Member, District 4 Fellow Nominating Committee, Texas Bar Foundation
Sub-Committee Chairman, District 4 Fellow Nominating Committee, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
Life Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
V.P., Co-Founder, Board Member, General Counsel, Hope for ALS
Board Member, West University Little League
James W. Bartlett, Jr.
Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2015
Named a "Top Lawyer" in Houston by Houstonia Magazine in the area of Litigation, 2013-Present
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2005-2011 (AV®) and 2011-Present (AV® Preeminent™)
10.0/10.0 "Superb" rating in litigation by Avvo, 2009-Present
Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in litigation, Texas Monthly magazine, 2007
Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston award, presented by the Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2005
President’s Award for Outstanding Service to HYLA, 2001-2002
President’s Award for Outstanding HYLA Committee Chair, 1999-2000
Outstanding Male Graduate Award, South Texas College of Law, 1995
Dean’s Outstanding Student Advocate Award, South Texas College of Law, 1995
For over 19 years, including 9 years as a partner in a national Am Law 200 firm, Jim has successfully represented numerous corporations and individuals in complex litigation matters throughout and outside the United States, including corporate transactions litigation, civil RICO litigation, commercial litigation, securities litigation, products liability litigation, regulatory litigation, defamation litigation, class action litigation, and employment litigation, among others.
Jim has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating—the highest peer review rating—by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a former recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston award.
Jim received his law degree from South Texas College of Law, where he served on the Law Review. He was also a member of numerous varsity moot court and mock trial teams, winning tournaments at the regional and national levels, and receiving Best Individual Oral Advocate honors at the TYLA State Moot Court Competition.
The Trustee of the Shareholders’ Trust and Creditors’ Trust of a bankrupt biometric security technology company as plaintiff in two lawsuits relating to alleged malfeasance by the company’s former management and securities brokers concerning self-dealing with corporate funds, bribery of foreign officials, and misleading marketing and sale of the company’s securities, among other claims.
CEO of a major natural gas pipeline company, as defendant in suits brought in Delaware and Texas by shareholders alleging, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with negotiations relating to the company’s multibillion dollar merger.
The subsidiary of a major natural gas pipeline company, as plaintiff in an action brought in Delaware against a major energy corporation and its subsidiary (“Defendants”) seeking a declaratory judgment that the Defendants did not have a right of first refusal to pipeline assets included in a multibillion dollar merger.
A major natural gas pipeline company, as defendant in a Delaware action relating to claims brought by a major energy corporation (“Third-Party Plaintiff”) that: (i) the Third-Party Plaintiff was entitled to a right of first refusal to key assets involved in the merger of the client with a subsidiary of another major energy corporation; and (ii) the client was liable to the Third-Party Plaintiff for alleged breach of a capital stock agreement and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in connection with the merger.
A major natural gas pipeline operator, as plaintiff in a products liability action seeking millions of dollars in damages from the manufacturer of components used in a pipeline expansion project which the client contended were defective. Obtained a confidential settlement.
A major chemicals and plastics corporation manufacturer, as defendant in a suit brought in federal court in Houston, Texas alleging violations of civil RICO and numerous common law torts and seeking billions of dollars in damages. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice of all of plaintiffs’ claims and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Approximately 1,300 underground coal miners, as plaintiffs in a consolidated product liability action for respiratory injuries alleged to have been caused by their exposures to isocyanate-containing products.
A major chemicals and plastics manufacturer, as defendant in a suit asserting federal and state claims of alleged unlawful discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and defamation. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice of all of plaintiff’s claims and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
A global marketing agency, as plaintiff in a suit to recoup several hundred thousand dollars in fees relating to the client's creation of an advertising campaign for a major petrochemical company. Obtained a settlement constituting the full amount of the outstanding fees plus attorneys’ fees.
A major residential and commercial flooring products company, as defendant in a suit asserting nationwide class action tort and statutory claims relating to alleged product defects. Obtained a final judgment denying class certification, effectively terminating the case.
A major chemical and plastics manufacturers, as defendants in a suit asserting nationwide class action claims relating to alleged violations of the Lanham Act, civil RICO, and common law torts. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice of all of plaintiffs’ claims and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
A major chemical and plastics corporation, as plaintiff in an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court for contribution and indemnity against a manufacturer of plastic plumbing. Obtained a confidential settlement.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1999
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1999
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2013
South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1995)
Assistant Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
Outstanding Male Graduate Award
Dean's Outstanding Student Advocate Award
National Order of Barristers
Phi Delta Phi
University of Houston (B.A. 1992)
Summit Props. v. CNA Holdings, 214 F.3d 556 (5th Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 1132 (2001)
Richard v. Hoechst Celanese Chem. Group, 355 F.3d 345 (5th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 125 S. Ct. 46 (2004)
Garrett v. Celanese Corp., No 03-11033, 2004 WL 1418772 (5th Cir. June 22, 2004)