James Patrick Cooney

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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Houston, TX

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP
 | 1600 Smith Street, Suite 5000
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 281-226-3705
Fax: 713-225-9945
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    An attorney with Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP, James Patrick Cooney represents clients in the state of Texas. His legal practice includes matters of environmental and toxic tort law, appellate law, admiralty and maritime law, and disputes and counseling for labor, employment, OSHA and discrimination. During his career, he has handled several major, high-profile cases, including the MAERSK SHETLAND collision in 1995 and the Apex Barge/SHINOUSSA collision in 1989.

    Mr. Cooney graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts before moving on to law school. In 1969, he earned his Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School and was an editorial associate for the Notre Dame Law Review. He is the current American Maritime Cases Associate Editor and Texas Monthly named him a Go To Lawyer in the State of Texas for Admiralty and Maritime Law.

    He is admitted to practice in the state of Texas. Mr. Cooney is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Texas and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

    A member of and president of the Corporate Board of the Houston International Seafarers Center, Mr. Cooney is also a member of the Maritime Arbitration Association of the United States, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. He served for a time as Chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and was a member of the Uniformity of U.S. Maritime Law Committee within the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Transportation/Maritime
    • 40%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Employee Benefits
    Focus Areas

    Admiralty & Maritime Law, Arbitration, Mediation

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    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2012 - 2020

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    About James Cooney

    Admitted: 1969, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.roystonlaw.com/attorneys-7

    Honors/Awards:

    • Included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Admiralty & Maritime Law
    • Lawyer of the Year, Maritime Law-Houston, Best Lawyers in America, 2011
    • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America in Maritime Law," 1995 to date
    • Named "Go To" Lawyer in State of Texas for Admiralty and Maritime Law by Texas Monthly 2007

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Houston International Seafarers Centers, President, Corporate Board, 2008-present
    • Maritime Arbitration Association of America
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. Courts of Appeal
    • Texas, 1969
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Chairman, 1993)
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Chairman, Uniformity of Maritime Law Committee, 1998-2002, Director, 2000-2004) (Proctor Member)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors, Houston International Seafarers Centers Board of Directors, Houston Maritime Museum Division Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 081-06

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Associate Editor, American Maritime Case, 1995 to date
    • Amicus Curiae Brief filed by the Maritime Law Association of the United States in the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of Intertanko v. Locke and the Amicus Curiae Brief filed by the IADC in Stewart v. Dutra Construction, Author
    • Editorial Associate, Notre Dame Law Review, 1968-1969
    • U. S. Detention of Crew in MARPOL Violations, Sea Ventures Newsletter, Issue 12, Page 13, November 3, 2008

    Educational Background:

    • University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude, 1966
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    1600 Smith Street
    Suite 5000
    Houston, TX 77002

    Phone: 281-226-3705

    Fax: 713-225-9945

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