James R. Parish
Associate

Email: jparish@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3374

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

James Parish is a commercial litigator who understands that outstanding courtroom advocacy needs to be balanced with pragmatism and a focus on achieving quick, cost-effective results that allow clients to get back to business. His approach to all matters is geared towards minimizing risk, articulating realistic expectations, and providing superior client service and results.

James has represented a variety of companies across the Gulf states in mass tort and class action cases. Prior to joining Macdonald Devin, James practiced law in New Orleans and focused on the defense of oil and manufacturing industry clients in multi- district litigation pending in federal and state courts. While continuing his representation in these areas, James also represents religious organizations, corporations, and not-for-profit entities in the defense of claims for sexual abuse, negligent hiring, and supervision.

A cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, James earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. Outside of the office, James enjoys spending time with his ever-expanding family of nieces and nephews.

James is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted in the defense of an international driller in a four-month trial arising from the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, in which thousands of plaintiffs and federal, state, and local governments were seeking damages under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. The client was found not grossly negligent under Clean Water Act and the operator of the well was obligated to indemnify the client for all Oil Pollution Act damages.
  • Assisted in the defense of a primary manufacturer of drywall in litigation arising out of defective drywall manufactured in China.
  • Assisted in the defense of a paper miller in numerous lawsuits arising out of an illegal discharge of black liquor into a river. The matters were favorably settled prior to trial.
  • Assisted in the defense a refinery operator and in climate change litigation. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants were liable in tort for allegedly contributing to global warming through excessive greenhouse gas emissions, which damaged the plaintiffs’ property. Following substantial litigation, the court dismissed the case, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Assisted in the defense of a carbon plant in several lawsuits arising out of allegations that the plant causes a nuisance to surrounding properties. After pre-trial motion practice, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their cases with prejudice without a settlement.
  • Assisted in the defense of an offshore operator in reaching a plea agreement with the United States after a fatal explosion occurred on a production platform.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas

Honors and Recognitions

  • University of Houston Law Center
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barons
  • Senior Editor, Houston Journal of International Law, Houston Bar Association, Corporate
  • Counsel Section Scholarship

Publications and Presentations

Rise of the machines: Texas Products Liability

April, 2019

Personal Injury Damages

April, 2019

Advancing your case through motion practice

April, 2019

Got the winter claims blues? Texas claims and slip and falls,

February, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivors Guide – Contributor

January, 2017

Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016

June, 2016

• Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, coauthored May, 2016 Eagles International Associates

May, 2016

Liens: Do I really need to pay this? Again? (Co-author with Paul W. Bennett)

April, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Update (Co-authored with Doug Fletcher)

January, 2016

Texas evidence flashcards (co-author)

January, 2016

Arbitration: Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015

November, 2015

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Meaning of a Safe Drilling Margin in the OCS, Offshore Magazine

July, 2015

The Macondo Litigation in a Nutshell, LOGA Industry Report

June, 2015

BP Oil Spill Lessons Learned, Energy Executive

April, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015

March, 2015

Pregnant Pause: U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 31, 2015

March, 2015

Social Media in Claims and Litigation

January, 2015

Mandatory E-Filing Has Arrived (Again): Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Summer 2014 Received Stars of Texas Bars Award for Best News Article

January, 2015

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

January, 2014

The Michael Morton Act: What prosecutors and defense attorneys need to know

October, 2013

Served as Moderator for Appellate Law seminar, Jefferson County Bar Association

January, 2013

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

January, 2013

Presented Legislative Update: HB274 at annual NAIW conference

May, 2012

Federal Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Use: Implications for Commercial Motor Vehicles, co-authored May 30, 2012 issue of The Voice, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

May, 2012

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Advertising and Solicitations Rules

January, 2012

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

January, 2012

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

January, 2012

Featured speaker at Council on Litigation Management – Defense Strategies National Defense Counsel

March, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana   

Internet Dating Websites: A Refuge for Internet Fraud, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 389

January, 2011

Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI

February, 2010

Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update

October, 2009

Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update, 21 APP. ADVOC. 212

January, 2009

Featured panel speaker at Medmarc’s 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar – Application of Social Media When Defending and Cross-Examining Experts

June, 2008 Hot Springs, Virginia   

Toast to the Constitution, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Inn of Courts Joint Meeting

January, 2008

Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee

October, 2007 Washington D.C.   

Featured panel speaker presenting a Bad Faith Litigation and Claims Handling seminar at Church Mutual Insurance Company

May, 2007

Featured Speaker at Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Seminar – When Personal Injury Becomes Personal Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases

September, 2006 San Francisco, CA   

Named shareholder, David Macdonald, will be a featured speaker at DRI's Construction Law Seminar to be held September 7-8, 2006 in San Francisco.

The topic When Personal Injury Becomes Personal - Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases will cover the implications of an OSHA violation in a personal injury lawsuit, including what can be done to protect clients when OSHA investigates an injury at a construction project.

Some of the issues addressed will also include whom OSHA considers the employer when there are multiple contractors on the project, determining when evidence of an OSHA violation is admissible in a personal injury lawsuit, and how to minimize the effects if evidence is admitted.

Guest Speaker at Insurance Women of San Antonio (IWSA)

July, 2006 San Antonio, Texas   

Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, presented at Continuing Education Conference

June, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina   

Featured Speaker at Eagle International Conference – Update Texas Good Faith Insurance Issues

May, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada   

"Update Texas", the May 2006 conference held in Las Vegas, was hosted by Eagle International, an International network of defense attorneys and claim adjusters.

Featured speaker, David Macdonald, presented Good Faith Insurance Issues.

Guest Speaker for Federation of Insurance Women of Texas (FIWT) 2006 Mid-Year Conference

April, 2006 Austin, Texas   

Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Court Practice seminar, State Bar of Texas (CLE accredited)

January, 2006

Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement, and Contractual Protections Against a Fraud Claim, CLE

June, 2005

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

January, 2005 Austin, Texas   
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Educational/Professional Background

  • University of Houston, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2009\
  • Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 2005

Court Admissions

James R. Parish is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

  • Overview
  • Representative Experience
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Honors and Recognitions
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Educational/Professional Background
  • Civic and Volunteerism
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James R. Parish

Associate

Email: jparish@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3374

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

James Parish is a commercial litigator who understands that outstanding courtroom advocacy needs to be balanced with pragmatism and a focus on achieving quick, cost-effective results that allow clients to get back to business. His approach to all matters is geared towards minimizing risk, articulating realistic expectations, and providing superior client service and results.

James has represented a variety of companies across the Gulf states in mass tort and class action cases. Prior to joining Macdonald Devin, James practiced law in New Orleans and focused on the defense of oil and manufacturing industry clients in multi- district litigation pending in federal and state courts. While continuing his representation in these areas, James also represents religious organizations, corporations, and not-for-profit entities in the defense of claims for sexual abuse, negligent hiring, and supervision.

A cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, James earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. Outside of the office, James enjoys spending time with his ever-expanding family of nieces and nephews.

James is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts.