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July 19, 2014
Jim, you are greatly missed!
June 27, 2013
I learned of Jim's passing fairly recently, but wanted to take the opportunity to thank Jim for being a true and caring friend and to encourage Linda and their beautiful family about the legacy he left. Our paths kept crossing in our 20's from Principia to Austin to Houston. When I started grad school at UT, Jim was already working for a State Representative and became my fierce advocate in helping me land a wonderful legislative research job. I remember dinners together in Austin with our girlfriends, and other dinners in Houston when they had become our wives. Even after we moved back to Austin, we had a few occasions to play some golf and get our kids together when young. The constant for Jim was love, caring, and loyalty for his family and his friends. We miss you, friend.
March 20, 2013
You are a great man Mr.Lindeman..Thank you for standing up for those weak in knowledge,and for giving hope to the familys that you helped,mine being one of them.. God Bless You Jim and all your Loved ones,cause I know God blessed me through you..alvarez
February 05, 2013
It is with much sadness we receive this news. Our sympathies and caring condolences for Jim's beloved family. Peace be yours, and may you find comfort in memories of good times shared.
January 22, 2013
You will be missed greatly..rest in peace.
January 22, 2013
I am shocked and beyond saddened to recently learn of Jim's passing. He was my dear friend and long time confidant. He always had the ability to make me laugh. I'll miss our talks forever! I know you're sailing with the angels now my friend......you will be so greatly missed.
November 12, 2012
I sit here stunned at the news I received less than an hour ago, when I casually placed a call to Jim, expecting to speak with him about a case he might offer advice on. Confident that he'd steer me straight, bring me out of the weeds, show me the next best step. I know there must be so many other lawyers who looked to him for expertise,guidance and encouragement. What a terrible terrible loss. Words fail. To the family: may your broken hearts be comforted by wonderful memories. Deepest condolences.
November 04, 2012
Jim was never less than inspiring, quick with a smile and a word of encouragement to any one in need. He will be missed as a mentor, a role model and a friend.
October 21, 2012
My Angel......... I'm in such a mess, couldn't sleep, so I got out the local paper. OMGosh........ My Angel, I would sometimes call Jim, just to say hi & let him know, I Loved him. I'm a grown man telling another non-related Grown man that I loved him, I did & he knew it. You see I made a huge mistake, and Jim was my lawyer. He represented me and let me know, that he Believed in me. I never met a Better Man...... Never Ever..... Jim, my Angel, as I sit here in Tears, of saddness for myself & Joy for You, I want You & Your Family to know...... I love You Jim, William & Shirley Johnson of Houston, Splendora & Liberty
October 18, 2012
Linda, Rosemary and I were so shocked to read about Jim's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we extend our deepest sympathy.
October 17, 2012
What a loss for us all. He will be greatly missed. We will keep the faimily in our prayers and thoughts.
October 17, 2012
The gift of death to the living is that in tearing the world, death reveals the proper weight of things. It shows us what matters and what doesn't, what is worth caring about and what isn't. In death there is a purification, a washing away, and under this aspect a lightness. Love is what remains: it is now, was then and will continue.

As Katy's boyfriend I was apprehensive when I first met Jim. In retrospect, of course, I had no reason to be. He welcomed me into his family without reservation—really, not just me, but my whole family. He was delighted to have us and spend time with us. At first I didn't know what to make of this unreserved loving warmth. After a while I understood that was just who Jim was. The love Jim had for his family, although concentrated there, reached out far beyond it. He was beneficent to those who needed his beneficence.

Rest in peace Jim. Your love works on.
October 16, 2012
Jim was a great person and a fine attorney. We are so proud that he was an alumnus of University of Houston Law Center where he will be missed.
October 15, 2012
Dear Lindeman family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was my attorney for several years. He was a great man, husband and father. He will be sorely missed by all of us. I am grateful to have been fortunate to have him as an attorney. God Bless your family.
October 15, 2012
Linda and Jim Lindeman
October 15, 2012
Jim was an incredible role model and a true gentleman. He made a huge impact on my life and I'll always be grateful to him for all that he taught me.

Jim will be missed greatly. Please accept my (and my family's) deepest sympathies.
October 13, 2012
Jimmy, as I knew him thru junior high and Austin High School, was always a man of highest integrity and solid moral character. I always knew Jim would make a positive impact in the world, and from reading the memorials it's clear he touched many lives with his positive spirit. His infectious smile lit up a room and the few times I visited with Jim at AHS reunions, it was as if we never lost track of one another, inspite of the long intervals since childhood birthday parties and between high school reunions. I never, ever heard him say an unkind word about anyone. My deepest condolences to his dear family for your loss. Be comforted by knowing that his memory will live on in everyone who was fortunate to know him. Rest in Peace, Jimmy, you will be missed, but your spirit will live on in all of us.
October 12, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
October 11, 2012


“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

? Helen Keller


Jim, Jim, - My former supervisor in Major fraud, prosecutorial, colleague and My FRIEND!

The Jim Lindeman I knew never stopped to catch his breath. He prepared for trial like a man on fire. He gave - whatever was in front of him - his ALL. To be involved with preparing for trial with Jim, however, was more than a little nerve wracking. His office was a mess, his desk was made of loose papers, yellow sticky notes, and brown and white file boxes littered every inch of floor and wall space – inside and outside his office. But ALL things had their own place THERE in those spaces, and inside Jim's mind - that only HE knew made perfect sense. In trial he truly had a REAL, Beautiful Mind!

I always told him to his face: "Jim, TOMORROW is the trial, how are we going to___________________? Jim: "Oh it will work out". Me: After Trial: Man, you are like the master chief, your kitchen looks like hell before during and after you do whatever it is you do, but that verdict says it all: "A superb Masterpiece". Me: “Jim? Jim? Where did you go damn it, don't you want to talk to the jury?” He's gone - gone to get ready on another trial. Or gone to catch that late night flight to St. Louis where his family lived for a while as he commuted back and forth. Jim was also a father and husband.

He was private but always had time for others - Yet - always on the move. A human hummingbird - with heart and head always on the move in search of another battle to be fought for someone else. Always, in search of more time to do what was right, or help someone, or be missed. He always seemed to disappear until the last call, yet never late for the most important of matters.

Jim? Where are you? Does anyone know where Jim is? When did you get here…I never saw you walk in – the jury is just about to be called out.

I'm sorry friend, for US. It is not for me to question anyone's - as they say - untimely death - but I most humbly state: Yours was........Untimely, to me anyway - in human standards I guess. You were the 19th Century gentleman in the 21st Century human vessel. Always, always, a man of your word, and your handshake was your bond. In short you were a very, very LOYAL friend.

There is not enough space here to write more - even though there is - more. I just wish for your family, friends, and your clients, WE, all had more time with you NOW. God Bless You Jim. Jim...? He's gone again. Will someone please go find Jim? Where are you friend?

Oh... there you are………almost didn't see you come back in.

Your friend Always - Larry
October 11, 2012
Rest in peace, Jim!
October 11, 2012
Jim was president of our college student body. He defeated me by only two dozen votes. I couldn't lost to a better man, a better human being. His life enriched many, including his fellow Principians.
October 11, 2012
Our prayers go out the Lindeman family & friends! Rest in peace, Jim!
October 11, 2012
I knew Jim quite...he was and a GOOD SOUL...always very generous,and helpful with any issue that I presented he with...whether spiritual or legal....He has a very GOOD memory with me ..and family...
October 11, 2012
Jimmy, as he will always be to me, is the friend I've known the longest. Although we met in our high school years when my family moved to Austin, Jimmy is both the closest I have to a childhood friend and is one of the dearest friends ever. We shared so many significant experiences, including that first trip to Principia as prospective students as well as the following joy-filled years on that idyllic campus. From Jimmy I learned the importance of being an engaged citizen. It's his voice I channel when I advocate the value of party affiliation. I treasure his kindness, integrity, sense of service, thoughtfulness, and fun. Even in years when careers and moving caused us to loose contact, I always felt the bond of our friendship close at hand. How blessed I am to have Jimmy Lindeman as my childhood and forever friend.
October 11, 2012
Jim was a great boss and even greater mentor. He had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lindeman family.
October 11, 2012
Jim is my lawyer and my friend, thank you kind sir for believing in me, I will miss you and will remember your words of wisdom for the rest of my life, again thank you for helping me,
October 11, 2012
I knew Jim from the courthouse, but got to know him better during his political campaign. Even though we were on opposite sides, I always enjoyed visiting with him. Whenever I saw Jim, he had a smile on his face. He was a good lawyer and I am sure he was equally as good a husband and father. I look forward to seeing him again when I get there.
October 11, 2012
I will always remember your smile and how you were available for a quick word or legal advice. I regret never really telling you how much I appreciated your kindness. You have left a great legacy for your family and for your fellow lawyers. Thank you!
October 11, 2012
DEAR JIM

OH HOW YOU WILL BE MISSED.YOU HAD A WAY OF MAKING ME AND OTHERS BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES.MANY TEARS WILL BE SHED BUT ONLY TO WATER THE SEEDS YOU PLANTED,A CONTEGIOUS SMILE.UNTIL I SEE YOU AGAIN..
ANDY GLENN
October 11, 2012
From: Larry Standley - former prosecutorial colleague: To: The entire Lindeman Family:

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I - and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, -That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Funeral Death Poem by Henry Scott Holland ~ 1847-1918
Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral ~ London. UK
October 10, 2012
Jimmy's passing will be a loss not only to his family but to the world. His view and passion of life was and is one that all of us could follow in our own lives. Jimmy you will be deeply missed beyond words. All our love to You Linda, Katie, Laura, and Stuart.
October 10, 2012
I officed with Jim and he was very kind. He was a man of sterling character and despite all of his accomplishments, was kind and compassionate to all souls. He will be missed. Lynn Messer
October 10, 2012
Longtime friend, confidant and law partner, you fought the good fight and made an impact wherever you went.
The only thing predictable about you was that infectious smile and the love for your family and friends.
A true friend and gentleman, you will be missed by so many.
Until we meet again…
October 10, 2012
Jim's passing is a terrible shock to his oldest friends in Austin. He was always unfailingly warm, kind and good humored and good company. We will miss him and will share in your grief.
October 10, 2012
I worked with Jim at the courthouse for many years. Such a nice person. Always had a smile on his face no matter what was going on. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Jim and may you rest in peace. We will miss you.
October 10, 2012
I've known Jimmy since Casis 2nd grade. I am so so sorry for your loss. What a great guy always! He made this world a better place.
Blessings, Nancy McMillan Higgs
October 10, 2012
The legal community has truly suffered a great loss of a legend, Jim, he will always be remembered for being such a high-spirited influential attorney and his infectious smile. I was honored to have met Jim almost a year ago, standing by my side assuring me things were going to be ok (while constantly running his hand through his hair). May God wrap his loving arms around his family, friends and collegues during this very diffult time and may your wonderful memories of Jim bring you much comfort. Rest in peace, Mr. Lindeman.
October 10, 2012
I was very sorry to hear of Jim's sudden passing. I worked with Jim at the DA's office and it was a pleasure to have known him.

We all had a good time at the office during that time and a large part of that was Jim's humor.

Rest Well Ol' friend and thanks for the memories.
October 09, 2012
What I remember most about Jim is that he always had a great smile and a kind word. He was one of the most honorable men that I have ever met. I will always remember our many talks about 12 Angry Men. The legal system has lost a great advocate. He will be missed by all.
October 09, 2012
I certainly haven't been good at keeping in touch wioth Jim over the years, but have deep love for him all the same. We used to play ongoing Chess games in our dormatory at Principia College, usually with a game going on in each of our rooms. His compassion, incredible sense of humor, and love for having fun will always be with me. He was an accompished broadcaster as well in college; and while not his best work, this audio clip from 1974 will certainly bring a smile:
http://wtpcfm.com/acLindemanNewscast.html
October 09, 2012
I have had the opportunity to work on co-defendant cases with Jim, and I have seen him around the courthouse for many years. He was always very kind and pleasant, and had time to answer questions if I had them. Prayers for his family as they grieve his loss, and I hope that the happy memories with Jim flood to the family quickly.
October 09, 2012
Jim will certainly be missed by all of his "courthouse family". He was an excellent lawyer and even better human being. RIP Jim.
October 09, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Jim at the District Attorney's Office and at the courthouse for a number of years. He was so kind and such a caring person. He always greeted me with a smile. My heart goes out to the family. He will truly be missed. God bless you Jim.
October 09, 2012
Jim was one of the good guys.
October 09, 2012
Jim and I grew up together- Kindergarten through High School. I celebrate his life and the many wonderful memories of him as a friend and classmate. He lived a life of integrity and service. My heart goes out to his family as they grieve his loss. I am so saddened at the news of his death. We will all miss Jimmy.
October 09, 2012
I was so sad when I heard the news. I will always remember Jim attending my Halloween parties during law school as a silent clown. He would stay in character throughout the entire night, never saying a word, despite my extreme efforts to get him out of character. It seems he practiced law the same way, staying committed and gentlemanly regardless of the people and events around him. I was glad I was able to see him at our 30th reunion last year, the only time I saw him since shortly after law school.
October 09, 2012
My mentor, my role model, my good friend - Jim Lindeman was unquestionably one of the best people I have ever known. He was kind to all. A brilliant legal mind who loved his work and his family & friends. I was truly fortunate to know Jim. He will be missed so much. All of the Lindeman family are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 09, 2012
What a shock. Jim was a terrific and kind person.
October 09, 2012
My heart aches at the loss of such a dynamic person. Jim, you were always such a gentleman. I never saw you down. You were always such a beacon of light in an otherwise dismal place. You will be greatly missed. My life was enriched by having the honor of calling you my friend and mentor. Rest in peace, my friend. Rest in peace.
October 09, 2012
Jim was always so kind and thoughtful. He was a pleasure to work with both at the DA's Office and when he went into private practice. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. The world lost a true gentleman.
October 09, 2012
Dearest Linda,
Right now words fail me, but please know that my heart reaches out with affection and care for you and Jim and your children. May you feel God's great love holding you close, comforting you, sustaining you, and tenderly assuring you that He has never left your side -- nor dear Jim's.
October 09, 2012
I had the pleasure to work with Jim in the District Attorney's office. He was always very kind and he had a great smile, my prayers are with all of his family.
October 09, 2012
May God embrace all that loved Jim. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.
October 09, 2012
Jim's death has shocked the community. Although death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Jim was loved by the courthouse community. As a court reporter, he always treated me and my profession with such respect. I will miss him, along with his smile and sense of humor. May God bless his family and friends…
October 09, 2012
Jim was an Angel from Heaven and now he is gone back home. If he had not stuck with my son and believed in his innocence, my son would not be where he is today. He is in line for Officer in the US Navy and has had a remarkable life thanks to Jim..My condolences to Linda and the children as he spoke of you often and loved being a dad just not having the more time part. How much more enriched to us all that we had the time to be with him.
October 09, 2012
I was introduced to Jim by my brother, Mike, back in 1994. I had the pleasure of assisting Jim on some civil cases when he first started his law practice. He was the best criminal attorney I ever met. I always referred any criminial cases I had to Jim. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lindeman family.
October 09, 2012
I served as a juror many years ago. During jury selection, Mr. Lindeman drilled me with several questions and was tough on witnesses during the trial. It was really interesting to see him work. What really stood out was what happened after the trial was over. Mr. Lindeman spoke to the entire jury and actually thanked us for our service one by one. He was sincere and even apologized to me for being so hard on me during jury selection. He was an outstanding professional. My prayers are with the Lindeman Family.
October 09, 2012
Jim was a very nice person and a very polite and grateful tenant here at the Esperson Building where I have worked for 40 years in the management office and have known Jim for many many years. I will miss seeing him around the building. My sympathy to the family and his co-workers.
October 09, 2012
Dear Linda & Family,

I was terribly shocked and saddened when I saw Jim's picture in today's obituary. Jim was indeed a very kind and warm person who always had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for this great loss in your life. May Jim rest in peace in Heaven and may God bless and watch over you and your family.
October 09, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was actually defending a client in the death of my son. Only saw him a few times in court. Never met him, but you could see he was a good man. My heart breaks for your family. I pray Gods peace and comfort will cover you in this awful pain. God bless.
October 09, 2012
When I was coordinating and Jim would come into court, it was like a breath of fresh air. He was always professional, kind and always smiling. He will be missed greatly.
October 09, 2012
Suzy,Carol, and Anne, I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. Jimmy was so kind to come to Mom's funeral and I am praying for you. I know you must be missing him terribly. I am thankful for the memories with your family and the pictures Aunt Suzy has shared with me.
October 09, 2012
Dear family and friends of Jim,

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
October 09, 2012
A true Gentleman.
October 09, 2012
jim will me sorely missed at the courthouse. i am sorry for your loss he was true gentleman and professional. i had the honor of working with him at the courthouse. ..
October 09, 2012
my deepest sympathy to jim's family i had the honor of working with him at the courthouse for many years. mr. linderman will be missed by so many people.. i am sorry for your loss.
October 09, 2012
Jim was a superb attorney and I will always cherish his support and friendship. Jim was just a great guy. He is and will be missed. To his family - I know that his loss leaves a scar. But know that although his passing leaves a scar, Jim touched other lives in many significant ways. And he truly made the world a better place.
October 09, 2012
A kind, warm and most decent person. I am glad I had the privilege of knowing you.
October 09, 2012
I tried cases against Jim when he was an ADA, and most recently referred a case to him because I knew he would do an outstanding job. He was just a great guy and a great attorney.
October 09, 2012
To the Lindeman Family: Jim was always a gentleman; courteous, kind, and sincere. He leaves a great legacy to all of us who knew him at the DA's Office.

Beth McGregor Richey
October 09, 2012
We are so saddened by Jim's passing. He treated our family with such respect and sincerity. He's firm was filled with persons just like him and we know he will be missed by all. Prayers and condolences to all.
The Long Family
October 09, 2012
I am so sorry - Jim and his wife were at the JRR - supporting the cause. What a sad loss for us all.
October 09, 2012
Like all of Jim's friends, I too am shocked by his passing. He was a trial lawyer's lawyer, but more importantly, was the most damn decent Texas Gentleman I ever met. I'll remember his one liners and that smile for a long time. Like many others I suspect, I became a better person and lawyer through knowing Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Thanks, Jim, for letting us into your life.
October 08, 2012
I am so saddened by Jim's sudden passing. I first met Jim when we worked together as Assistant D.A.'s in the 174th District Court of Harris county way back in the summer of 1982. Jim was the epitome of integrity, dedication and was a total gentlemen. He will certainly be sorely missed by his friends, family and colleagues.
October 08, 2012
A truly wonderful guy who will live in my heart & thoughts for the rest of my life. RIP Jim
October 08, 2012
I had just met with Jim a couple of times as a client. I was so impressed with his general demeanor and kindness, not to mention his strong capability. When I commented on his pretty wife in the picture in his Humble office, he had nothing but glowing things to say about her. I know he will be sadly missed by his wonderful family, and all that knew him.
October 08, 2012
Incredibly kind-hearted, full of good humor, warm, always smiling, and with integrity down to his core, Jim radiated these attributes effortlessly and was a pleasure to know through church. Much, much love to his dear family.
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