James Drakeley has approximately thirty nine years of experience in prosecuting and defending a broad range of business-related litigation matters, including disputes over complex contracts, employment matters, covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets, commercial leases, commercial insurance policies, shareholder and partnership relations, and fiduciary duty obligations. Jim also has served as outside general counsel for several of his corporate clients and regularly provides advice and counsel to his diverse client base, including companies, C-level executives, directors, shareholders and employers on a variety of litigation, dispute resolution, business and employment issues. Jim has a reputation for excellence in and out of the courtroom. He has prosecuted and defended high stakes multi-million dollar lawsuits for his clients, has successfully obtained favorable verdicts and has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. Jim has successfully mediated numerous lawsuits and pre-suit disputes. His peers have given him an AV® Preeminent™ rating with Martindale Hubbell for his high ethical standards and outstanding legal ability. Jim recognizes the importance of zealously pursuing the client's objectives and works closely with his clients in developing strategic solutions to help successfully resolve their disputes and solve their legal issues in a practical and cost effective manner. Jim's clients have included individuals, business entities and owners, entrepreneurs, executives and sports figures.
Jim helped start the firm shortly after graduating from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and belongs to both the Litigation section and the Labor and Employment section. He is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association.