James has obtained plentiful experience defending clients in commercial and employment litigation in cases ranging from employment discrimination and ERISA disputes to complex antitrust and real estate litigation.  Representing enterprises of various sizes, James has successfully fought for his clients over the past 15 years in matters in which his client’s business was on the line.

In addition, James’ litigation portfolio gives him unique insight when advising employers as to their policies and employment decisions.  He uses that experience daily to advise clients on compliance with federal wage/hour requirements, fair employment practices and anti-harassment statutes, and federal labor laws.

Prior to joining Lloyd Gosselink, James represented clients in business litigation matters and employment law in both Dallas and San Antonio.

  • Practice Areasopen

  • Educationopen

    • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2000)
    • B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin (1997)

  • Professional Licensesopen

    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2000)

  • Representative Experienceopen

    • B. v. Steak N Shake Operations, Inc., No. 380-02686-2012 in the District Court for the 380th Judicial District, Collin County, Texas (obtained summary judgment in a sexual harassment case involving alleged assault by a manager).
    • Verizon Employee Benefits Committee v. Felton, Civil Action No. 3:05-CV-0971-P in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (obtained summary judgment for the pension plan in ERISA overpayment recovery case).
    • FedEx National LTL, Inc. v. Smith Protective Services, Inc. Cause No. 08-13718 in the District Court for the 95th Judicial District, Dallas County, Texas (obtained judgment in favor of plaintiff on breach of security contract claim).

  • Publications & Presentationsopen

    • Author, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting… An Ultra Vires Lawsuit,” The Lone Star Current, October 2016
    • Author, “Shark Bait: Dipping Your Toe Into the Tip Pool,” Restaurant Report, March-April 2007

  • Professional Associations & Membershipsopen

    • State Bar of Texas
    • Admitted to U.S. District Courts for Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

  • Personal Profileopen

    As a lifelong fan of the Texas Rangers, James has grown accustomed to disappointment and melancholy.  Fortunately, he finds solace in his family:  children Max and Sydney along with his wife, Christine (even though she is a Yankee fan).

    To distract him from his baseball disappointments, James enjoys developing new recipes in the kitchen and experimenting with his smoker.