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James R Amschler

Business Attorney at Addison, TX

5.0   5 reviews

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    I was the Asst General Counsel at Carrier Corp for 11 years, Associate General Counsel for Federated Department Stores (now Macy's) for 2 years and General Counsel of PHH Real Estate and Relocation for 10 years. Those jobs gave me a broad experience into every aspect of business law, especially as they were all in different areas of business, a manufacturer, a retailer and a service company that was real estate and service related. I also did mergers and acquisitions for them

    39 years, 100 cases

  2. Arbitration
    I have been an arbitrator for 2 forums for 18 years and have done hundreds of arbitrations. I also am a certified mediator in Texas.

    27 years, 250 cases

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    I have tried cases in Court for years and then was responsible for managing them at the 3 companies I was in house counsel for. I have hired and worked with the best lawyers in the country and have learned mightily from them over the years.

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Antitrust and trade law
    I also taught antitrust at Syracuse Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law to replace the professor who had taken a semester off. It was also one of my specialty areas at Carrier Corp. and Federated Dept. Stores where I was corporate counsel.

    39 years, 10 cases

  5. Contracts and agreements
    As in house counsel I have written distributor agreements, procurement agreements, relocation related contracts, negotiated government contracts for work on nuclear submarines, handled mergers and acquisitions and negotiated the terms thereof and have addressed about every type of contract that is used in business-large of small

    39 years, 300 cases

  6. Litigation
    I have litigated myself several times and have managed litigation for 3 Fortune 500 Companies and have hired the best lawyers in the USA to represent them and have learned a lot from them that I utilize in my practice.

    39 years, 500 cases

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Licensed for 47 years
State NY
Status Delinquent
Acquired 1975
Updated 07/09/2022
State TX
Status Inactive
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/23/2022
State CT
Status Retired
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact James

Amschler & Hacker PC
16801 Addison Road
Suite 124
Addison, TX, 75001


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Posted by Rich | October 22, 2013
Chairman CEO MidWest Bancshares
I have retained Jim on numerous occasions to research complex legal issues pertaining to real estate purchase and ownership issues. Jims guidance how to resolve the legal issues in dispute were very well researched, organized, concise and provided solutions to end the dispute.
Posted by Myles | October 22, 2013
Why you should hire Attorney James Amschler to represent your interests.
I have had a bit of experience in hiring an working with attorneys in business. It is rare that Counsel provides a client with effort that meets and exceeds expectations. I hired Attorney Amschler to help me as a plaintiff in a case involving unfair trade practices, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract. I was up against a very high powered Washington DC law firm. The following are the reasons why Jim has earned my business, trust, confidence, and my highest rating, : Prior to taking on my case, Attorney Amschler was committed to doing thorough research into the matter, the local statutes and practices of the court. Attorney Amschler presented me with practical information, which was well articulated giving me the confidence that he knew what he was doing and that had a clear method for developing a winning strategy. After retaining Attorney Amschler. He spent a great deal of time reviewing the evidence for the case and writing a bulletproof complaint. There was no doubt in my mind that after judicial review of the pleadings the court recognized the merits of the case and swiftly moved the action forward because of real preparedness. Throughout the the process of motions by the Defendants, Attorney Amschler provided leadership and calm resolve. He provided pinpoint accurate case law which refuted all of the defendants false claims. He also provided me with many more hours into my case than he billed. In the end the defense folded in pretrial conference and my settlement was more than twice what I expected, far exceeding the original contract. All I can say is "Thank you Jim!"
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Posted by Peter | October 22, 2013
A Great Legal Adviser
I used Jim as a business contracts attorney many times in my career. Jim Amschler knows the law, but more importantly he knows business. Jim understands that business needs and the law need not be at odds with each other, and he works hard to find ways towards a win-win solution. Ultimately, Jim Amschler goes out of his way to make sure that you, the client are provided prompt and superior service. I gladly recommend Jim to you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2013
Instant peace of mind and confidence
I was instantly at ease when talking to Mr. Jim Amschler. I believed I was being wrongfully sued by a large debt collection firm that purchased an outstanding balance from a company that refused to address my dispute - over 4 years ago. His knowledge and understanding of my case, in a brief amount of time, gave me peace of mind and confidence that I would have a fair day in Court. Mr Amschler is an excellent listener and followed up with me by email to insure that I provided the information he required. I felt calm, organized, and never worried. It was clear what I needed to do and I felt certain that he was focused and available to resolve my case expeditiously.
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Posted by Harvey | October 15, 2013
Hard working, creative and dedicated. Jim will make things happen
Jim is very thorough, he will look at things from every angle and give you a true picture of the situation. You will not have to guess what is happening. Sorry your in need of his services but he will do you well.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Amschler & Hacker PC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Diversified Advisory Services
  • 1997 - 2013
  • Senior VP and General Counsel
  • PHH relocation and Real Estate
  • 1985 - 1997
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Federated Department Stores (Now Macys)
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Syracuse Law School
  • 1982 - 1982
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Carrier Corporation
  • 1974 - 1984
  • Associate
  • Van Cott Bagley Cornwall & McCarthy
  • 1969 - 1974
  • Instructor of Law
  • University Of Wisconsin Madison
  • 1968 - 1969
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  • Stanford Law School
  • LLB
  • 1968
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science (with honors)
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • Dukatt v UBS
  • Ruling in our favor with damages granted as we requested
  • Morton Salt v Southern Pacific Railroad
  • Won twice


  • TheExemplar Award for Outstanding Leadership (Eagle Award)
  • PHH Relocation and Real Estate
  • 1995
  • Number One on Bar Exam
  • State of Utah
  • 1969
  • Finalist
  • Jessup Moot Court Competition
  • 1968

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Litigation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have known Jim since our days at Stanford Law School some years ago. He has been a friend, a colleague and a client (as corporate counsel). Jim is one of the brightest and toughest civil litigators I have come across, and it is my field too. He is decisive, relentless, always thinks of the client first, and shows excellent judgment and instincts in his strategic and tactical approaches to a problem or situation. He is consummate professional in the best sense of the word."
Arbitration Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the brightest, most committed and hardest working individuals that I have ever known. While proficient in the area of Real Estate, he is knowledgible in many other areas of the profession."
Business Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
".I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Amschler is wealth of knowledge. If you want the deal done - he is the guy to do it"

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Addison Business Lawyer James R Amschler
James R Amschler
Business Attorney
Addison, TX
Licensed for 47 years