James Patrick Cooney

James Patrick Cooney

Attorney Profile

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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Cooney devotes his practice to admiralty and maritime law. His extensive experience spans a nearly 50-year career, where he’s handled both major maritime casualties as well as transactional matters for vessels. He has also represented lenders holding ship mortgages in bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. Cooney is active as an arbitrator in maritime related controverseies.  He  has had  an active trial and appellate practice and has argued before both the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He authored the Amicus Curiae Brief filed the Maritime Law Association of the Unites States in the U.S Supreme Court case of Intertanko v. Locke and the Amicus Curiae Brief filed by the IADC in Stewart v. Dutra Construction

About James Cooney

Admitted: 1969, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.roystonlaw.com/professionals-7.html


  • Lawyer of the Year - Maritime Law -Houston, Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • "Go To" lawyer in Maritime Law, Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Best Lawyer in America, Maritime Law - 1995 through 2016, Best Lawyer in America - Maritime Law 1995-2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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:

  • Boad of Directors, Houston International Seafarers Centers Board of Directors, Houston Maritime Museum Division Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 081-06
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Office Location for James Patrick Cooney

1600 Smith Street
Suite 5000
Houston, TX 77002

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Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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