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Awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the country’s leading legal directory. He achieved the highest possible rating (5.0 out of 5.0). The rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States. This designation is a widely respected mark of achievement; it differentiates an attorney from his or her competition. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of an attorney’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of attorneys by other members of the bar and the judiciary. The AV® Preeminent™ Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale, and is established on a peer-review basis. It signifies that Mr. Williams has been rated as having the best possible scores for legal abilities and ethical standards. It is a nationally-recognized acknowledgment of an attorney’s accomplishments and skills, and is known to position him or her among the elite practitioners in the country.


Mr. Williams was awarded a Top Attorney Rating by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in 2014. He is listed as one of Tarrant County’s Top Lawyers in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2002, Insurance Defense category.


He was also awarded a  “Superb” Rating by AVVO (a perfect score of 10.0 out of 10.0), a Top Attorney rating calculated using a mathematical model that evaluates relevant data in an attorney’s profile, including experience, disciplinary history, professional achievements, client reviews, peer reviews and industry recognition .The rating system periodically collects background data from multiple sources, including state bar associations, court records, lawyer websites, and other information, and is considered a premier consumer dedicated attorney rating system.

Mr. Williams is also a Member of the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM Alliance), an alliance comprised of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and insurance defense attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.


Additionally, American Registry LLC, has named James L. Williams to The Registry™ of Business and Professional Excellence.


Williams, McClure & Parmelee provides a broad range of legal services with concentration in the areas of insurance defense litigation and business representation. Our attorneys have over 90 years of combined legal experience. The firm has extensive experience in business and insurance company representation including insurance defense, construction law, transportation law, workers' compensation defense and employment law defense. Our firm places special emphasis on representation of insurance companies, third party administrators (TPA's) and assisting insurance claims management and claims personnel. Williams, McClure & Parmelee combines large firm performance with small firm relationships and small firm fees. Williams, McClure & Parmelee is a preferred law firm for the Insurance Management Institute Insurance Law List. The firm is recommended counsel of the Directory of American Business & Insurance Attorneys (ABIA). The firm includes an Associate Member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) as well as a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). We are also a listed Insurance Defense Law Firm by Casualty Adjusters Guide (CAG). Attorneys at Williams, McClure & Parmelee have litigated cases before state administrative agencies, state courts, federal agencies, federal courts and the American Arbitration Association. 


Williams, McClure & Parmelee has also been recognized for excellence in adherence to the highest professional standards and integrity by Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
    25 years
  2. Construction & Development: 25%
    25 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 25%
    25 years
  4. Litigation: 25%
    25 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael P. Mcgartland

    I have known Jim for years and had the pleasure of working with him in the past. Jim is an excellent lawyer who is dedicated to his clients and aggressive in pursuing justice for them. I highly recommend and endorse Jim for anyone defending a seriously injury or high exposure case in Texas.


    Michael Mcgartland Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
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  • John Akard Jr.

    Jim is a man of character and integrity on top of being a truly gifted lawyer.


    John Akard Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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Contact info

Williams, McClure & Parmelee

5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX, 76112


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198910/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2015
AV Preeminent® Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Attorney Litigation/ SuperbAVVO2014
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2014
Selected AttorneyNational List of Attorneys2014
Selected Preferred Member AttorneyClaims and Litigation Managment Alliance (CLM)2013
Special CommissionerTarrant County2011
Designated Expert Witness in Texas Workers' Compensation LawMultiple Issues2005
Top Lawyers, Insurance DefenseFort Worth, Texas Magazine2002
Preferred Panel CounselNational Insurance Carrier1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President & Managing PartnerWilliams, McClure & Parmelee2015 - Present
PresidentWilliams, Lacy, McClure & Parmelee2012 - 2015
President and Managing PartnerWilliams, McClure & Parmelee2001 - 2012
Of CounselChappell, Hill & Lowrance1998 - 2001
PrincipalChappell & McGartland1994 - 1998
Associate AttorneyRiddles, McGrath & Greenberg1990 - 1994
Assistant City AttorneyDallas City Attorney's Office1989 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
National List of AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
Risk And Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)Associate Member2013 - Present
The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)N/A2013 - Present
Grapevine High School Football Booster ClubN/A2012 - Present
The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose Insurance OrganizationN/A2012 - Present
DFW Council of Safety ProfessionalsN/A2010 - Present
Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)N/A2006 - 2014
Subrogation Association of North TexasN/A2005 - 2014
Texas Association of Non SubscribersN/A2001 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Referral ServiceN/A2001 - Present
Workers’ Compensation Section, State Bar of TexasN/A2001 - Present
Insurance Law Section, State Bar of TexasN/A2001 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselMember2001 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2001 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Young Lawyers AssociationN/A1994 - 1996
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1991 - 1991
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stell v. MooreDefense Victory
Velesco v KenworthSuccessful defense with appeal
Pickens v A&WDefense victory with appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education ServicesWorkers' Compensation Defenses2001
Lorman Education ServicesAdjudication of Workers Compensation Claims in District Court2000
Lorman Education ServicesRecent Appeals Panel and Case Law Update2000
Lorman Education ServicesNon-Subscriber Issues and Update2000
The ExaminerSupplemental Income Benefits Based on Ratable Impairment1997
Claims EducationalClaims Investigations and the Witness Statement1995
Client CommunicationsDo’s and Don’ts of Depositions1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Washington and Lee University School of LawEconomics (Cum Laude)BA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Washington and Lee University School of LawAmerican History (Cum Laude)BA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workers Compensation SeminarDefenses to Workers Compensation2001
Claims ConferenceMediation Strategies for Insurance Claims1998
Claims Organization SessionsEvaluating Personal Injury Damages1997
Claims UniversityAutomobile Accidents and the Claims Adjuster1993