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James Luster

Criminal Defense Lawyer

James Luster is a partner at the Cofer Luster Law Firm. James is a former prosecutor in the Lubbock and Tarrant County District Attorney’s Offices, he was lead counsel on cases ranging from simple assault to Aggravated Robbery and Murder. James has handled thousands of cases, including both juvenile and adult, misdemeanors, and felonies.



About James Luster

As an Assistant District Attorney, James prosecuted cases as part of the Family Violence Special Unit. After gaining trial experience as a prosecutor, James became a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Worth, TX. He is battle-tested and provides his clients with calm, confident, and effective representation. His representation is set apart from other lawyers in Texas in his earnest commitment to winning the case from the very first moment he meets his client. Meet with James to talk about the first steps to building your best defense at the Cofer Luster Law Firm. You will know that James is truly on your side, and when it counts.


James was inspired to become a lawyer while earning his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University. His inspiration came in part from presentations by attorneys working for International Justice Mission. He was impressed by IJM’s ability to work through legal avenues to help rescue some of the most vulnerable people on earth and battle systems of oppression worldwide. Today, James is able to fulfill his passion for helping others by representing citizens accused and giving hope to those who feel like all hope is lost. As a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth, TX, James Luster is able to represent and defend those who feel all hope is gone.



University of Houston School of Law | Doctor of Jurisprudence

James earned his law degree from the University of Houston School of Law. While in law school, James began developing his trial skills through participation in mock trial competition. James was also a member of the Christian Legal Society, The Advocates, and the Student Bar Association. During his third year of law school, he completed an internship with the Harris County District Attorney’s office. This internship gave him direct exposure to the practice of criminal law. Here, he was given the opportunity to review, prepare, and even take cases to jury trial.


Abilene Christian University | Bachelor of Business Administration

James earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Abilene Christian University. In addition to the decision-making and financial management education that comes with a business degree, he received training in effective presentation and communication skills. James graduated magna cum laude and earned several awards at ACU, including the Servant Leader Award.



Partner | Cofer Luster Law Firm, P.C. | 2018 – present

James partnered with his trusted friend and colleague Cody Cofer to found the Cofer Luster Law Firm. The two criminal trial lawyers met at the beginning of their careers at a training event commonly called “Baby Prosecutor School.” At the time, Cody was a prosecutor in Henderson County and James a prosecutor in Lubbock. As they matured as lawyers, first as prosecutors and then as defense attorneys, they remained close and realized they had shared values and complementing styles. Now they have teamed up to create a rock-solid criminal defense for those facing criminal charges.


Managing Partner | Luster Law Firm, PLLC | 2014 – 2018

After six years as a prosecutor, James left the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office to begin private law practice. Within weeks of opening his own firm, James was able to use the extensive criminal law knowledge he gained as a prosecutor to begin securing dismissals and other favorable outcomes for several of his clients. His reputation as a skilled trial attorney quickly led to other lawyers requesting his assistance in their trials. In addition to his trial experience as a prosecutor, James has been able to take several cases to jury trial as a criminal defense attorney and has been happy to be able to help secure “not guilty” verdicts for his own clients as well as those of other attorneys he has assisted.


Assistant Criminal District Attorney | Tarrant County | 2009-2014

When James began his legal career, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office enjoyed a reputation throughout the state as being the best prosecutor’s office in Texas. Law students, private practice attorneys, and prosecutors from other offices were all competing for jobs at the Tarrant County DA’s office. James was able to earn a position as a prosecutor at the office and immediately began building upon his criminal law and trial experience. As is true for all new attorneys, James was first assigned to the misdemeanor division where he was responsible for prosecuting DWIsmarijuana possession casesassaults, and all other types of misdemeanors. In this role, James became extremely well versed in DWI law, prosecuting over a thousand of them and trying dozens to a jury. James was then promoted to the felony division, where he prosecuted and tried all sorts of felony cases, including everything from possession of small amounts of drugs all the way up to continuous sexual abuse of a child and murder. James also spent time in the Family Violence Unit of the DA’s office. During this time, James exclusively handled family violence assaults and related cases. Here, he was able to gain unique experience and hone his skills in trying domestic assault cases to juries. He also learned to spot the “red flags” associated with false assault allegations.


Assistant Criminal District Attorney | Lubbock County | 2009

During his time as a prosecutor in Lubbock County, James was assigned to the juvenile division of the DA’s office. This allowed him the opportunity to handle all types of cases, including serious felonies, starting his first day as a prosecutor. James also gained valuable courtroom experience, participating in several detention and adjudication hearings every week.



James is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Cofer Luster Law Firm

Cofer Luster Law Firm PC is a team of criminal defense attorneys dedicated to providing the highest quality representation in state and federal criminal charges, including assault family violence, DWI, indecency with a child, and white collar fraud.

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Cody Cofer

Criminal Defense Lawyer

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James Luster

Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Daniel Collins

Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Pamela Boggess

Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Wes Ball

Criminal Defense Lawyer - Of Counsel

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Demetrice M. Lopez

Criminal Defense Lawyer - Of Counsel

What Our Clients Say

Clients notice the difference between Cofer Luster Law Firm and other criminal defense lawyers because of our nonjudgmental, informed, down-to-earth, and results-oriented approach. Dedicated to delivering consistently excellent results for each of our clients. We don’t rest on our prior triumphs; we come to work every day with the motivation and enthusiasm to fight for our clients. Contact us immediately and let us fight for you.

Cofer Luster Law Firm
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Astha BudhathokiAstha Budhathoki
19:34 18 Sep 23
Mr Daniel Colins’s service felt very personal vs feeling like a paid service. He attened to my senseless/sensible questions with no judgement, when I couldn’t establish communication with him his teammate Mr James Luster would step in and be at my service, and in absense of both Miss Racheal made sure to relay informations to and forth.This definitely is a place anyone should/want to work with to ease their consequences.I did have a favorful outcome for me but even if it was otherwise I would give the team 5 stars for the amazing service alone.
Jennifer HofmanJennifer Hofman
23:38 17 Sep 23
Great staff; caring, responsive, and competent. We could not have had better representation.
Jimmy PickrellJimmy Pickrell
12:51 17 Sep 23
So far my lawyers have been pretty impressive. Lawyers are expensive, good ones are worth the money.
Jr. NavarreteJr. Navarrete
00:22 14 Jul 23
Ron DavidsonRon Davidson
14:51 10 Jul 23
Adrian SerranoAdrian Serrano
01:25 29 May 23
Met with the entire team in person, which is highly important. After firing my old attorneys from Fort Worth, I was referred to these attorneys by a highly regarded friend. These guys are the real deal. They hire PI’s and every specialist to ensure that you are taken care of and proven innocent. Come in with a clean heart, they are experts at their job! Have as much evidence and facts as you can to assist them. Daniel, Pamela and Cody and James are the best of the best!
Ben VidaurreBen Vidaurre
20:55 28 Apr 23
Cody, James, and MorganOutstanding legal representation you provided me during my recent court case. Your expertise, dedication and hard work were instrumental in securing a favorable outcome, and I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done.From the very beginning, you took the time to listen to my concerns, answer my questions and provide me with the guidance and reassurance I needed to get through this difficult time. You demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism throughout the entire process, keeping me informed of all developments and working tirelessly to ensure that my rights were protected. Your skill and experience as a legal professional were evident in the way you presented my case in court. Your arguments were well-researched, clear and concise, and your ability to anticipate the opposing counsel's arguments was impressive. I was amazed at the way you were able to navigate the complex legal system and use your knowledge of the law to my advantage. Thanks to your hard work, the judge ruled in my favor, and I am now able to move forward with my life with a sense of peace and closure. I know that I could not have achieved this outcome without your help and support. I will always be grateful for your exceptional legal representation and your unwavering commitment to justice.
Stefan FensterStefan Fenster
20:43 20 Apr 23
Pam, Dan and team did everything they promised and more. Communication was timely and complete. I always knew what was going on and everything happened as they communicated it would. I highly recommend them if you are in need.