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James D. Piel grew up in a small farming community in north-central
Oklahoma and quickly learned that average people are far more important
than, although often treated by the American justice system as far less
important than, businesses and corporations.


Following graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center, Jim
started his legal practice at a major law firm and found himself
engaged in complex work on behalf of corporations as diverse as high
technology companies, major retailers and, eventually, the tobacco


Jim’s experiences confirmed his beliefs about the treatment of the
common man in our system of justice.  Disillusionment soon followed,
and Jim happily left the world of corporate legal defense to use his
skills to work exclusively on behalf of individuals who have suffered
physical injury as a result of the wrongful conduct of corporations and


Jim joined Baron & Budd, P.C. in 1999 to work on cases involving
persons injured as a result of exposure to toxins, and unsafe medical
devices and pharmaceutical drugs.  He became a shareholder in Baron
& Budd’s toxic tort litigation section in 2002, and handled such
cases as the settlement of physical injury damage claims resulting from
the mass exposure of workers in Louisiana to the chemical Ethylene
Dichloride; the litigation of physical injuries resulting from the
long-term exposure of students to oil production and power generation
emissions at Beverly Hills High School; the litigation of personal
injury claims on behalf of residents of a Mississippi gulf coast
community exposed to emissions from a large chemical production
facility; and the litigation of personal injury claims related to
medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs.


Jim’s many professional accomplishments include being named a “Texas
Rising Star” in 2003 and a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics
Magazine each year from 2004 – 2009.


Outside of the office, Jim’s primary focus is his family.  He is
devoted to his wife of 16 years, is an unrepentant lover of the game of
golf, and is actively involved in his two sons’ sporting exploits,
including select travel ice hockey and organized junior golf tours. 
Jim is a dog lover and has two blonde Labs, Boomer and Sooner, and a Cockerdoodle named Daisy.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    25 years, 400 cases
  2. Class Action: 30%
    11 years, 10 cases



Hourly ($500-600/hour), contingent (30-50%)

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Contact info

Allen Stewart, P.C.

325 N. Saint Paul Street; Ste. 2750
Dallas, TX, 75201

Allen Stewart Pc
325 N St Paul St Ste 2750
Dallas, TX, 75201

325 N. St. Paul Street
Suite 2750
Dallas, TX, 75201



OKAuthorized to practice law199802/02/2010
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/17/2016
NYResigned 200607/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Order of the CoifGeorgetown University Law Center Chapter1990
Best Clnical Advocate - Georgetown UniversityInternational Association of Trial Lawyers, Inc.1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderBaron & Budd, P.C.1999 - 2007
Shareholder/AttorneyAllen Stewart, P.C.1998 - 2007
Senior Associate AttorneyJones Day1995 - 1998
Associate AttorneyHerbert Adams Crawford & Atwood, LLP1992 - 1995
Associate AttorneyGibson Dunn & Crutcher1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1999 - Present
Oklahoma Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Litigation SectionMember1990 - Present
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2003 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
American Criminal Law ReviewInterstate Transport of Stolen Property1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterDoctor Of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1990
University of OklahomaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1985