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James J. Binns

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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 Founded the Holiday Meals For Heroes program, which delivers dinners to the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. 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 (Rocky V) and the Pennsylvania Boxer Commissioner (Rocky Balboa) on the silver screen. He speaks French, Italian, and Spanish. This is James J. “Jimmy” 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.

He is certified by the Northwestern University School of Public Safety as an instructor of Highway Patrol Motorcycle Police Officers. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Darby Township Police Department.

65th Annual Hero Thrills Show - 2019

Michael Spicer Bail Hearing - 08/14/2014

U.S. v. Michael Spicer - Jimmy Binns Opening

U.S. v. Michael Spicer - Jimmy Binns Closing

Jimmy Binns at the 2018 Hero Thrill Show

Attorney James Binns on a motorcycle

Promoting the 2019 Hero Thrill Show on NBC10 with Vai Sikahema.

Jimmy Binns Entrance at the 2019 Hero Thrill Show

Attorney James Binns

Jimmy Binns promoting the Hero Thrill Show

Jimmy Binns featured on the The Museum Without Walls audio tour for the Rocky statue (#18).

'The Hero Among Us Part 1'

'The Hero among Us Part 2'

'The Hero Among Us Part 3'

'The Hero among Us Part 4'

'Highway Patrol Wheel Training'

'74 Year Old Motorcycle Cop Jimmy Binns is Never too Old for a Challenge'

'Jimmy Binns TKO’s CBS Sports Anchor'


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 is the 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; Philadelphia Fire Department, Partnership Award.


  • 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
  • Northwestern University Police Motorcycle Operator School- 2016
  • Northwestern University Police Motorcycle Instructor School- 2017

Mr. Binns earned his B.S. from La Salle University in 1961 and his M.A. in Bi-Cultural Communications in 1988. He endowed an academic scholarship and dedicated the James J. Binns Fitness Center in 1992. He donated an academic scholarship to the Delaware County Community College Police Academy, from which he graduated in 2013. He is a member of the teaching faculty.

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

History of Philanthropic & Community Service

Mr. Binns currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Darby Twp. Police Department and is a nationally certified instructor of police motorcycle operators. He has been involved in numerous community and civic affairs, including, inter alia, founding the Hero Plaque Programs for Police and Firefighters. He also founded Copwheels, Inc., The Hero Thrill Show, Inc. and Holiday Meals for Heroes. He has donated hundreds of plaques for local heroes, as well as motorcycles, bicycles, firearms, horse trailers 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.

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.

For further information visit herothrillshow.org.

Mr. Binns holds a reputation around the globe for 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 and race car driver Bobby Unser. He recently secured 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. Recently he achieved an 8 million dollar settlement for a family who lost a child as a result of a school bus crash. He successfully defended a multi-million dollar "clawback" 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 RICO conspiracy. He achieved a 13 million dollar settlement on behalf of the family of a highway patrol officer who was killed by a drunken driver.

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”).

For further information visit jamesbinns.net.

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