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Jim currently focuses on the rapidly evolving major legal issues in the domestic oil and gas exploration and production industry. His practice is centered on counseling companies, boards of directors and committees of boards, and individuals on these matters.

As a board member of Pioneer Natural Resources since 2004, Jim serves on the Board’s Audit Committee, which includes legal oversight, the Health Safety and Environmental Committee, and the Reserves Committee. As an attorney on the Board, he also focuses on overall corporate governance considerations.

Jim’s long legal career in finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance includes significant work in the oil and gas industry beginning in the 1970s. He was a partner in Vinson & Elkins prior to his joining Carrington Coleman in 2004. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in the 1980s.


Counsel senior executives of companies in connection with special investigations and litigation, 2004-2008.

Counsel executives in negotiating and structuring exit agreements, employment and compensation agreements, indemnification agreements, and director and officer liability insurance coverage, 2004-2008.

Counsel Audit Committee members in connection with a special investigation, 2007.

Counsel a Special Committee of the Board of a NYSE listed company in connection with a proposed sale of the company, 2006

Court Admissions

Texas, 1964


University of Texas
LL.B., with honors, 1964
Chancellors, Phi Delta Phi, Texas Law Review

University of Texas
B.A., 1962


Member: Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association.

Director and Audit Committee member, Pioneer Natural Resources, a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, 2004-2008.

Advisory Board of the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2000-2008; Chair, 2000-2003.


University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1989-1995.

Honors and Distinctions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating