James Leader, Jr.
1001 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77002
James is a commercial litigator who has worked with an array of clients on disputes in federal and state court as well as in private arbitration. He has also assisted public and privately-held clients with internal and governmental investigations.
James has sought out and obtained a diverse set of litigation experiences, from briefing questions of constitutional law before federal appellate courts to spearheading the discovery effort in a nine-figure civil matter. James has worked as lead counsel in multiple matters before Texas state courts and has litigated and arbitrated a range of commercial cases involving constitutional rights, antitrust, merger disputes, tax issues, class actions, oil and gas royalty disputes, and environmental and legacy liability issues.
As part of the volunteer prosecutor program for the City of Houston, James first-chaired multiple jury trials to verdict. At the firm, James has been involved with and served on the Recruiting and Associate Advisory Committees.
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2012
- Georgetown University, B.A., History (Honors) and Political Economy cum laude, 2009
- The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” 2021
- Chair of the HBA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section (2017-2018)
- Southern District of Texas
- Western District of Texas
- Fifth and Tenth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
- Rankings & AwardsAugust 20, 2020
- V&E+April 23, 2020
- Deals & CasesNovember 27, 2018
- “Tenth Circuit’s Grynberg Decision Gives Clarity in Determining Citizenship of MLPs,” V&E Energy Series E-communication, November 9, 2015 (co-author)