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James A. Collura

James A. Collura



  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Distressed Investing

WSG Practice Industries



Jim Collura has a nationwide energy and construction complex litigation practice in which he has litigated to verdict or award hundreds of millions of dollars in claims.

Jim has been the lead counsel on hundreds of matters. His experience includes trials in state and federal courts across the country. Jim has represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio and his home state of Texas. Jim also has extensive experience litigating in domestic and international arbitration, as well as regulatory matters.

Jim’s core expertise is complex litigation. This includes a wide range of experience in the construction and oil & gas industries. This includes claims involving merger and acquisition disputes, commercial ownership disputes, fraud, covenant not to compete enforcement and defense, theft of trade secrets, commercial construction disputes, partnership claims. oil and gas matters, business torts, catastrophic torts and indemnity claims. Jim’s clients range from new start-up organizations to companies with a global reach.

In addition to litigation, Jim advises clients in a manner that reduces their exposure to litigation and helps bring their long-term business goals to fruition with proactive legal guidance. For example, he has assisted clients with commercial matters and frequently provides training to oil and gas professionals on the drafting and negotiation of master service agreements and commercial terms.

In October 2016, Jim helped start Bradley’s first Texas office in Houston. He currently serves as the Houston representative on the firm’s Managing Board.

A frequent lecturer on oil and gas commercial law topics, Jim presented at the 2016 International Association of Drilling Contractors Contracts & Risk Management Conference. He has also provided a presentation to the Houston Bar Association Litigation Section on recent changes to the law of covenants not to compete.

Jim has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law since 2018. He has also been listed in Texas Super Lawyers multiple times and was named a Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” five times. Jim is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2004
  • Georgia, 1998

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1998, with distinction; Order of the Barristers; Allen Moot Court Rounds Champion; National Moot Court Team; National Mock Trial Team
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S., 1995, Innocents Society; ASUN Student Senator; President Sigma Phi Epsilon
Areas of Practice

Construction | Distressed Investing | Energy | International and Cross Border | Litigation | Oil and Gas Law


Non-Compete Agreement Series: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Don’t) About Covenants Not to Compete - Mississippi
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The next state in our series exploring non-compete agreements is the Magnolia State, Mississippi. Unlike Texas and Louisiana, Mississippi’s noncompete laws are purely creatures of the common law.  Mississippi has no statutory scheme in place governing covenants not to compete. For this chapter we are joined by my partners Justin Scott and Slates Veazey...

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