Education

J.D., cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985
B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1981

Awards

AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Biography

Mr. Pikl is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer.  His practice emphasizes a wide range of commercial and consumer disputes, including class actions and complex litigation involving multiple parties and claims.  He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Consumer and Commercial Law – one of only 69 lawyers in Texas holding this specialty.  This Board Certification entitles Mr. Pikl to claim special expertise in the areas of law that specialty encompasses, including the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices – Consumer Protection Act, the Insurance Code, and the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as other federal and state laws dealing with commercial real estate, sales and leases, insurance (including bad faith claims), credit disputes, and collections.  Mr. Pikl represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and this broad experience enables him to understand and analyze both his client’s and his opposition’s positions for strengths and weaknesses, and thereby create winning strategies.  “Clients have said my particular expertise is taking very complex facts and legal issues, and crafting them into terms a jury or a busy judge can easily understand.”  Mr. Pikl has been lead counsel in dozens of lawsuits all over the U.S., and has participated in 36 appeals, many of which occurred in the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is also an excellent pre-lawsuit negotiator, which can save his clients significant time and expense by avoiding the courtroom when possible.  “Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum” (if you want peace, prepare for war).

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court

Professional Involvement

  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Fee Dispute Committee
    • Legal Ethics Committee
  • Member, District 1A Texas State Bar Grievance Committee (2005 to 2009)
  • Member, District 1 Texas State Bar Grievance Committee (2010 to 2011)
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation – Life Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Master, Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court

Professional Publications

James A. Pikl, “Usury Law and Guarantors: A Texas-Sized Loophole,” 13 Review of Litigation 31 (1993).

James A. Pikl, “Arbitration and the DTPA,” 26 Texas Tech Law Review 881 (1995)(this article also published in the Texas Bar Journal, September 1995).

James A. Pikl, “The Myth of ‘Functional Availability’ and the Robinson-Patman Act,” 1 Federal Courts Law Review 217 (2002)(www.fclr.org).

Frisco Office

Ph (214) 472-2100
Fx (214) 472-2150
2600 Network Boulevard
Suite 400
Frisco, Texas 75034

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