Jim Maloney’s expertise is trial work – the resolution of disputes – by trial or arbitration. Jim has the experience, knowledge and skill to manage and try a case in any business sector and in virtually every practice area at a time when the quality of lawyering in civil courtrooms has dramatically declined. That same experience and reputation are invaluable in the resolution of cases calling for early disposition.
Educated at Yale and the Harvard Law School, Jim began his career at Baker Botts, LLP, where he spent 35 years developing and sharpening the courtroom skills that have won him praise from peers and competitors alike. He has represented leading business executives, company directors and major corporations with a client list that has included BP, Shell Oil Company, Pennzoil-Quaker-State, Reliant Energy and its predecessors, Match.com, Novartis, Lyondell Chemical Company, Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Ford Motor Company, Bridgestone-Firestone and the iconic oilman and investor, T. Boone Pickens. When he left Baker Botts in 2012, Jim headed the firm’s securities litigation section and had also served as the longtime chair of the Firm’s employment committee.
More recently, Jim was a senior partner at Andrews Kurth, now Hunton Andrews Kurth, where his clients included BP, multiple master limited partnerships, and both special and conflicts’ committees of boards of directors of both public companies and publicly traded master limited partnerships.
In 2016, Jim started his own firm which has been recognized as a Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers in America every year since its inception. Jim continues to represent defendants in securities matters, to handle commercial matters of all sorts for both plaintiffs and defendants, to appear before the SEC on enforcement matters, and to engage in a broader pro bono practice than was possible earlier in his career. He is also available to assist in or to take over ongoing cases, and to handle the mediation or arbitration of interesting matters.
Over more than 40 years of practice, Jim has tried in excess of 100 cases to jury and bench verdicts and managed thousands of others to successful resolution.