Jim Hurd Joins Houston Office

SHB is pleased to announce that James A. Hurd, Jr. has joined the firm’s Houston office as a Partner in its Business Litigation Practice Group.

Hurd has served as the Senior Litigation Counsel for the Southern District of Texas since 2001. He was the Presidentially Appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands from 1995 to 2001 and the Director of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute and Office of Legal Education in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1995.

He was previously the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands (assigned to the Criminal Division), Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver and Deputy District Attorney in Denver. He also was in private law practice from 1987 to 1989 specializing in commercial and real estate law.

Hurd directed or personally handled civil litigation for the United States in cases including tort claims, employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and health care litigation. He has directed and litigated criminal investigations and prosecutions in areas including mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption, health care fraud, environmental crimes and major narcotics trafficking.

A lecturer on the topic of battering and child abuse, Hurd has spoken at national conferences in Colorado and the Virgin Islands. He was the founder of the U.S. Attorney’s Mentoring Program in the Virgin Islands. He also was a sailing instructor and sail racing instructor for the Virgin Islands’ “Kids and the Sea Program” (sponsored by Rotary International) from 1990 to 1994.


Hurd received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975 and his B.A. from Howard University in 1968.