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James E. Girards


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About me

Welcome to my AVVO page.  I hope this page is informative to you and you will feel free to contact me if you have a potential case that you would like to discuss with me. 

As a student, I pursued an interest in the sciences, particularly biology.  During those years, I developed a particular interest in anatomy and physiology, due in large part to a fantastic teacher I had at Baylor, F. Ray Wilson.  I worked for a few years in a local hospital and learned a lot about how a hospital functions and the problems inherent in the way for-profit medicine is practiced.  It was also during these years that I suffered a severe spinal cord injury in an auto accident and spent months in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  I know first hand how a severe injury can affect the patient and his family - especially an injury to the central nervous system.  Ultimately, I decided to pursue a career in law and found quickly that I could put both my knowledge and experience to work helping those who have been severely injured by the wrongful actions of another.  And, especially those who are suffering from a severe spinal cord injury or a severe brain injury.  I am pleased that we have helped many over the years who have suffered these types of injuries and have made a meaningful difference in their lives.  I am equally pleased that we have also been able to force positive changes in the manufacturing, transportation, or hospital industries that caused those injuries.  If you would like to visit about such a case, please feel free to call.


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Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 30%
    26 years
  2. Birth Injury: 30%
    26 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 30%
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    26 years



Contingent (40-50%)

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  • Hunt Edwin Bonneau

    I endorse this lawyer. I practice in the same area's that Jim does. I am so confident in his abilities that I pick his brain about legal issues each time I see him. He is no doubt one of the leading lawyers in our area.


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  • Thomas Dean Malone

    Jim is well-regarded, hard-working medical malpractice lawyer in the Dallas legal community. I have no hesitation recommending him.


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Contact info

The Girards Law Firm

10000 North Central Expressway
Suite 750
Dallas, TX, 75231


OKAuthorized to practice law200403/03/2010
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas SuperlawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Top Lawyers in TexasTexas Lawyer Magazine2012
Texas SuperlawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Top 40 Lawyers in the USANewsweek Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2011
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2010
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerN/A2006
Texas Super LawyerN/A2005
Texas Super LawyerN/A2004
Texas Super LawyerN/A2003
AmJur Award in ContractsSt. Mary's University School of Law1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentGirards Law Firm1994 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Windle Turley, PC1989 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Lawyer-Pilot Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of Texas District 6A Grievance CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaState Delegate2003 - Present
American MensaMember1987 - Present
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Oklahoma Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Arkansas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeChair, State Delegates Committee2009 - 2010
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2007 - 2007
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect2006 - 2006
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President2005 - 2005
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationFellowship Member1998 - 1998
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1998 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
SHELDON v. ER. MED. CONS., 43 S.W.3d 701 (Tex.App.-F.W. [2d Dist.] 2001)Law of Misnomer applies to medical cases
GROSS v. INNES, 988 S.W.2d 727 (Tex. 1998)Summary Judgment Denial Affirmed
BRODERS v. HEISE, 924 S.W.2d 148 (Tex. 1996)Experts not limited to same specialty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Magazine - American Association for JusticeBlind Faith, Trial Magazine, vol. 46:5 May 20102010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Baylor UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationChapter 74 - How to Get Outside the Statute2009
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationRelevant Statutes Outside Chapter 742008
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationWho Owns the Damages?2007
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationReversal and Remand2006
Trial Advocacy College of TexasTrial Presentation2003