James Hughes is an Austin-based commercial litigation senior associate. James represents commercial plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts in Texas, California, and elsewhere, and in state courts and arbitration. He has been involved in the full life cycle of numerous disputes, from pre-suit negotiations, initial pleadings, discovery, motion practice, judgment, appeal, and settlement.
While acting as a prosecutor in the Attorney-Loan program with the City of Austin, James first-chaired five criminal-misdemeanor trials, successfully obtaining guilty verdicts in every trial.
James believes the hallmarks of good representation are responsiveness, attention to detail, and creativity. Every case is unique, and this means that attorneys must be proactive in developing and prosecuting a strategy that is tailored to each case.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, James served two judicial clerkships at both the trial and appellate levels. From 2011–2013, he was a federal judicial clerk for Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas. From 2010–2011, he served as a judicial clerk for Justice Eva M. Guzman of the Texas Supreme Court.
During both clerkships, James worked on numerous cases involving both federal and state procedural and substantive law. These cases covered a wide gamut of trade secrets, patents, trademarks, First Amendment issues, commercial and employment contracts, administrative appeals, and numerous other areas of law. Finally, James has extensive experience with federal motions practice and federal procedure.