Jim Taylor
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Jim Taylor

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After a clerkship with Judge Sam Johnson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Jim Taylor began his private practice representing a wide variety of business clients.  He excels in synthesizing large amounts of information, simplifying disputes, and presenting his client’s position in a compelling way for judges and juries.  He has broad experience evaluating claims and prosecuting a wide variety of cases, including oil and gas litigation, legal and accounting malpractice, patent and intellectual property litigation, products liability and general business litigation.  Jim serves as an elder in his church and is very active in his community.

Represented a small oil and gas company in a claim against a large oil and gas producer in a case involving breach of a confidentiality agreement. Conducted virtually all pre-trial activities including drafting all pretrial motions, taking and presenting all fact witness depositions, and locating and preparing expert witnesses.  Participated significantly at trial preparing arguments and all witness examinations, presenting witnesses and arguing motions.  The Firm obtained a verdict for $140 million.  The case was subsequently settled on appeal. 

Represented a mid-size law firm in a professional liability action arising out of an estate estimated at over $1 billion.  Primarily responsible for all pretrial activities in this high-profile and sprawling case that featured scores of depositions and a record amount of court filings.  The case had significant media attention because of the presence of the widow, Anna Nicole Smith.  Tried the case with David Beck in a trial that lasted over five months.  Prepared trial briefs and argued motions.  The Firm obtained a directed verdict on behalf of the client.

Represented a national accounting firm in a legal malpractice action. Primarily responsible for all pretrial activities and motion practice.  Participated significantly in trial preparing arguments, presented witnesses and arguing motions.  The Firm obtained a jury verdict and a judgment of no liability and no damages.

Assisted in the Representation of oil field services client in the Deepwater Horizon Litigation.  Responsible for the removal of scores of state law cases to federal court, responding to any remand motions, and shepherding cases into the MDL court.  Also involved in substantial briefing on issues relating to jurisdiction, preemption, choice of law, and various other issues.  Participated in numerous depositions.

Assisted in the representation of a large home insurance company in a class action against claims for several hundred million dollars.  Participated in successful efforts to amend governing statute in favor of client’s position, performing all necessary research, drafting new statutory language, and working with lobbyists.

 Represented a major software company in a claim against a customer arising out of the design and implementation of custom software. Primarily responsible for pre-arbitration discovery and motion practice.  Participated in arbitration preparing witness for examination and presenting arguments. The Firm obtained an arbitration award of over $2 million.

Represented telecommunications company in patent litigation.  Involved in pretrial discovery, claim construction briefing and hearing, and motion practice.  Participated in trial preparing arguments and preparing witnesses for examination and arguing motions.

Represented computer chip manufacturer in patent litigation.  Involved in pretrial discovery, claim construction briefing and hearing, and motion practice.  Participated in trial preparing arguments and preparing witnesses for examination and arguing motions.

Assisted in Representation of a major chemical supplier in an international arbitration in a claim against the Firm’s client of over $100 million.  Prepared witness for examinations, performed substantial briefing activities, and participated in the arbitration.

Represented a major oil & gas company against claims of sexual harassment. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client terminating all claims.

Represented various clients in securities-fraud class-action cases and derivative litigation.

Representative Experience

Represented a small oil and gas company in a claim against a large oil and gas producer in a case involving breach of a confidentiality agreement. Conducted virtually all pre-trial activities including drafting all pretrial motions, taking and presenting all fact witness depositions, and locating and preparing expert witnesses.  Participated significantly at trial preparing arguments and all witness examinations, presenting witnesses and arguing motions.  The Firm obtained a verdict for $140 million.  The case was subsequently settled on appeal. 

Represented a mid-size law firm in a professional liability action arising out of an estate estimated at over $1 billion.  Primarily responsible for all pretrial activities in this high-profile and sprawling case that featured scores of depositions and a record amount of court filings.  The case had significant media attention because of the presence of the widow, Anna Nicole Smith.  Tried the case with David Beck in a trial that lasted over five months.  Prepared trial briefs and argued motions.  The Firm obtained a directed verdict on behalf of the client.

Represented a national accounting firm in a legal malpractice action. Primarily responsible for all pretrial activities and motion practice.  Participated significantly in trial preparing arguments, presented witnesses and arguing motions.  The Firm obtained a jury verdict and a judgment of no liability and no damages.

Assisted in the Representation of oil field services client in the Deepwater Horizon Litigation.  Responsible for the removal of scores of state law cases to federal court, responding to any remand motions, and shepherding cases into the MDL court.  Also involved in substantial briefing on issues relating to jurisdiction, preemption, choice of law, and various other issues.  Participated in numerous depositions.

Assisted in the representation of a large home insurance company in a class action against claims for several hundred million dollars.  Participated in successful efforts to amend governing statute in favor of client’s position, performing all necessary research, drafting new statutory language, and working with lobbyists.

 Represented a major software company in a claim against a customer arising out of the design and implementation of custom software. Primarily responsible for pre-arbitration discovery and motion practice.  Participated in arbitration preparing witness for examination and presenting arguments. The Firm obtained an arbitration award of over $2 million.

Represented telecommunications company in patent litigation.  Involved in pretrial discovery, claim construction briefing and hearing, and motion practice.  Participated in trial preparing arguments and preparing witnesses for examination and arguing motions.

Represented computer chip manufacturer in patent litigation.  Involved in pretrial discovery, claim construction briefing and hearing, and motion practice.  Participated in trial preparing arguments and preparing witnesses for examination and arguing motions.

Assisted in Representation of a major chemical supplier in an international arbitration in a claim against the Firm’s client of over $100 million.  Prepared witness for examinations, performed substantial briefing activities, and participated in the arbitration.

Represented a major oil & gas company against claims of sexual harassment. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client terminating all claims.

Represented various clients in securities-fraud class-action cases and derivative litigation.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

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Publications and Presentations

Note, Reservations on Tribal Sovereignty: How United States v. Lara Will Affect Indians, Tribes, and the Fight to Regain Independence, 43 Hous. L. Rev. 527 (2006).

Education

J.D., South Texas College of Law, Summa Cum Laude, 1993

B.A., Abilene Christian University, Summa Cum Laude, History, 1989