James W. Knowles (Jim)

Admitted Texas Bar: 1966

One American Center
909 ESE Loop 323, Suite 410
Tyler, Texas 75701

903-534-3806 (facsimile)

Legal Assistant:
Rhonda Robison

James W. Knowles (Jim) is an attorney-mediator in Tyler, Texas.  He has a BBA in accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas (1963), and, in 1966, received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from SMU Law School.  His rating with Martindale Hubbell is “AV”, having been achieved in the first year of eligibility.

In 1992, having participated in several large mediated cases as a representative, Jim developed an interest in ADR, and commenced formal training as a professional mediator in 1993 through the American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc., in Dallas, Texas.  In 1995, he completed the Advanced Mediation Practice course at the Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.  In addition, Jim took the introductory Arbitration Training course with the American Arbitration Association.  He is presently a member of the Certified Panel of Mediators for the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

From 1966 to 1969 Jim was with the U.S. Treasury Department, then from 1969 to 1972 he served in the Justice Department as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.  From 1972 until August, 2008, he practiced law in Tyler as a partner and shareholder in the Wilson Law Firm.  Jim is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Tax Court, the Texas Supreme Court and all State Courts of Texas.

Over the past forty years of practice, Jim has experience in many areas, including litigation, both civil and white collar criminal, and also general business transactions, bankruptcy, tax, wills, estates, oil and gas, environmental, labor, municipality, and governmental regulations, among others.  Past civic involvement has included service on numerous church and community boards and project committees, among which was Chairman of the Administrative Board of Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.

Knowles served in 2008 as National President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, Inc. and remains active in the organization as a past president.  He is a charter member of The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court.  Previously he has served as President of the Smith County Bar Association, Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee for District 2A, and served on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District appointed pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.  He has served on the councils of both the Oil and Gas Section, and the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas.  His ADR practice reaches the entire East Texas area and the various metropolitan areas of the State as well.  Each year since 2004 Jim has received peer recognition by being named as a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Texas Monthly Magazine, and since 2008 has been named among Best Lawyers in America, in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Presently he spends considerable time working in the practice area of intellectual property cases, having mediated many such cases primarily emanating from the Eastern District of Texas.  Some such cases have been mediated, however, which were pending in other states, including California, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan.

Mr. Knowles has completed over approximately 2,500 mediations to date.  These have involved cases in state and federal court and in federal bankruptcy court.  Parties and issues have ranged from private disputes to governmental entities and have involved regulatory matters, penalties, property rights, patents, copyright, trade secrets, contractual rights, toxic torts, bodily injuries, and damage amounts ranging into the hundreds of millions of dollars.  In addition, there has been completion of a statewide global settlement of toxic tort claims pending in multiple jurisdictions in Texas and several other toxic tort cases, altogether encompassing several thousand individual claims.  Geographical area of practice has included the entire East Texas area, the Dallas metropolitan area, and out of state on occasion to accommodate the parties.

Education & Training:

            - Association of Attorney Mediators

            - Introductory Arbitration Training, American Arbitration Association

            - Advanced Mediation Practice, Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law.


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