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James J. Ormiston

Term: 2013 — 2016

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Jim Ormiston, a shareholder and director of the firm, is the head of Gray Reed & McGraw's litigation section. Jim has obtained favorable verdicts, judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex business cases, including cases relating to oil and gas, trade secrets, real estate, products liability, UCC, antitrust, employment matters, construction contracts and consumer claims. Jim has also defended clients in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. In recent years, Jim has focused on the litigation of oil and gas cases, including disputes relating to natural gas purchase and sales contracts, gas processing agreements, transportation agreements, and acquisition agreements, as well as royalty disputes.

Jim graduated in 1984 with a B.A. from St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, magna cum laude. He earned his J.D. in 1987 from the The University of Texas School of Law.

Jim is a member of the Litigation Section and the Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and all U.S. District Courts in Texas. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and a member of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association.

Jim was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines from 2008-2013. He was also named in Best Lawyers in America in 2013.