Below is a sampling of representative cases Jim has handled.
Representing a group of former officers and directors of a “ software as a service” or “SaaS” company in an action alleging claims pursuant to Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 arising out of a secondary offering brought by the Trustee of the bankrupt firm’s liquidation trust.
Successfully represented a major civil construction company in an SEC enforcement action.
Representing the City of Houston in its constitutional challenges to Texas’ SB4, the “Sanctuary Cities Bill.”
Representing a major civil construction company in a series of retaliatory firing actions pursuant to the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act brought by former officers of a subsidiary.
Represented a major international oil and gas exploration company in an arbitration and related litigation against a major offshore drilling rig contractor and its lessee regarding the termination for cause of an assignment of an offshore drilling rig in Africa and associated drilling services.
Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company against various state challenges related to its acquisition of a global eye care products company; cases were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation proceeding and ultimately dismissed.
Defended the former directors of a publicly traded, worldwide automotive consumer products company in a three-week trial of a class-action suit over the sale of the company and allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, which resulted in a jury verdict for the defendant directors and a finding of zero damages.
Represented a committee of independent directors of an independent oil and gas producer and operator in a trial of majority/minority takeover by an international vertically integrated oil company, in which the committee was dismissed upon the conclusion of the trial.
Defended a major international oil company in a wrongful termination/FCPA whistleblower jury trial, which resulted in a verdict for the defense.
Obtained summary judgment (state court) and dismissals with prejudice (federal court) of multiple putative class actions against a major online dating service.
Defended a domestic energy delivery company and its benefits committee in an ERISA class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and imprudent investment in connection with its offering a company stock fund as a 401(k) option to employees; achieved a summary judgment, affirmed by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for the defense.
Represented dozens of special and conflicts committees of boards of directors for publicly traded companies and master limited partnerships in state and federal courts in Delaware and Texas.
Represented a publicly traded, worldwide automotive consumer products company in multiple matters, including securities claims, derivative actions, challenges to acquisitions/divestitures and Lanham Act cases.
Represented an industrial conglomerate in trade secret litigation.
Represented a mining company in its multibillion-dollar sale and defended it against multiple challenges in Texas and Arkansas state and federal courts.
Represented a major electricity provider in multiple securities and derivative actions.
Represented a cable television provider in an antitrust suit over an acquisition.
Represented a chemical company in various securities matters, commercial disputes and trade secret litigation.
Represented a major chemical company in various commercial matters.
Represented the corporate operator of hospitals and health systems in qui tam actions, tax disputes and other commercial litigation.