James Bruce


Bruce L. James has over 43 years’ experience as lead trial and appellate counsel in complex litigation and arbitration matters. He’s represented clients all across Texas, but he started his career in labor and employment law in Houston. There, he represented management in disputes involving a wide range of union and employment disputes as well as companies charged with violations of OSHA. Bruce has represented clients in administrative matters before the NLRB, OSHA, EEOC and TCHR.

An accomplished aviator, Bruce is also heavily involved in commercial litigation matters for companies in the aviation industry. While in Corpus Christi, he represented members of the petro chemical industry in toxic exposure cases, anti-trust claims as well as ad valorem tax evaluation matters in both state and federal courts.

Awards & Recognitions

Named Top Attorney in Civil Law by Fort Worth Magazine, 2009-2022.

Recognized as a Top Attorney by 360 West Magazine 2018 to present

AV-Rated Martindale-Hubbell®: Preeminent™

Areas of Practice

Anti-Trust Law

Aviation Law

Contract Negotiating and Drafting

Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts

Labor & Employment

Libel, Slander and Defamation


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Associations & Memberships

Tarrant County Bar Association






  • JD University of Texas School of Law (1971)
  • BS University of Texas (1969)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Texas Bar (1971)
  • US District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Claims

Whitaker Chalk proudly announces 29 of 36 attorneys selected as “2017 Top Attorneys”

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC proudly announces 29 of our 36 attorneys have been selected as "2017 Top Attorneys in Tarrant...

Bruce James is quoted in the Colleyville Courier regarding the Colleyville Council race

Whitaker Chalk attorney, Bruce James, has been quoted in the Colleyville Courier edition of the Star-Telegram regarding the Colleyville Council...

Whitaker Chalk Lawyers Successfully Defend an Action to Keep Political Client Off Ballot

Tom Harkins and Bruce James have successfully defended an action seeking to keep the political client off the ballot which resulted...