Overview

Andrea Y. James is a Houston attorney and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. James focuses her practice in the area of general civil litigation and labor and employment.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. James was an attorney in the Honors Program with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In her role there, Ms. James served as lead counsel in multiple unfair labor practice trials. In addition she handled drafting motions, pleadings and briefs, oral argument, decision writing and settlement negotiations.

While in law school, Ms. James was a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Susan M. Chehardy of Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and she served as a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinic. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Tulane University Law School, where she teaches a course in the online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law Program.

Experience

  • Represented a nonprofit client in obtaining a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit involving a race discrimination case brought against them; won summary judgement in the case earlier in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Represented a nonprofit client in obtaining a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit involving a pregnancy discrimination case brought against them; won summary judgement in the case earlier in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Handled healthcare coverage and payment disputes between providers and managed-care entities as well as insurers in multiple venues across Texas
  • Secured a temporary injunction for a celebrity client in unconscionable contract litigation
  • Secured a temporary injunction for an oil pipeline company in a right-of-first refusal matter that resulted in a favorable out-of-court settlement
  • Secured an injunction and favorable settlement on behalf of a crude oil pipeline company in a regulatory matter concerning interstate pipeline rates

Credentials

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Houston, M.Ed., summa cum laude
  • University of Michigan, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Memberships
  • Teach for America, Alumni
  • Teach for America, Junior Board Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Publications

Speaking Engagements