James is a trial attorney. He has a general litigation practice with a focus on the defense of pharmaceutical and toxic tort cases. James has defended manufacturers of a number of medical devices, such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, lead systems, contact lens solutions and breast implants. He has also served as national, regional and local counsel for manufacturers of numerous medicines, including statins, antidepressants, anxiolytics, diet drugs, anti-epileptic drugs, pain medicines, vaccines, hypnotics, corticosteroids and chemotherapy.
In addition, James has a background in basic sciences with an emphasis in chemistry. Before attending law school, he worked as a forensic chemist. James received extensive training and developed an in-depth knowledge of the instruments and equipment used in the monitoring and remediation of toxic spills.
James advises clients involved in major business disputes and civil litigation. He tries to resolve cases as effectively and efficiently as possible. Generally, he does so without trial—but if he has to, James tries cases. Most recently, he and his team secured a verdict in a breach of contract/breach of warranty case against the largest plastics distributor in the United States. James tried the case, Bream Investment Company, LP v. H. Muehlstein & Co., Inc. to a Harris County, Texas jury and secured the full value of his client’s contract plus attorney’s fees.
James believes that early case assessment and an understanding of his clients’ needs are the keys to efficiently resolving cases. When appropriate James takes an aggressive approach in his cases. He uses his knowledge and experience to craft case strategies and then executes those strategies to resolve his cases the best way possible for his clients. James and his teams have been very successful in resolving cases via motion practice. In addition, James has vast experience in all phases of pretrial litigation on both the national and local level.
Publications and Presentations
Hydraulic Fracturing: Best Legal & Technical Practices, – SHB's Oil & Gas Industry CLE (Houston, Texas, 2012).
Blaine D. Edwards, E. James Shepherd & Nick Deutsch, Hydraulic Fracturing: Protecting Against Legal and Regulatory Risk, 109:15 Oil & Gas Journal, August 1, 2011, at 22.
Nuisance Law Revived and Revisited – SHB-Miami’s Environmental and Toxic Tort Seminar (Miami, Florida, 2010).
Complex Litigation Tactics – Lone Pine Orders and Iqbal/Twombly – SHB’s Seventh Annual Update of the Law (Kansas City, Missouri, 2010).
What’s Bubbling in Toxic Tort Land – DRI Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Seminar (San Diego, California, 2003).
House Bill 4: Texas Tackles Toxic Torts – DRI Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C., 2003).