James L. Deem

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James L. Deem is Of Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Dallas office. Mr. Deem has extensive experience in helping clients prepare and negotiate well-balanced risk allocations in their contract agreements, in all of their various forms. He assists clients in finding reasonable resolutions to project issues before they become more complicated, and when needed, helps resolve disputes through litigation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


Mr. Deem represents a wide range of clients, including owners, developers, commercial contractors, and surety bonding companies. An adept negotiator, he has successfully defended and achieved recovery for several large general contractors and has represented a major corporate owner entity following a general contractor default and significant mechanic’s lien damage claims. Goal-oriented in his approach, he aims to achieve reasonable agreements that minimize the legal exposure of his clients.

Mr. Deem is recognized by Best Lawyers in America as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Construction Law (2013-2017) and by Super Lawyers (2013-2017).


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Areas of Practice (3)

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Surety
  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
214.523.5100  Phone
214.521.4601  Fax
University Attended:
Southern Methodist University, B.F.A., Journalism, 1973
Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of The Coif, 1977
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; 1977, Texas; United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Forum on the Construction Industry, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Subcommittee, former Vice-Chair)

State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section)

Dallas Bar Association (Construction Law Section, former Chair, former Council Member)

Birth Information:
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, April 21, 1951

Peer Reviews

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Dallas, Texas