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Claire James is a member of the firm's family law and commercial litigation practice groups.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
    • Divorce
    • Modifications
    • Enforcement and contempt
    • Child custody and visitation
    • Child support
    • Premarital and post-marital agreements
    • Adoption
    • Spousal support and maintenance
    • Complex property division
  • Commercial and Employment Litigation
  • Construction Litigation

Professional Associations

  • State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers


  • JD, cum laude, Southern Methodist University (2012)
  • B.S. (Psychology), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

In our post-Obergefell world, it is expected that the courts will be grappling with a variety of same-sex family law issues.  One group of such issues relates to artificial reproductive technology (“ART”), medical technology used to achieve pregnancy using techniques such as surrogacy, sperm donorship, and in vitro fertilization.

In In re P.S.,

The Austin Court of Appeals recently considered how the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) applies to a Rule 202 petition for pre-suit discovery in a case involving anonymous online speech.  The TCPA requires a court to dismiss a legal action when a movant shows the action relates to the movant’s exercise of free speech rights.  

The Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”) provides for expedited dismissal and interlocutory appeal from a court’s denial of  a motion to dismiss a suit that is based on, relates to, or is in response to a party’s exercise of the right of free speech, right to petition, or right of association.  Tex. Civ. Prac. &