Jim E. Cowles

Jim E. Cowles: Attorney with Cowles & Thompson A Professional Corporation


Jim E. Cowles is a Shareholder in the Commercial / Business and Tort Litigation Sections of Cowles & Thompson. His experience of more than 550 jury trials has rendered him the senior trial attorney in the firm, with a practice consisting of representation of a wide variety of clients in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability and construction law.

News, Publications & Speaking Events

•“Revenge of the Carrier: When Lawyers Become the Target of Legal Malpractice in Cases Involving Insurance,” 3rd Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, State Bar of Texas, March 30 31, 2006
•“Apples & Oranges or Apples & Apples,” Ethics, 2004 Spring Meeting, TADC, April 14-18, 2004
•Legends of The Law Seminar, speaker, September 2000
•“30 Minute Voir Dire,” Collin County Bench and Bar Conference, June 1999
•“Putting it All Together,” Defense Research Institute, March 1998
•“Closing Argument,” Young Lawyers Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, June 1997
•“Winning in the Beginning - Defense Techniques for Voir Dire and Opening Statement,” Defense Research Institute, April 1997
•“Checklist for Avoiding Legal Malpractice,” Southern Methodist University School of Law, February 1997
•“The Biggest Developments in Insurance Law,” Texas Lawyer, December 16, 1996
•“Alternative Fee Proposals,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel Seminar, August 1996
•“Developments in Insurance,” Texas Lawyer, December 18, 1995
•“Child Molestation Damage Claims,” Spring Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1995
•“Choosing and Courting a Jury,” State Bar of Texas Seminar, April 1995
•“Responsibilities of Senior and Junior Attorneys,” Texas Bar Foundation and The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Texas Wesleyan and SMU Law Schools, 1994
•“Professionalism,” Texas Tech, 1993
•“Jury Verdicts: A Sign of the Times or a Disaster,” Fall Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1993
•“Anatomy of a Trial Lawyer,” Rookie Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1993
•“Voir Dire and Jury Selection in a Medical Malpractice Case,” Litigating the Medical Malpractice Case, Southern Methodist University, 1993
•“Effective Pretrial Strategy,” Learning from the Masters Seminar, Dallas Bar Association, 1992
•“Trial Demonstration,” Southwestern Legal Foundation: Academy of American and International Law, 1991
•“Medical Malpractice,” University of Texas Medical School, 1991
•“Medicine for Lawyers,” State Bar of Texas, 1991
•“Current Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases,” Tarrant County Civil Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
•“Firm Economics,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1991
•“Cross-Examining Economic Experts,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1991

Awards & Honors

•Honored by Texas Lawyer Magazine in June, 2010, as one of the “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century”
•Named as Trial Lawyer of the Year, Bench Bar Conference, Dallas Bar Association, 2005
•AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbard, 2011
•Named to the “Top 5% of America’s Most Honored Professionals,” American Registry, 2011
•Honored by the Dallas Bar Foundation with the 2015 Fellows Justinian Award
•Named as a Local Trial Lawyer Legend, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2010
•Named as one of the “Top 12 Lawyers in Dallas,” D Magazine, 1997
•Who’s Who in American Law, 2004-2017
•Who’s Who in America, 2000-2017
•Selected as the “Lawyer of the Year, 2014 Dallas Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants,” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2014
•Selected for inclusion in “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2006
•Named as a Legend of the Law, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
•President’s Award, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1993
•Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 1993-2019
•Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers --Texas Top 100 and Dallas/Ft. Worth Top 100, by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2003-2017
•Selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation,” American Lawyer Media, 2012
•Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers -Business Litigation Corporate Counsel Edition, by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2003-2018
•“True Texas Legend in Insurance Law,” Texas Bar CLE and the Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2010
•Selected for inclusion in “Top 15 Business-Defense Lawyers in Dallas/Ft. Worth,” by the Dallas Business Journal, 2005
•Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 1997-2017
•Selected for the Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide, 2007
•Selected for inclusion in “3,000 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2006
•Named as one of “7 Go-To Lawyers in Texas” for Legal Malpractice Defense, Texas Lawyer Weekly, 2002
•Inducted into the “Honorary Serjeants Inn of Dallas-Fort Worth Inn of Court”
•Named as one of the 50 Lions of the Texas Bar by Texas Lawbook in 2015
•Awarded a Citizens Certificate of Merit and named as Honorary Dallas Police Officer by the Dallas Police Department, 1971

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Aviation
  • Commercial / Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Tort and Insurance Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
214.672.2101  Phone
214.672.2301  Fax
University Attended:
University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., 1958
Law School Attended:
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, LL.B., 1961
Year of First Admission:
All State Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; Texas Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; United States Supreme Court; 1961, Texas


•State Bar of Texas
•Defense Research Institute
•American Bar Association
•Texas Association of Defense Counsel
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•American Board of Trial Advocates, former member
•College of the State Bar of Texas, former member
•Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (1992-2009)
•Patrick E. Higgenbotham American Inn of Court, Master Emeritus
•Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Reported Cases:
Experience: Represents nationwide retail business in multiple class action lawsuits, involving wage and hour disputes, alleged violations of state laws regulating medical professionals, and claims of improper sales taxes on pharmaceuticals.; Representation of national retail business in various construction law matters, dealing with construction and product defect allegations against engineers and building product manufacturers.; General business and corporate representation of major nationwide retail corporation in litigation arising out of claims of property damage and environmental issues on commercial property.; Extensive representation of lawyers and law firms in lawsuits alleging legal malpractice and professional negligence.
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