Founder and President of Judge Public Relations, James Judge, is an award winning public relations expert, former journalist and decorated war veteran.
As a journalist, James honed his skills working on-air at Clear Channel Radio in Tampa, Fla., and for television news at the ABC affiliate, WCJB, in Gainesville, Fla.
In addition to a journalism background, James served in the United States Coast Guard from 2003 to 2007 and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005.
Following his assignment to Iraq, James was selected to serve as a public affairs specialist for the Coast Guard in Miami, handling major stories that received national attention including the four murders aboard the vessel Joe Cool, Super Bowl XLI, the crash of Chalks Airlines Flight 101, the fire aboard the cruise ship Star Princess, and two suspected terrorism incidents at the Port of Miami.
He also worked on President George W. Bush’s media advance team during the president’s 2006 visit to the Port of Miami.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, James worked for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a public affairs specialist, responsible for most of the state of Florida.
In 2010, James was asked by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to deploy to Afghanistan. He was responsible for running the press desk and handling media relations and marketing for NATO at the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command under General David Petraeus and General David Rodriguez.
From 2010 to 2011, he oversaw a majority of the media interaction regarding operations for the war in Afghanistan.
In addition to his experience of working with the government, James has consulted on and managed public and media relations efforts for athletes, attorneys, authors, celebrities, doctors, insurance agencies, musicians, non-profit organizations and a national veterinary organization.
James is a graduate of Eckerd College with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a focus on Media and Communications.