James enjoys a diverse practice of oil and gas cases and related transactional and regulatory work, business cases and transactional work, real-estate and contract disputes, and close-corporation and shareholder-oppression cases. Apart from his business expertise, he has handled many tort cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury. He has significant trial, appellate and transactional experience and is a sought-after legal and business educational speaker. Click here for a sampling of his speeches and publications.
James was born, raised and educated in Texas. Before practicing law in Dallas, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Trinity University in San Antonio and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he served as an Editor on the Texas Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. Following law school, James worked as a judicial clerk for The Texas Supreme Court, for Associate Justice Nathan Hecht, who is now Chief Justice and is the longest-serving Justice in the history of the Court.
James is an active member of several professional associations, including AAJ and the Dallas Bar Association. He is chair of the AAJ’s Oil and Gas Litigation Section, which he formed. For the University of Texas System, he is member of the Chancellor’s Council, the 1881 Society, and the Ashbel Smith Circle. He serves on the Dallas Steering Committee for the University of Texas School of Law.
In addition to his law practice, James operates Robur LLC, an oil and gas first purchaser and marketer. He also manages Robur Capital, L.P., a value-investing style investment partnership. James's concurrent focus on his business activities and his commercial law practice gives him a unique, superior viewpoint on his clients' legal needs and solutions therefor.