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Jim Pikl

PARTNER

Overview

Mr. Pikl is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. His practice emphasizes a wide range of commercial and consumer disputes, including class action 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 73 lawyers in Texas holding this specialty.

Experience

Mr. Pikl Board Certification in Consumer and Commercial Law allows him 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. In addition, he is experienced in 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).

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association, Fee Dispute Committee and 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

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Washington University, 1981

Honors

  • Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1997-2018

Practice Areas

  • State & Federal Appeals
  • Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
  • Collections
  • Bankruptcy Litigation & Transactions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Lien & Bond Claims
  • Corporate Entity Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Oil & Gas Fraud
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Transfer Tax and Probate Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Employment Litigation
  • Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • Computer Fraud & Privacy Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Cyber Insurance Coverage & Litigation
  • Direct Sales & Regulatory Matters
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Fraud Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Arbitration
  • State & Federal Appeals
  • Transfer Tax and Probate Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Real Estate Liquidation
  • Securities & Finance
  • Receiverships
  • Securities Litigation & Arbitration

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).
  • “Defendant’s Attorney’s Fees”
    Published: The Texas Bar College Bulletin, Fall 2016
  • “The Branch”
    Amazon 2013

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1986)
  • United States Supreme Court (1991)
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1987)
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2000)
  • All four federal district courts in the State of Texas