James is a 2000 graduate of the Law School at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was admitted to the practice of law in 2001. He subsequently served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, Erie County, New York, was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of New York. In 2009 he began private practice.

As an attorney, he has earned accolades for his work as both a Prosecutor and defense attorney, achieving results in difficult matters in Courts across Western New York. He is also an instructor with the trial skills academy for the Assigned Counsel Program which provides trial technique guidance to new attorneys in criminal defense.

A leader in the legal community, James Quinn Auricchio is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of New York and is a proud participant in the Assigned Counsel Program for the Erie County Bar Association that provides access to skilled defense attorneys to people of limited financial resources.

James is a native of Orchard Park, and has lived most of his life in Western New York. He is a father and remains active in the community, supporting causes such as Autism awareness and work for the intellectual disabilities, a cause close to his heart.