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Scott H. James

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Waco, TX

Johnson Hobbs Squires LLP
400 Austin Avenue, Suite 903
Waco, TX 76701
Phone: 254-732-2242
Fax: 866-627-3509
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2015
Licensed in Texas Since: 2002
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain (50%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

A former businessman with a successful record of entrepreneurship, Scott H. James brings a unique perspective as an attorney at Johnson Hobbs Squires LLP. Representing clients in Central and South Texas, Mr. James handles cases of eminent domain and condemnation, oil and gas law and real estate, serious personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial and business litigation. 

After earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in telecommunications – film and media from Baylor University, Mr. James went on to The University of Texas at Dallas to earn an MBA, graduating magna cum laude. He then attended Baylor Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor and graduated as the highest-ranking student in his graduating class. 

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. A previous member of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, Mr. James also directed Region 12 at the Central Texas High School Mock Trial Tournament for several years. He is admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

A believer in giving back to the community, Mr. James does pro bono work with many organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Waco Triathlon Club, the Greater Waco Sports Commission, Legacy Outfitters and the Harris Creek Baptist Church. Known for his work ethic and energy, Mr. James has experience handling complex litigation matters from both sides of the courtroom. During his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching his kids in sports, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Eminent Domain
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Non-Compete Agreements


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2015

About Scott H. James

First Admitted: 2002

Professional Webpage:


  • Region 12/Central Texas High School Mock Trial Tournament, Director, 2007 - 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer – Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine, a Thompson Reuters Service, 2007-2009, 2011-2015
  • Order of the Barristers, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • National Mock Trial Competitor, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • Highest Ranking student in commencement class, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • McLennan County Young Lawyer of the Year, 2009

Educational Background

  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A., Major: Telecommunications - Film and Media
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, M.B.A. magna cum laude, Honors: - Highest Ranking student in commencement class

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • 6th Timberland Investment World Summit, New York City, Speaker
  • “Litigating Terms and Values for Easements and Condemnation”, Key Note speaker at Magnolia, Arkansas Landowner’s Conference

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Greater Waco Community
  • Waco Sports Commission, Exploratory Committee and Advisory Board
  • Waco Triathlon Club, Board of Directors, Vice-President
  • American Red Cross Board Member , 2002 - 2005
  • Legacy Outfitters, Inc., Leadership team and Committee Member , 2003 - 2012
  • Legacy Outfitters, Inc., Legal Counsel to National Board of Directors , 2003 - 2014
  • Harris Creek Baptist Church, Deacon and Life Group Leader

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, Past Member
  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas, 2002 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • Texas
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Office Location for Scott H. James

400 Austin Avenue
Suite 903
Waco, TX 76701

Phone: 254-732-2242

Fax: 866-627-3509

Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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