Local. Versatile. Exceptional.

Attorney Jim Sharon Bearden, Jr., knows the local courts and how to craft strategies to solve your legal matter in a wide variety of practice areas. He will tell you the truth and fight for you!

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Best Lawyer in Orange

Rated 9.5 “Superb” by largest online attorney rankings service for 2014

Voted best criminal lawyer by the Orange Leader Poll of 2009-2010

Awarded “Superb” rating by the largest online directory of attorneys

No jury trial losses since 2000

Proudly Serving Clients In And Around Orange County, Texas

Client Reviews

“Best lawyer I have ever seen. Took on the State of Texas and handily defeated them in my DUI trial. He possesses big city attorney skills with a small-town charm. He is a straight shooter and will advise you truthfully on matters. He HATES to lose!!!!! Would recommend him to anyone.”

~ DUI Client

“Best decision I ever made! Jim Sharon provided sound advice during a devastating period in my life (divorce). He took care of everything (property value, child custody, child support) with experience, commitment, and integrity. He made the entire process as painless as possible. I would recommend Jim Sharon to anyone in the need of an attorney.”

~ Divorce Client

“Jim Sharon Bearden is one of the most down to earth lawyers I’ve ever known. He and his staff are very caring and compassionate. They have a friendly Southeast Texas attitude and smile every time you walk in the door. Jim actually had to deal with Colorado laws to help me with my case. He did a fabulous job and I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve known Jim for quite some time, but this is the first time he actually represented me. I would recommend Jim to anyone, friends or family.”

~ Car Accident Client


Continuing A Reputation
For Legal Excellence

It’s unfortunate, but many people believe that living in a small town means you have to go to the “big city” to find a lawyer when you need to resolve a serious legal matter. This is a mistake for two reasons. First, it is absolutely critical to hire an Orange County lawyer who is familiar with the court, judges, and other attorneys in Orange, Texas. Second, if you choose to retain a big city firm, the lawyer you meet with or originally contact will never do any significant work on your behalf. The result is representation that may not take the trends in your jurisdiction into account or may only receive attention from an inexperienced associate attorney.

Jim Sharon Bearden, Jr., principal attorney at The Bearden Law Firm, was born and raised in Orange, Texas. He has 23 years of legal experience, including work at larger law firms, and also currently serves as the judge of the Municipal Court of Orange. He has been recognized as a Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney, a Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a Top Rated attorney by Avvo, Top 1% Most Honored Professionals, and was listed in the Top Ten Attorneys Under 40. Jim Sharon was recently voted the Best Attorney in Orange, Texas by the Orange Leader Reader’s Choice awards.

His father, Jim Sharon Bearden, Sr., is well known in both the legal and general community of Orange. Jim, Sr., has served as a District Attorney and a judge in the area and has practiced law for more than 40 years. He continues to be associated with The Bearden Law Firm as an of counsel attorney.

Firm Practice Areas

criminal defense
Criminal Defense

The Bearden Law Firm helps those charged with DUI and drug crimes, among others. Attorney Bearden can also help you see if you qualify to have your conviction expunged.

personal injury
Personal Injury

The firm helps clients recover compensation after 18-wheeler accidents, car wrecks and industrial accidents.

family law
Family Law

The Bearden Law Firm provides legal support during divorce, child custody actions, adoptions and more.

hurricane insurance claims
Hurricane Insurance Claims

Tired of the run-around from your insurance company? Attorney Bearden will fight for the maximum compensation due to you for damages wrought by hurricanes.

general law
General Law

Get on the road to a solution! The Bearden Law Firm is prepared to assist you with many types of legal issues, including probate, business litigation and contracts.

Your Case
Is Not Just A Number

The Bearden Law Firm‘s practice encompasses many areas of the law. None of them are “theoretical” to the firm’s primary attorney, Jim Sharon Bearden, Jr. For example, his personal injury representations are deeply impacted by the injuries he suffered as the victim in a double 18-wheeler wreck. (He has fortunately fully recovered.) When he represents criminal defendants facing DUI or drug charges, his focus is on helping them overcome any personal issues with substance abuse, as well as minimize the impact of their arrest on the rest of their lives. As the father of five, Jim Sharon brings an appreciation of how divorce and family law issues impact children, and believes their interests come first in these situations.

Jim Sharon also believes that his clients deserve his full attention from start to finish. He handles all cases personally – you will not be passed off to anyone else. Attorney Bearden also has a reputation as a “straight-shooter.” As your attorney, his job is NOT to tell you what you WANT to hear about your case; his job is to tell you what you NEED to hear, and to collaborate with you on your case so the result is something with which you can live.

To Fight For You