James H. Chesnutt II
has had substantial experience in litigation involving construction
contracts, business and commercial disputes, insurance coverage, toxic
torts, environmental property damage, personal injury, and other
Jim has used his technical background - a physics degree from
Princeton University and five years' engineering employment with
McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now Boeing) prior to law school - in
litigation with technical aspects.
Jim is board certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial
Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jim is certified as a
Jim's representative experience includes:
- Represented a third party defendant boiler construction company
in a substantial commercial claim arising out of the design and
construction of a large industrial boiler.
- Worked on defense of airplane manufacturer in patent
infringement claim asserted against it and others involving
alleged internet patent.
- Defended construction contractor in suit by subcontractor over
airport paving contract.
- Worked on defense of insurance coverage claims asserted by major
breast implant manufacturer against client insurance companies and
other insurers; main case was settled as trial was starting; later
participated in successful appeal in Fifth Circuit involving
abstention and arbitration issues with respect to related claim
asserted by one client insurer in federal court.
- Defended silica producer in multi-plaintiff suit alleging silica
exposure during electronic chip manufacturing caused plaintiffs to
- Defended pipeline company in breach of contract claim by
directional drilling contractor.
- Defended lessor of oil field frac tank in personal injury
lawsuit alleging frac tank was defectively designed; lessor and
co-defendant manufacturer obtained take nothing verdict.
- Defended utility company in numerous premises liability asbestos
lawsuits asserted against utility company and other defendants;
participated in mediations and numerous settlements.
Jim is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the
Defense Research Institute.
Jim attended Princeton University where he earned a Bachelor of
Arts in Physics in 1964.
He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law, LL.B. with
honors in 1971.
He was admitted to practice in Texas in 1972. He is also admitted
to practice in the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and
Southern Districts of Texas and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit
Courts of Appeals.
Jim practices primarily in the firm's office in Beaumont.
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