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Rob James is a litigator whose practice consists primarily of litigation of complex commercial, contract, tort, products liability and insurance matters. He also provides insurance and risk management consultation and representation to insurance companies, rental car companies and other business insureds and self-insured companies.

In the area of tort law, Mr. James handles litigation in a variety of contexts, including hospital, physician, nursing home, and other health care liability, abuse and molestation liability, trucking and other vehicular accidents, product liability including vehicles, consumer products and asbestos litigation, real estate and construction torts, extra-contractual insurance bad faith claims, premises liability, environmental/toxic tort claims, wrongful death and general personal injury.

Mr. James’ commercial and contract practice includes representation of insurance companies and businesses in insurance policy coverage matters, representation of rental car companies in various risk management and business contexts, and representation of individuals and businesses in contract and commercial matters, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and construction. 

Mr. James also serves as a mediator in litigated and non-litigated claims and disputes, from relatively simple matters, to complex multi-party matters involving diverse subject matter and a wide range of types of claims.  He also devotes a portion of his practice to representing corporate and non-profit taxpayers in ad valorem tax matters, including appeals.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

International Association of Defense Counsel

Advanced Mediation Certification by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School

Oklahoma Supreme Court Certified Mediator

Tulsa Early Settlement Mediation Panel

Oklahoma and Tulsa County Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member

Tulsa County Bar Association Professional Responsibility Committee 2001 - 2002 and Young Lawyers Division Board 1998

Board of Advocates, University of Arkansas

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors 1999

Dean's List, University of Arkansas

National Moot Court Team (Best Brief, 3rd Overall), University of Arkansas

Order of the Barristers

Regional Negotiation Team, University of Arkansas 1994

Community & Professional

Tulsa County Bar Association

Arkansas Bar Association

Oklahoma Bar Association

American Bar Association (Litigation, TIPS, ADR)

Council Oak - Johnson Sontag Chapter American Inns of Court

Defense Research Institute

Oklahoma Supreme Court Certified Mediator

Advanced Mediation Certification by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School

Tulsa Early Settlement Mediation Panel Member

Booker T. Washington High School Swim Booster Club Board Member and Benefactor

Booker T. Washington Foundation Member and Benefactor

USA Cycling Competitive Racer

Education

University of Arkansas, J.D., 1995; B.S.B.A., 1992

Admissions

  • Arkansas - 1996
  • Oklahoma - 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas - 2004
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. of Oklahoma - 1996
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Oklahoma - 1996
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. of Oklahoma - 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit - 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit - 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court - 2001
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