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. His practice includes retail operations, insurance recovery, healthcare, product liability, mass torts, 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 an associate representative for the firm’s Black Lawyer Network and 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.
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.
Continuously represents industrial firms in product liability and mass tort disputes.
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
Awards and Affiliations
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)