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James Howard Stilwell


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About me

  • Drafted and promoted Texas Legislation to enable “Helping Heroes” pro bono wills program for First Responders. The Legislation became law in 2013.

  • Martin & Stilwell LLP was named the 2012 Small Business of the Year for Lone Star Montgomery College, by the Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center

  • Recipient of the 2005 Woodlands Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award; & 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

  • Named a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” in 2009-2010 by the publishers of Texas Monthly.

  • Named one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers in the following categories and years:

    Trusts & Estates 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015

    Commercial Litigation 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016


    Real Estate Law 2015


Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    20 years
  2. Probate: 40%
    20 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    20 years

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Contact info

Martin, Earl & Stilwell, LLP

1400 Woodloch Forest Dr Ste 590
The Woodlands, TX, 77380-1179


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199508/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Small Business of the YearLone Star College, Montgomery2012
Volunteer of the YearThe Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce2011
Super Lawyer-Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Chairman's AwardThe Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce2005
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMartin, Earl & Stilwell LLP2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist ChurchVoting Delegate2015 - Present
The Woodlands Area Chamber of CommercePast Chairman2014 - Present
Leadership Montgomery CountyAlumni, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Past Chairman2008 - Present
The Woodlands Bar AssociationMember, Director and Vice President2005 - Present
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
The Woodlands Association, Inc.,Director and Vice President1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LaChina v. The Woodlands Operating Company, LP, etalN/A
Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No. 61 v. FWO Development, Ltd.N/A
Smalley v. SmalleyN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Review of LitigationWhen Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The Case for a Quasi-Estoppel Exception to the Statute of Frauds2003
Review of LitigationTexas Premises Liability Jury Definitions, Instructions, and Questions for Criminal Actor Cases — A Pattern to Ease the Madness?1998
Review of LitigationWalking the High Wire: Practical Possibilities for Regulatory Responses to the Electromagnetic Field Quandary1996
Review of LitigationStraddling the Wire: Electromagnetic Fields and Personal Injury Suits1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Baylor University School of LawEconomics and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Woodlands Chamber of Commerce“Business Owner’s Guide to the Open Carry Law.”2016
Legacy Foundation“What Happens When I’m Gone?”2016
Annual Employment Law Update“OMG not LOL: Employer Liability for Employees Who Text/Talk While Driving”2013
Woodlands Bar Association“Rainmaking Panel”2012
Woodlands Bar Association CLE• “Business Planning for Uncertain Times: Dealing with the Killer D’s – Death, Disability, Divorce, Departure and Downturn.”2010
Oral Advocacy CLE“Opening Statements: This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile”2010
Lawyers Who Stare At Goats CLE“Pursuing Attorneys’ Fees”2010
The Jury Trial 2007 CLE“Opening Statements for the 21st Century”2007
South Texas College of Law CLE“Creditor Exempt Assets: When You Can’t Take it With You, and the Creditors Can’t Take it Either”2007
Insurance Adjuster Continuing Education PresentationUsing the New Rules of Civil Discovery: Effects on Insurance and Insurance Defense Litigation1999
Insurance Adjuster Continuing Education PresentationBad Faith and Beyond1999