department

Honorary Chief, Longport Police Department

Honorary Chief, Northfield Police Department

Honorary Chief, Brigantine Police Department

Honorary Chief, County Detectives, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Sworn, Special Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County

Sworn, County Detective, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Sworn, Special Deputy Sheriff, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Sworn, Special Deputy Sheriff, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Lifetime member, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police

Honorary member,  NJ State Policemen’s Benevolent Association

Former Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner

Inducted, Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame

Inducted, Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Knight, Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM)

Portrayed himself opposite Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire and Burt Young as Rocky’s lawyer in “ROCKY V”

Portrayed himself opposite Sylvester Stallone as the Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner in “ROCKY BALBOA”

Dedicated the “ROCKY” statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Recipient of the following Awards:

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director’s Community Leadership; Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Eagle, Globe & Anchor; B’nai Brith, Inter-Faith Understanding; Anti-Defamation League, Torch of Liberty; Shomrim; Israel Bonds; Southeastern Police Chiefs; Friend of Labor, Sammy; Greater Philadelphia Leadership, RCHS; Philadelphia Emerald Society; Markward Association; Law Enforcement Leadership, Cradle of Liberty Council; Delaware County District Attorney’s Merit Award; Inducted, Law Enforcement Hall of Fame; Retired Police, Fire, & Prison Guards Association, “Man of The Year”; American Jewish Committee, Civic Achievement Award; Bronze Medallion, Chapel of the Four Chaplains