Alternate Biographies
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • United States Military Academy, B.S., 1977
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1985
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit
James L. Sowder
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Partner, Section Head - Commercial Litigation
700 North Pearl Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor - Plaza of the Americas
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-871-8267 direct  |  214-871-8209 fax
Jackie Beavers
214-880-2645 direct

Jim Sowder defends architects and engineers relating to professional liability claims, breach of contract, and deception trade practice claims. His experience includes litigation and arbitrations concerning design defects, and responding to complaints filed with state professional licensing boards.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained settlement for architect in class action alleging violation of its federal and state disability acts.
  • Obtained settlement for design engineer in water detection system affecting 12 homes.
  • Obtained summary judgment for claims asserted against forensic engineer for professional negligence.
  • Coordinated defense counsel in multiple homeowner and commercial claims for storm damage against engineer arising from Hurricane Katrina.

Professional and Community Activities
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • United States Army, 5 years - Captain
Speeches and Presentations
  • Discovery Issues Affecting Forensic Engineering, HAAG Engineering
  • Mechanics and Materialman’s Liens in Texas, HAAG Engineering
Professional Recognition
  • Law & Politics magazine's Texas Super Lawyers® - Super Lawyer for Business Litigation– 2011-2014
  • “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell