R. James George, Jr.

R. James George, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

George Brothers Kincaid & Horton, L.L.P.
 | 1100 Norwood Tower, 114 West 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-495-1410
Fax: 512-499-0094
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

In a stellar legal career that spans more than 40 years, R. James (Jim) George Jr. has successfully litigated a vast array of business cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has prevailed twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, has shepherded more than two dozen significant cases through federal appeals courts, and successfully argued multiple times before the Supreme Court of Texas. Recognized for his work in bet-the-company litigation, Jim has won jury trials in all Texas’ major cities and in numerous rural counties. He’s also tried cases in Louisiana and Michigan.

Partner and co-founder of George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP, Jim is a legal omnivore. He has successfully prosecuted and defended class-action cases and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, securities, media, contract, energy and tax lawsuits.

A staunch defender of the freedom of speech, Jim has represented TV host Phil Donahue and rap artist Tupac Shakur. Most recently, Jim appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who are fighting the state of Texas for the right to produce a license plate honoring the Confederacy. Other clients have included Time Warner, National Western Life Insurance Co., individual investors in securities cases, CBS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, the City of San Antonio, Warburg Pincus Equity LP, school districts and many international corporations, as well as individuals and small business owners.

After graduation from the University of Texas School of Law with high honors in 1969, Jim went to work as law clerk for John R. Brown, Chief Justice of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Then from 1970-1972, he had the distinction of serving as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Jim’s community involvement includes serving as a school board member for KIPP-Austin Public Schools since 2012, and since 2003, working as a board member for Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal advocacy to promote social and economic justice.

Jim has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America©” for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and First Amendment Law since 1987. Jim is frequently invited to speak on a variety of issues, from water rights to First Amendment topics.

About James George, Jr.

Admitted: 1969, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://gbkh.com/attorney/r-james-george-jr/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2004, 2008-2011, 2014-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and First Amendment Law (since 1987)
  • Selected for inclusion in Best of the Bar in Austin Business Journal for Civil Litigators (September 2003)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas’ Top Notch Lawyers in Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide (2002)
  • AV® Preeminent (5.0) Peer Review Rating by Martindale.com (AV® and AV® Preeminent are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Member  
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth and Seventh Federal Circuits, Member
  • American Counsel Association, Member
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Austin Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Law Institute, Member; Members Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law (3rd): Restitution and Unjust Enrichment (2003 – present)
  • Texas Law Review, Board of Directors (2002-2011); President (2006-2007)
  • ABA Subcommittee on Interactive Services, co-chair (1996-1997)
  • Supreme Court Code of Conduct Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Former Fellow

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • ARTICLES & PAPERS:
  • R. James George, Jr., Liberating Yourself From the Billable Hour, Litigation (Journal of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association)(Winter 2006)
  • SPEECHES: 
  • Co-presenter, Texas Public Information Act v. Discovery: Matter of Timing; State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course (June 12-13, 2014, Austin)
  • Panel member, Regulatory Perspective: Macro Challenges vs. Micro Control, Texas Lyceum, Liquid Gold: The Texas Water Law Crisis (August 9-11, 2012, Amarillo)
  • Co-presenter, Fighting Payday Lenders in Arbitration: Combating the Practice of Continuing to Charge a Fee for Doing Nothing, State Bar of Texas, Poverty Law Section (September 10, 2010)
  • Media Law, Texas Association of Legal Professionals, 55th Annual Education Conference (April 30-May 1, 2010, Austin)
  • Lawyers’ Liability for Oil and Gas Deals, Securities and Arbitration Section, Houston Bar Association (April 19, 2007)
  • Panel Member, The Warren Court: 40 Years After Chief Justice Earl Warren’s Retirement, Austin College Law Symposium (March 27, 2009, Sherman)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS: Edwards Aquifer Auth. V. Chemical Lime, Ltd., 291 S.W.3d 392 (Tex. 2009); Hallco Texas, Inc. v. McMullen County, 221 S.W.3d 50 (Tex. 2006); In re Cerberus Capital Mgmt., L.P., 164 S.W.3d 379 (Tex. 2005); New Times, Inc. v. Isaacks, 146 S.W.3d 144 (Tex. 2004); Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. Renaissance Women’s Group, P.A., 121 S.W.3d 742 (Tex. 2003); Huckabee v. Time Warner Entm’t Co., L.P., 19 S.W.3d 413 (Tex. 2000); In re Nolo Press / Folk Law, Inc., 991 S.W.2d 768 (Tex. 1999); Memorial Hospital – The Woodlands v. McCown, 927 S.W.2d 1 (Tex. 1996); Carrollton-Farmers Branch Indep. School Dist., v. Edgewood Indep. School Dist., 826 S.W.2d 489 (Tex. 1992); Upham v. White, 639 S.W.2d 301 (Tex. 1982); Romo v. Austin Nat’l Bank, 615 S.W.2d 168 (Tex. 1981).
  • TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS: Jennings v. WallBuilder Presentations, Inc. ex rel. Barton, 378 S.W.3d 519 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2012, pet. filed); Zumwalt v. City of San Antonio, No. 03-11-00301-CV, 2012 WL 1810962 (Tex. App.—Austin. May 17, 2012, no pet.); City of San Antonio ex rel. San Antonio Water Sys. v. Lower Colorado River Auth., 369 S.W.3d 231 (Tex. App.—Austin 2011, pet. granted, judg’t vacated w.r.m.); Eco Built Inc. v. Lulfs, No. 03-08-00427-CV, 2010 WL 3629821 (Tex. App.—Austin. Sept. 17, 2010 no pet.); McCalla v. Ski River Dev., Inc., 239 S.W.3d 374 (Tex. App.—Waco 2007, no pet.); Bexar Metro. Water Dist. v. City of San Antonio, 228 S.W.3d 887 (Tex. App.—Austin 2007, no pet.); Warren v. Warren Equip. Co., 189 S.W.3d 324 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2006, no pet.); Witkowski v. Brian, Fooshee and Yonge Props., 181 S.W.3d 824 (Tex. App.—Austin 2005, no pet.); Sheshunoff v. Sheshunoff, 172 S.W.3d 686 (Tex. App.—Austin 2005, pet. denied); Goldstein v. Mortenson, 113 S.W.3d 769 (Tex. App.—Austin 2003, no pet.); Coalition for Long Point Pres. v. Texas Comm’n on Envtl. Quality, 106 S.W.3d 363 (Tex. App.—Austin 2003, pet. denied); TCA Building Co. v. Entech, Inc., 86 S.W.3d 667 (Tex. App.—Austin 2002, no pet.); Bobbitt v. Cantu, 992 S.W.2d 709 (Tex. App.—Austin 1999, no pet.); Daniewicz v. Thermo Instrument Sys., Inc., 992 S.W.2d 713 (Tex. App.—Austin 1999, pet. denied); Granada Biosciences, Inc. v. Barrett, 958 S.W.2d 215 (Tex. App.— Amarillo 1997, pet. denied); Sharp v. Caterpillar, Inc., 932 S.W.2d 230 (Tex. App.— Austin 1996, writ denied); City of Stephenville v. Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., 940 S.W.2d 667 (Tex. App.—Austin 1996, writ denied); Time Warner Entm’t Co., L.P. v. Hebert, 916 S.W.2d 47 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 1996, no writ); Universal Underwriters Ins. Co. v. State of Texas, 903 S.W.2d 124 (Tex. App.—Austin 1995, no writ); Employers Cas. Co. v. Texas Ass’n of School Boards Workers Comp. Self-Insurance Fund, 886 S.W.2d 470 (Tex. App.—Austin 1994, no writ); Garth v. Staktek Corp., 876 S.W.2d 545 (Tex. App—Austin 1994, writ dism’d w.o.j.); Angelo Broad., Inc. v. Satellite Music Network, Inc., 836 S.W.2d 726 (Tex. App.—Dallas 1992, writ denied); Orchid Software, Inc. v. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 804 S.W.2d 208 (Tex. App—Austin 1991, writ denied); Brady v. Cox Enters., Inc., 782 S.W.2d 272 (Tex. App.—Austin 1989, writ denied); Public Util. Comm’n of Texas v. Houston Lighting & Power Co., 778 S.W.2d 195 (Tex. App.—Austin 1989, no writ); E & B Carpet Mills, a Div. of Armstrong World Indus., Inc. v. State, 776 S.W.2d 286 (Tex. App.—Austin 1989, writ dism’d); Breen v. DeLord, 723 S.W.2d 166 (Tex. App.—Austin 1986, no writ); Langston v. Eagle Publ’g Co., 719 S.W.2d 612 (Tex. App.—Waco 1986, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Wente v. Georgia-Pacific Corp., 712 S.W.2d 253 (Tex. App.—Austin 1986, no writ); Board of Trs. of Austin Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Cox Enters., Inc., 679 S.W.2d 86 (Tex. App.—Austin 1984), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 706 S.W.2d 956 (Tex. 1986); Eagle Printing Co. v. Delaney, 671 S.W.2d 883 (Tex. Crim. App. 1984); Nat’l Western Life Ins. Co. v. Jones, 670 S.W.2d 752 (Tex. App.—Austin 1984, no writ); Aztec Life Ins. Co. of Texas v. Dellana, 667 S.W.2d 911 (Tex. App.—Austin 1984, no writ); Nat’l Western Life Ins. Co. v. Walters, 663 S.W.2d 125 (Tex. App—Austin 1983, no writ); State v. Allstate Ins. Co., Inc., 654 S.W.2d 45 (Tex. App.—Austin 1983, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Bullock v. Earle M. Jorgensen Co., 613 S.W.2d 12 (Tex. Civ. App.—Texarkana 1981, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Lucio v. McCrocklin, 605 S.W.2d 370 (Tex. Civ. App.—Beaumont 1980, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Austin National Bank v. Romo, 598 S.W.2d 30 (Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1980), aff’d, 615 S.W.2d 168 (Tex 1981); Shields v. Upham, 597 S.W.2d 502 (Tex. Civ. App—El Paso 1980, no writ); Harrison County v. Clayton, 587 S.W.2d 59 (Tex. Civ. App.—Beaumont 1979, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Miller v. Reinert, 534 S.W.2d 161 (Tex. Civ. App.—Waco 1976, writ dism’d); Grace v. Rahlfs, 508 S.W.2d 158 (Tex. Civ. App.—El Paso 1974, writ ref’d n.r.e.); Boatright v. Peterson, 490 S.W.2d 240 (Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1973, writ ref’d n.r.e.).
  • UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT: Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 532 U.S. 318 (2001); Texas Monthly, Inc. v. Bullock, 489 U.S. 1 (1989).
  • FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS: Texas Division, Sons Confederate Veterans v. Vandergriff, 2014 WL 3558001 (C.A. 5 (Tex.)); Texas Cable & Telecomms. Ass’n v. Hudson, 265 Fed. App’x 210 (5th Cir. 2008); Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas v. Sanchez, 480 F.3d 734 (5th Cir. 2007); Texas Ass’n of Bus. v. Earle, 388 F.3d 515 (5th Cir. 2004); Spiller v. White, 352 F.3d 235 (5th Cir. 2003); Hoover v. Morales, 164 F.3d 221 (5th Cir. 1998); Texas Life, Accident, Health & Hosp. Serv. Ins. Guar. Assoc. v. Gaylord Entm’t Co., 105 F.3d 210 (5th Cir. 1997); FM Props. Operating Co. v. City of Austin, 93 F.3d 167 (5th Cir. 1996); Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. U.S. Secret Service, 36 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 1994); Snead v. Redland Aggregates, Ltd., 998 F.2d 1325 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. dism’d, 511 U.S. 1050 (1994); League of United Latin Am. Citizens, Council No. 4434 v. Clements, 999 F.2d 831 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1071 (1994); U.S. v. Rich, 992 F.2d 502 (5th Cir. 1993); Total Plan Servs., Inc. v. Texas Retailers Ass’n, Inc., 925 F.2d 142 (5th Cir. 1991); League of United Latin Am. Citizens, Council No. 4434 v. Clements, 923 F.2d 365 (5th Cir. 1991); League of United Latin Am. Citizens, Council No. 4434 v. Clements, 914 F.2d 620 (5th Cir. 1990), rev’d, 501 U.S. 419 (1991); English v. Hairston, 888 F.2d 1069 (5th Cir. 1989); Manax v. McNamara, 842 F.2d 808 (5th Cir. 1988); Bach v. Nat’l Western Life Ins. Co., 810 F.2d 509 (5th Cir. 1987); Cranberg v. Consumers Union of U.S., Inc., 756 F.2d 382 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 850 (1985); North Shore Labs. Corp. v. Cohen, 721 F.2d 514 (5th Cir. 1983); KVUE, Inc. v. Moore, 709 F.2d 922 (5th Cir. 1983), aff’d, 465 U.S. 1092 (1984); Lummis v. White, 686 F.2d 225 (5th Cir. 1982); Lummis v. White, 629 F.2d 397 (5th Cir. 1980), rev’d sub. nom, Cory v. White, 457 U.S. 85 (1982); Willingham v. Macon Tel. Pub. Co., 507 F.2d 1084 (5th Cir. 1975)(en banc); U.S. v. Wasserman, 504 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1974); U.S. v. Wilson, 500 F.2d 715 (5th Cir. 1974).
  • OTHER CIRCUIT COURTS OF APPEALS: In re Nat’l Sec. Agency Telecomms. Records Litig., 671 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 133 S.Ct. 421 (2012); O.K. Sand & Gravel, Inc. v. Martin Marietta Techs., Inc., 36 F.3d 565 (7th Cir. 1994); Texaco, Inc. v. Federal Power Comm’n, 474 F.2d 416 (D.C. Cir. 1973), vacated, 417 U.S. 380 (1974).
  •  FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS: Davis S R Aviation LLC v. Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, No. A-10-CV-367-LY, 2012 WL 175966 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 20, 2012); Davis S R Aviation LLC v. Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, No. A-10-CV-367-LY, 2011 WL 5999332 (W.D. Tex. Nov. 30, 2011); In re Nat’l Sec. Agency Telecomms. Records Litig., 633 F.Supp.2d 949 (N.D. Ca. 2009), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 671 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 133 S. Ct. 421 (2012); In re Nat’l Sec. Agency Telecomms. Records Litig., 630 F.Supp.2d 1092 (N.D. Ca. 2009); Health Net, Inc. v. Wooley, No. 06-845-JJB, 2007 WL 3288708 (M.D. La. Nov. 6, 2007); Planned Parenthood of Cent. Texas v. Sanchez, 280 F. Supp. 2d 590 (W.D. Tex. 2003); Rogers v. CIGNA Healthcare of Texas, 227 F. Supp. 2d 652 (W.D. Tex. 2001); GDF Realty Investments, Ltd. v. Norton, 169 F. Supp. 2d 648 (W.D. Tex. 2001), aff’d, 326 F.3d 622 (5th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 545 U.S. 1114 (2005); MMAR Group, Inc. v. Dow Jones & Co., Inc., 187 F.R.D. 282 (S.D. Tex. 1999); AT & T Communications of the Southwest, Inc. v. City of Austin, 40 F. Supp. 2d 852 (W.D. Tex. 1998), vacated, 235 F.3d 241 (5th Cir. 2000); MMAR Group, Inc. v. Dow Jones & Co., 987 F. Supp. 535 (S.D. Tex. 1997); KVHP TV Partners, Ltd. v. Channel 12 of Beaumont, Inc., 874 F. Supp. 756 (E.D. Tex. 1995); Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. U.S. Secret Service, 816 F. Supp. 432 (W.D. Tex. 1993), aff’d, 36 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 1994); Adams v. John Hancock Mut. Life Ins. Co., 797 F. Supp. 563 (W.D. Tex. 1992), aff’d, 49 F.3d 728 (5th Cir. 1995); O.K. Sand & Gravel, Inc. v. Martin Marietta Corp., 786 F. Supp. 1442 (S.D. Ind. 1992); State of Texas v. Ins. Servs. Office, Inc., 699 F. Supp. 601 (W.D. Tex. 1988); Saenz v. Playboy Enters., Inc., 653 F. Supp. 552 (N.D. Ill. 1987), aff’d, 841 F.2d 1309 (7th Cir. 1988); Terrazas v. Clements, 581 F. Supp. 1329 (N.D. Tex. 1984); Seaman v. Upham, 563 F. Supp. 396 (E.D. Tex. 1983); Seamon v. Upham, 536 F. Supp. 1030 (E.D. Tex. 1982); Morris v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, 540 F. Supp. 898 (S.D. Tex. 1982), aff’d, 696 F.2d 994 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 460 U.S. 1093 (1983); Terrazas v. Clements, 537 F. Supp. 514 (N.D. Tex. 1982); Seamon v. Upham, 536 F. Supp. 931 (E.D. Tex.), vacated, 456 U.S. 37 (1982); Murray v. Leach, 535 F. Supp. 765 (E.D. Tex. 1981); Lummis v. White, 491 F. Supp. 5 (W.D. Tex. 1979), rev’d, 629 F.2d 397 (5th Cir. 1980), rev’d sub. nom, Cory v. White, 457 U.S. 85 (1982); Graves v. Barnes, 378 F. Supp. 640 (W.D. Tex. 1974), vacated sub. nom, White v. Regester, 422 U.S. 935 (1975); Graves v. Barnes, 343 F. Supp. 704 (W.D. Tex. 1972), aff’d in part, rev’d in part sub. nom, White v. Regester, 412 U.S. 755 (1973).

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas (1966)
  • Juris Doctor, with high honors, University of Texas School of Law (1969) - Phi Kappa Phi - Order of the Coif - Chancellors - Research Editor, Texas Law Review (1969)
Office Location for R. James George, Jr.

1100 Norwood Tower
114 West 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701

R. James George, Jr.:

Last Updated: 3/8/2019

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