James E. Johanns

James E. Johanns


  • Commercial Litigation

James Johanns' primary emphasis is commercial litigation, including contract, trademark and environmental liability issues. He has experience successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate level in the state and federal courts of Texas. Notably, James was a key member of the firm's trial team in the successful defense of Halliburton in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout (Deepwater Horizon) in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the United States. Prior to beginning his private practice, James served as the law clerk to Justice Susan Larsen of the Texas Court of Appeals-Eighth Judicial District in El Paso after graduation from law school.

Reflecting the excellence of his legal practice, James has been selected multiple times to the list of Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, honoring the top young attorneys in the state.

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  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    Commercial Litigation

    • Represents clients in a variety of business litigation disputes, including those involving fraud, contracts, environmental liability matters and trademark infringement
    • Advocates on behalf of both trial and appellate levels on behalf of clients
  • Honors & Awards

    Honors & Awards

    • 3-time selection to the list of Thomson Reuters' "Texas Rising Stars" as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition) magazines, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Admitted Practice

    Admitted Practice

    • State Courts of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Member


    • DAYL Foundation, Life Fellow
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Education


    • Law Clerk, Justice Susan Larsen, Texas Court of Appeals-Eighth Judicial District, El Paso (2002-2003)
    • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2002)
    • Texas International Law Journal, Articles and Notes Editor
    • Indiana University (B.A., 1994)
  • Community


    • Dallas Museum of Art, Member
    • Nasher Sculpture Center, Member