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James Hatchitt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Howry, Breen & Herman, L.L.P.
1900 Pearl Street
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512-474-7300
Fax: 512-474-8557
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020, 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2010
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (40%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Insurance Coverage (20%)
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Attorney Profile

James Hatchitt is a partner at Howry, Breen & Herman LLP in Austin, Texas. With over a decade of experience helping clients with their legal matters, Mr. Hatchitt focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation issues, insurance claims and personal injury issues. He represents clients throughout the state of Texas with matters, including business torts, contract disputes, fraud, employment law, mass torts and so on. 

Mr. Hatchitt has also taken up many pro bono criminal and immigration cases. He is a fierce and tireless advocate for his clients and has achieved considerable success fighting for their rights and liberties. Mr. Hatchitt has a long record of having obtained verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Prior to joining Howry, Breen & Herman LLP, he was a law clerk in the United States District Court for Northern District of Texas and also practiced at an international law firm. 

Mr. Hatchitt has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he took up the Engineering Route to Business course with finance/accounting and mechanical systems as majors. He graduated cum laude earning his J.D. from Baylor Law School and represented his school at mock trial competitions. Mr. Hatchitt is admitted to practice before the State Bar of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. 

An active contributor in the legal community, Mr. Hatchitt is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and he is a life fellow of the State Bar of Texas and a fellow of the Austin Bar Association.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Hatchitt is an ardent writer and has written an article titled “Arbitrational Decisions Upheld under the FAA” for the American Bar Association. Actively involved in pro bono legal work, he has taken of many cases for clients who are unable to afford legal representation. He has represented many clients through his volunteering at Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a monthly legal clinic.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020, 2022

About James Hatchitt

First Admitted: 2010, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.howrybreen.com/attorneys/james-hatchitt/

Honors/Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers List®, by Thomson Reuters, 2017-2019
  • Selected to Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected to Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Selected to Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Selected to Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Life Fellow for Texas Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2019
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2019
  • Austin Bar Association, Bench/Bar committee member, 2015
  • Austin Bar Association, Law Day committee member, 2015
  • Austin Bar Leadership Academy, selected and completed course, 2015

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor of Business Administration - Engineering Route to Business - Finance/Accounting and Mechanical Systems - Business Block: Finance/Accounting, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Second chair for trial team that secured $13 million verdict product liability verdict against Textron in the Western District of Texas., 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Obtained reversal of $1 million default judgment on a restricted appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.  Client hired us after suffering a default judgment in the trial court., 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Representing a client referred by Volunteer Legal Services, in a lawsuit regarding a fallen tree limb that crushed the client's car while it was parked in an apartment parking lot., 2021
  • Appointed attorney ad litem for respondent in divorce proceedings in Travis County district court, on a pro bono basis.  Located and conferred with client in Honduras and negotiated terms of divorce decree that was later entered by a Travis County district judge., 2020
  • Appointed attorney ad litem for respondent in divorce proceedings in Travis County district court, on a pro bono basis.  Negotiated terms of divorce decree on behalf of absent client, which was later entered by a Travis County district judge., 2019
  • Participated in Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas's monthly legal clinic., 2019
  • Participated in Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas's monthly legal clinic., 2018
  • Participated in Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas's monthly legal clinic., 2017
  • Represented client referred by Volunteer Legal Services in dispute with late spouse's former employer over retirement funds., 2015
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Office Location for James Hatchitt

1900 Pearl Street
Austin, TX 78705

Phone: 512-474-7300

Fax: 512-474-8557

Last Updated: 10/5/2021

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