Jim Maloney has more than three decades of experience in commercial trial work representing a diverse group of clients ranging from the legendary oilman and investor T. Boone Pickens to the dating website Match.com. His specialty is not an industry sector or practice area. His specialty is trying cases before juries and judges, arbitrators and mediators.
Jim has successfully represented clients in courtrooms across the nation, including in Texas, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. He has argued cases before the 3rd, 5th and 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. It would be hard to find a type of civil matter that Jim has not encountered. Often, his cases have been highly sensitive, involving larger-than-life personalities.
In the legal community, Jim is most widely recognized for his securities and shareholder litigation work including both the prosecution and defense of hostile offers, and the defense of individual, derivative and class-action claims against business institutions and directors. His representation of companies involved in hostile takeovers began in the 1980s with Mesa Petroleum Co. – including T. Boone Pickens’ landmark court battle with Unocal Corp. – and led to some of the more significant court decisions in corporate legal history. Jim has frequently appeared before the Delaware Court of Chancery where he has defended company transactions under assault by shareholders. His cases have frequently involved the special or conflict committees of boards of directors of corporations or MLPs. Similarly, he has routinely defended clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
But his experience goes far beyond securities and boardroom work. Jim has tried and managed cases in virtually every business sector and practice area including:
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Trade secrets
- Non-compete agreements
- Trusts and estates
- Health care
- Products liability and personal injury
- Wrongful termination
Jim is listed in the Chambers USA guide to lawyers for his securities litigation work in Texas, and has been lauded by his peers in that publication for his legal strategy. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2001, which in 2013 honored him with the Lawyer of the Year award for Houston. He has been recognized as a Local Litigation Star in Texas by Benchmark Litigation from 2013 to 2015, and is on the Legal 500’s list of recommended lawyers for securities litigation. Jim has made the list of Texas Super Lawyers every year since its inception in 2003. In 2016, he was featured in the “Trial Pros” series of Law360. He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.