James "Jim" W. Henges

Senior Counsel

Jim Henges 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, Mr. Henges served as the Notes and 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.

Mr. Henges practices in the areas of insurance defense (first & third party), labor and employment law, constitutional law and civil rights, construction law, personal injury defense, and torts. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Henges is AV Rated by Martindale Hubble and is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Mr. Henges’ insurance experience 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 500 hurricane lawsuits, including those arising from Hurricanes Rita, Humberto and Ike. 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.

Mr. Henges’ employment law practice includes defense of litigated cases (including cases brought under the ADA, ADEA, ERISA, FMLA, Title VII, and the Texas Labor Code), representation in workers' compensation matters (including retaliation claims), 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.

Practice Emphasis

  • Civil Litigation
  • Constitutional Law / Civil Rights
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Torts

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

Court Admissions:

  • State Bar of Texas

Honors and Distinctions

  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® PreeminentTM

Professional Associations

  • 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

Email
(409) 241-7252
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