James Ames | Attorney

My strength as an advocate comes from my emphasis on listening to my clients and fighting for the outcome they truly want. You will find many lawyers pay lip service to their promises to communicate with and listen to their clients but fail to follow through on those promises. This prevents them from ever being effective advocates for their clients. I focus on being easy to contact, keeping my clients apprised of ongoing case matters, and consulting my clients regularly on their goals because goals may change as the case moves along. Unlike many case mills that you see advertising on TV and on billboards, I accept fewer cases and tirelessly work them to maximize the outcome for my client. While we might not always have to go to trial, we will always be ready for trial.

I have lived my entire life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While attending junior college at night, I worked full-time at a bagel shop where we would start baking at 3:30 in the morning. It is here that I learned that some of your best work can be done early in the morning and that a human being, and a cat, can survive entirely on a diet of bagels. From there I transferred to SMU where I received an undergraduate in political science and a minor in psychology. I was one of two seniors awarded as an Outstanding Scholar. I had a previous career in banking—concentrating on portfolio management and financial sales—and then went on to the SMU Dedman School of Law and graduated cum laude (which apparently means “with honors,” just harder to say). I was also a member of the Science and Technology Law Review.

I was lucky to find my calling in the first year of law school while working as a law clerk in a large personal injury trial firm—The Noteboom Firm in Hurst, Texas. I would have many internship experiences, including the Tarrant and Rockwall County District Attorneys’ offices, but none compared to the satisfaction gained by tangibly changing people’s lives for the better through trial work. Whether allowing a child burn victim to afford the care he needs to live a comfortable life, obtaining a bicycle wreck recovery that allowed a 27 year old client to pay all his medical bills and buy his first motor vehicle, or helping a family fight for what they are owed after the tragic and wrongful death of a father, plaintiff-focused trial law has been rewarding and worthwhile.

I currently live in Flower Mound with my wife and 5-year old son. For hobbies, I enjoy woodworking and vegetable/fruit gardening as well as bike riding with my son and camping. Woodworking has taught me attention to detail, creative thought processes, and perseverance that has been invaluable in my legal career. Moreover, it has given me a familiarity with tools and tool safety which is helpful in construction and machine shop injuries as well as products liability claims.

This is all a long way of saying that Samples Ames is the trial firm to advocate for you. We will work together from the moment Samples Ames takes your case to make sure you are prepared for every step of the process and that your case is positioned correctly from day one to achieve the best possible outcome for you. If you would like to contact me directly with a question or for any other reason, please feel free to text or call at 817-729-2063 or by email at james@texaslit.com.