James McInerny

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446

Jim McInerny is a partner in the Firm’s Houston office and is frequently called upon to assist in all manners of employment-related legal issues. In over 30 years of practice, he’s counseled businesses, individuals, and government agencies in matters such as wrongful termination, wage and hour, discrimination, and workers’ compensation. He’s worked with federal agencies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and state agencies such as the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Department of Insurance. James also has extensive experience in toxic torts and personal injury matters, including oil field and plant explosions and car wrecks.

While Jim is a skilled litigator, many of his clients rely on him as an in-house counsel on employment matters. He provides assistance with investigations, offers general advice on state and federal employment law, and assists clients with day-to-day procedures that help them avoid charges of discrimination and litigation. He is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a certification less than 10% of lawyers in the state are able to achieve. To be Board Certified, a lawyer must have spent a minimum of five years in their area of practice and attend regular continuing education courses. This, as well as Jim’s success at both the state and federal levels have made him a highly sought-after legal advisor. In situations where litigation becomes unavoidable, Jim often does the heavy lifting in preparing the case, researching, drafting briefs and motions, and presenting to judges and juries.

While Jim’s goal is always to resolve his clients’ issues as quickly as possible, they’ve come to appreciate his keeping them informed about the status of claims, even in situations where a charge is pending before an administrative agency, or a judge has not ruled on a motion. Jim understands how important any litigation is to a client, and he keeps them involved and informed at each step of the process. The relationships he’s built in the Texas legal community over the years provide another avenue to break gridlock and bring matters to an expedient close.

When not at work, James enjoys traveling, and he and his wife are currently working their way through America’s National Parks. He’s also an avid runner with several marathons under his belt.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Insurance
  • Labor and Employment
  • Premises Liability
  • State Workers’ Compensation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1987
  • M.A., Middlebury College, 1984
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1979

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors and Distinctions

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2023

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)