James Nortey is a trial lawyer who litigates and negotiates high-stakes commercial disputes on behalf of clients before US federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies. He represents and advises clients on trade secret, cybersecurity, data protection, privacy, and consumer protection matters. His practice includes retail operations, insurance recovery, product liability, and pro bono matters. James has experience with all phases of the litigation process, from pre-complaint investigations through trial and appeals, and has tried and won both jury and bench trials. He is a co-leader of the Mobilizing for Equality Community Engagement and Volunteerism Working Group.
James also provides strategic legal, business, and policy advice to clients in contested matters. He works to develop and implement cost-efficient risk management strategies to leverage value-added benefit to clients based on their business needs. He is a member of the firm’s retail, privacy, and cybersecurity practices as well as its class action working group.
James understands the unique issues and challenges facing retail, e-commerce, and other consumer-facing companies, and routinely advises these clients on a variety of legal, regulatory, and operational matters. He works closely with clients on retail operations and compliance, including the launch of brick-and-mortar stores across the United States and e-commerce platforms. He also counsels retail and consumer-facing clients on electronic shelf pricing labels, gift cards, marketing and advertising, price comparison, fraud prevention, and privacy and data security compliance.
Successfully represented a multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation in an arbitration proceeding regarding a constructive fraud and fraudulent transfer case.
Continuously advises e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail firms in assessing business/regulatory requirements in various state and local United States jurisdictions.
Successfully represented energy consumers in rate cases before administrative agencies.
Successfully represented applicant before Department of Homeland Security US Citizenship and Immigration Service and obtained decision for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Successfully represented low-income tenants against unscrupulous practices in housing disputes.
University of Texas, 2015, M.A., Technology Commercialization
Harvard Law School, 2011, J.D.
Baylor University, 2008, B.A., Philosophy
Supreme Court of the United States
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Recipient, Houston Business Journal Outstanding Diversity Champion (2022)
Recipient, Greater Austin Black Chamber Emerging Leader Award (2015)
Recipient, Leadership Austin: Ascendant Award (2014)
Recipient, Austin Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Lawyer Award (2014)
Recipient, Dean’s Award for Community Leadership, Harvard Law School (2011)
McBee Fellow, Austin Area Research Organization (2017)