James B. Sales

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 713 651 5234
United States
T:+1 713 651 5234
James B. Sales

James B. Sales


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Jim Sales is former head of the Litigation Department and was a member of the Executive Committee. Throughout his 52-year career, his practice focused on litigation of all types, with an emphasis on tort-related litigation matters.  For the last 20 years, Jim devoted his practice to defense of a variety of complex litigation products liability cases. He handled and tried numerous general liability, products liability, commercial liability and business related cases in both the state and federal courts.

Professional experience

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LL.B, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1960
BS, The University of Texas, 1956

Jim was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1960. While in law school, Jim was a member of the Texas Law Review, the Order of the Coif, and Phi Delta Phi.

  • Texas State Bar
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
  • J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award (distinguished service to the public), Texas Appleseed, 2012
  • Outstanding Fifty Year Lawyer Award, Texas Bar Foundation, 2011
  • Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award (for extraordinary contribution to process of Litigation), American College of Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Award for Legal Public Service, ADL Karen Susman Jurisprudence, 2010
  • James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award, Houston Bar Association, 2009
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Lifetime of Excellence Advocacy Award, Texas Assoc. of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2009
  • National Fellows Award, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2007
  • Legacy Award, South Texas School of Law, 2006
  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Texas Law School, 2005
  • President's Award, State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • Leon Green Award, Texas Law Review Association, 2004
  • The Best Lawyers in America, business litigation law, Best Lawyers, 1983 - 2004
  • The Best Lawyers in America, personal injury law, Best Lawyers, 1983 - 2004
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics & HBA Award for Professional Excellence, Houston Bar Association, 2000
  • Judge Sam Williams Award (outstanding contributions to the profession), State Bar of Texas, 1995
  • One of the one hundred Legal Legends in Texas, Texas Lawyer, ALM Properties, 1992
  • Gene Cavin Award (for outstanding performance of statewide continuing legal education), State Bar of Texas, 1989
  • President's and Board of Director's Award (for outstanding contributions to the Bar, the profession and the community), Houston Bar Association, 1984
  • Who's Who in the World, Marquis
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis

In addition to speaking and writing on litigation and liability issues, Jim has published in excess of 40 law review and legal treatise articles. Among these are:

  • Co-Author, Texas Torts and Remedies, Six-Volume Series, Matthew Bender & Co. (1986) (and Supp.)
  • "Product Liability Law in Texas", Houston Law Review, 1985
  • The Texas Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, Chair 2003-2009 (Chair Emeritus 2009)
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates (1981-2003)
    • Committee on Products, General Liability and Consumer Law, Former Vice-Chair 
  • American Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow and Former State Chair
  • State Bar of Texas, Former Chair of the Board (1985-1986), and Past President (1988-1989)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow, Chair of Board of Trustees (1993)
  • Houston Bar Association, Former President (1980-1981)
  • Houston Bar Foundation, First Chair of the Board (1982-1983)
  • Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (State Chair 1994-1997)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Former V.P. 
  • Texas Law Review Association, Past President and Former Director 
  • The South Texas School of Law Board of Trustees, Trustee (1982 to 2005)