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Scott H. James
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Scott joined the JHS team after taking a break from the private practice of law to co-found Texas Endurance Sports, LLC d/b/a Bicycle World.  During his time as CEO and General Counsel of Texas Endurance Sports, Scott helped lead an expansion that involved the acquisition or opening of seven (7) recreational retail locations throughout the state of Texas.  Under his oversight, the company more than doubled its annual gross sales in only nineteen months.  His success in the business industry, in addition to having his MBA, gives Scott the practical experience necessary to assist his clients in all aspects of their business litigation and transactional needs. 

Scott was also a founding partner of Scanes, Routh & James, LLP where Scott’s legal practice was focused primarily on business litigation, eminent domain/condemnation, real estate litigation, and oil and gas law. 

In the courtroom, Scott has handled and tried a wide variety of complex litigation matters on both sides of the docket.  His deep expertise in land ownership, land management, and oil and gas law gives him a unique and valuable perspective on the dynamic nature of real estate litigation matters.  Scott has fully prosecuted condemnation matters for many Texas landowners. Scott is known by his clients and other attorneys for his energy and tireless work ethic.

Scott graduated from Baylor Law School as the highest-ranking student in his commencement class, having already graduated as the highest ranking student in his MBA commencement class.  During his legal career, Scott has been named to the Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star list eight times (2007-2009, 2011-2015)  by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service.  

Scott is married to Lee Ann and they have three children: Jonah, Ainsley, and Juliana.  Lee Ann was the second highest-ranking graduate of her Baylor Law School commencement class and is also a practicing attorney in Texas. 

Scott is deeply involved in the Greater Waco community.  He is proud to currently serve as a Deacon at Harris Creek Baptist Church, on the Board of Directors of Legacy Outfitters Ministry, and on the Board of Directors of the Waco Triathlon Club.  Scott is also an accomplished endurance sports athlete having competed in IronMan Galveston 70.3, IronMan Austin 70.3, IronMan Texas, and the IronMan North American Championships.

Scott’s favorite activities include:

  • Spending time with his family;
  • Coaching his kids in sports;
  • Hunting;
  • Fishing;
  • Land management; and
  • Competing in triathlons, marathons, and other endurance races.

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Serious Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: - Highest Ranking student in commencement class
    • Honors: - National Mock Trial Competitor
    • Honors: - Order of the Barristers
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
    • M.B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: - Highest Ranking student in commencement class
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • B.A.
    • Major: Telecommunications - Film and Media

Classes/Seminars

  • “Litigating Terms and Values for Easements and Condemnation”, Key Note speaker at Magnolia, Arkansas Landowner’s Conference
  • Speaker at 6th Timberland Investment World Summit – New York City

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, 2007-2009, 2011-2015
  • McLennan County Young Lawyer of the Year- 2009 as selected by the McLennan County Young Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, 2002
  • Texas Bar Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (past member)
  • Director of Region 12/Central Texas High School Mock Trial Tournament (2007-2009)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Harris Creek Baptist Church, Deacon and Life Group Leader
  • Legacy Outfitters, Inc., Legal Counsel to National Board of Directors , 2003 to 2014
  • Legacy Outfitters, Inc., Leadership team and Committee Member , 2003 to 2012
  • American Red Cross Board Member , 2002 to 2005
  • Waco Triathlon Club, Board of Directors – Vice-President
  • Waco Sports Commission – Exploratory Committee and Advisory Board

Peer Recognition

Other lawyers recognize the value JHS is bringing to its clients. All three of JHS’s founding partners have been recognized by their peers as top lawyers in Texas in their respective practice areas.

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