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James Bertsch began practicing law with Touchstone Bernays in 1983 and has been a partner since 1990. James has represented clients in matters involving personal injury, construction law, medical malpractice, health care, professional malpractice, products liability, premises liability, trucking litigation, taxi cab litigation, insurance defense, mold litigation, and general civil litigation. James has been appointed by courts to act as a guardian ad litem and as a mediator. James completed formal mediation training in 2010 and is actively involved in the ADR/mediation process.


Honors & Awards

Texas Super Lawyer – 2012 (construction litigation),2011 (construction litigation), 2010 (construction litigation), 2009 (personal injury defense),2008 (personal injury defense), 2006 (medical malpractice)


Professional Affiliations

Texas Bar Association (T.B.A.)
Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Inc. (T.A.D.C.)
Defense Research Institute (D.R.I.)
Texas Association of Mediators (T.A.M.)



Southern Methodist University Law School, J.D. 1983 Dallas, Texas;
Southern Methodist University, B.A, Major: Political Science 1980;
Mediation Training in Dispute Resolution Techniques (2010);
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.



State Bar of Texas (1983)
U. S. District Court Northern District (1984)
U. S. District Court Eastern District (1986)
U. S. District Court Western District (1991)


Personal Information

Born Houston, Texas, November 30, 1958. Resident of Mesquite, Texas. Married to Rhonda, with two adult children (Chris, U.T. ’06 and Kyle, Texas A&M ’09). Valley Creek Church of Christ; member and former deacon at Seagoville Church of Christ.





Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 65%
    12 years
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    32 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    5 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($175-250/hour)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Stephen Lee Daniel

    Excellent lawyer. Highly recommended.


    Stephen Daniel Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Touchstone, Bernays Attorneys at Law

Dallas, TX, 75270


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198309/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerTouchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall & Smith1983 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Association of Mediators (TAM)Member2010 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1983 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselMember1983 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember1983 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Successful in multiple Jury Trials over a span of 30 years.Successful Jury Verdicts
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Southern Methodist UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Texas Law UpdateTexas Law2012