James E. Felman is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA for white-collar criminal defense, non-white-collar criminal defense, and appellate law, in LEADING AMERICAN ATTORNEYS for criminal defense law, in FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE for criminal law, and in FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS for Criminal Defense: White Collar practice. He was awarded the 2006 George C. Carr Memorial Award for excellence in federal practice and distinguished service to the Federal Bar.
Mr. Felman is a graduate of Wake Forest University, B.A. cum laude, 1984, and Duke University, M.A. Phil. and J.D. with high honors (Order of the Coif), 1987, where he was Administrative Editor of The Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems. Following law school, Mr. Felman was a law clerk to Judge Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Felman organized the Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. He was a member of the Practitioners' Advisory Group (PAG) to the Sentencing Commission from 1994 to 2009, served as co-chair of the PAG from 1998 to 2002, and has testified on a variety of topics relating to sentencing law before Congress and the Sentencing Commission.
Mr. Felman is the co-chair of the Sentencing Committee of the ABA and serves on the governing council of the ABA Criminal Justice Section. Mr. Felman is a former President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has been elected to The American Law Institute.