James H. Leeland Retired

For over 30 years, James Leeland has represented a variety of clients in commercial and real estate litigation, both in trial and on appeal.  He has successfully handled appeals before the Supreme Court of Texas, several Texas Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has represented financial institutions, real estate and construction firms, oil and gas companies, homeowners associations and other corporate and commercial interests. He is admitted to practice before several U.S. District Courts in the State of Texas, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Leeland is also a trained mediator, having attended the first mediation training class in Harris County, Texas, in 1980.  He is a Charter Mediator with the Houston Neighborhood Justice Center (now the Dispute Resolution Center), sponsored by the Houston Bar Association.

Mr. Leeland has given seminars before the American Bankers’ Association, financial institutions, real estate brokers’ associations, the Texas College of Trial Advocacy, and the State Bar of Texas.

Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on January 14, 1950, Mr. Leeland was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1977. He graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 1977, with honors, and was a member of the South Texas Law Journal and the Order of Lytae.

Mr. Leeland also served for many years as an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 1836, Troop Committee Member, and merit badge counselor.


  • State Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Commercial Code Committee, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1977
    Honors: Cum Laude
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Arts, 1973
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