James “Jim” W. Henges Shareholder

Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, Austin
  • t: 409-209-4287
  • JamesHenges@MehaffyWeber.com

James Henges (“Jim”) is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an AV Rated attorney with over twenty years of experience in civil litigation. He practices in state and federal courts across Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Although experienced in many facets of civil litigation, Jim primarily practices in the areas of labor & employment law, insurance defense (first and third party), and construction law and possesses first chair trial experience in each of these areas. Jim is active in a number of civic organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary International. Jim is the father of three sons.   

Jim was awarded an LL.M. in Labor & Employment Law from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 1996. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University Law School, where he graduated cum laude, in 1994. While in law school, Jim served as the Notes & Comments editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review and was also a member of the Moot Court Board. Jim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in 1990. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and earned the Distinguished Student Award.

Jim’s experience in insurance law includes all facets of first and third party practice. His first party practice includes litigating cases involving property, commercial and automobile policies, drafting coverage opinions, coverage and indemnity litigation, (including initiation of declaratory judgment actions), and providing legal guidance in claim investigation – particularly in fire and suspicious loss cases (including examinations under oath). He has provided legal representation in over 1,000 hurricane lawsuits, including those arising from Hurricanes Rita, Humberto, Ike, and Harvey. His third-party practice includes defense of constitutional tort claims, automobile and tractor trailer accidents, construction site accidents, (including those involving cranes, scaffolding, and heavy equipment), premises liability claims, and product liability cases.

Jim’s employment law practice includes defense of litigated cases (including cases brought under the ADA, ADEA, ERISA, FMLA, Title VII, and the Texas Labor Code), advising clients and providing counsel on labor and employment issues, (including discharge or discipline of employees, labor relations issues, and grievances), and drafting materials for clients related to labor and employment law (including employment manuals, contracts, non-competition agreements and other documents). He also represents employers in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law School, 1996
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Labor & Employment Law
    • Certificate in Employee Benefits Law
  • Oklahoma City University Law School, 1994
    • Juris Doctor- cum laude
    • Notes and Comments Editor of Oklahoma City University Law Review
    • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
    • Moot Court Board
  • Texas A&M University, 1990
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Member Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
    • Distinguished Student Award, 1989
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Employment Law Section – Texas State Liaison
    • Insurance Law Section
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Risk Insurance Management Society – Houston Chapter
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
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