Civil Trial Litigation,Oil and Gas Litigation,Business Litigation
James E. Key

 About James

James Key is a civil trial attorney. His litigation practice is focused primarily on complex commercial and business matters, oil and gas, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes. James’ commercial and business litigation practice involves representing real estate developers, financial institutions, and shareholders and partners in closely held entities such as limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and close-corporations. His oil and gas litigation practice includes representing clients in lease maintenance disputes, lease termination disputes, surface disputes over operations and environmental matters, royalty disputes, conveyancing and title disputes, and disputes involving joint operations and co-tenancy issues.

James is recognized annually by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Tarrant County. He has an active trial practice. James has secured significant settlements and judgments for plaintiffs and has successfully defended numerous cases with substantial, multi-million dollar claims. He has represented clients in matters throughout Texas, California, North Dakota, and Arkansas, as well as oil and gas clients with operations in the Gulf of Mexico. James is admitted to practice before all Texas trial and appellate courts, the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. James has pro hac vice admissions in California and Arkansas.

Representative Cases

  • EOG Resources, Inc. vs. Hurt, 357 S.W.3d 144 (Tex.App.--Fort Worth 2011, pet. denied)
  • Trinity East Energy, Inc. vs. St. Paul Surplus Lines Insurance Company, Civil No. 4:11-CV-814-Y (N.D. Tex. filed Oct. 19, 2011)
  • Burzynski vs. Range Resources Corporation, Cause No. 30638, 12th Judicial District, Grimes County, Texas
  • Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. vs. Novosad, Cause No. 25,442, 21st Judicial District, Burleson County, Texas
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. vs. Parker, Cause No. 48-237709-09, 48th Judicial District, Tarrant County, Texas
  • American Stone, Inc. vs. Faulkner et al., Cause No. 352-191992-02, 352nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Roten vs. EOG Resources, Inc., Cause No. C200500394, 413th District Court, Johnson County, Texas
  • Stalnaker vs. Thomas W. Lett et al., Cause No. 04-09-0402 M-CV, 97th District Court, Montague County, Texas
  • Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP v. Dalton Bend Ranch, Ltd., Cause No. C41407, 29th District Court, Palo Pinto County, Texas
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Jet Express Couriers, Inc., Cause No. 05-11671-F, 116th District Court, Dallas County, Texas


  • James E. Key, The Right to Royalty:  Pooling and the Capture of Unburdened Interests, 17. Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 69 (2010)


Pro Hac Vice Admissions

  • Case No. CV-16-28, styled, "Union Pacific Railroad Company vs. Seeco, Inc.," Arkansas Court of Appeals - 2016
  • Case No. BC322066, styled "Josh Todd vs. Todd a Meagher, et al.," Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles, County, California. - 2010

Additional Highlights

  • Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. Executive Committee (2016present)
  • Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Barrister, Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
  • Named Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine (2006–2009)
  • Top Attorneys (Civil Litigation) (2011) - Fort Worth, Texas magazine
  • Top Attorney by 360 West  magazine (20172018)
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Law Clerk to Justice Dixon W. Holman, 2nd Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999-2000
  • Graduate, Texas Wesleyan University (JD, magna cum laude, 1999)
    • Law Review, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Graduate, Texas Christian University (MBA, 1996)
  • Graduate, Texas Tech University (BA, cum laude, 1994)
  • Board Member, Cross Timbers Chapter of Quail Unlimited (2007–2009)
  • Founding Member, Cross Timbers Quail Coalition (2010)
  • Executive Committee, Cross Timbers Quail Coalition (2010–present)
  • Advisory Council Member - Texas Parks & Wildlife Stewards of the Wild - Fort Worth (2015–present)
  • 2016 - recovered more than $6.7 million in settlements and judgments for clients
  • 2017 - recovered more than $17.4 million in settlements and judgments for clients
  • 2018 - recovered more than $28.8 million in settlements and judgments for clients