James Lanter



Jim has counseled, advised, represented, and advocated for small to mid-size businesses for approximately 33 years.  His substantial commercial litigation experience provides a valuable insight into how contract and other documents should be prepared if the client wants to assure that the benefit of the deal is realized.  He has served as primary and first chair counsel in matters involving commercial and residential construction disputes, secured and unsecured financing transactions, real estate transactions, banking and bank fraud, business fraud, employment law at the management and executive level, rail and truck transportation, and other areas of commercial law.  Jim has vast experience representing his clients in the mediation of complex cases including those involving multiple parties.  He was an arbitrator of construction cases with the American Arbitration Association for a number of years, and now represents clients in arbitration proceedings.
Bar Admissions Texas State Bar
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Western District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
EducationSouthern Methodist University, J.D., 1984
Southern Illinois University, B.S., 1980
MembershipsState Bar of Texas
Tarrant County Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
Rotary Club of Mansfield, President 2016 - 2017
Arlington West Rotary Club (1994 Ė 2014), Past President
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
Mansfield Chamber of Commerce
Peer RatingMartindale-Hubbell AV rated, the highest rating for integrity and quality of service recognized by the legal community
Recent TransactionsAcquisition of a rubber recycling business and facility in Oklahoma

Acquisition of a tire recycling business in Connecticut

Acquisition of 2.5 acres of land in Arlington, Texas for the construction and expansion of a veterinary facility

Acquisition of approximately 800 acres of land in central Texas for industrial development

Sale of 30 acres of land in Houston, Texas for industrial development

Multiple transactions for the development of sand mining and transloading facilities
Court DecisionsBalfour Beatty Rail, Inc. v. Kansas City Southern Ry. Co., 173 F.Supp.3d 363 (N.D. Tex., March 25, 2016), affirmed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, February 15, 2018.

Texas Central Business Lines Corp. v. City of Midlothian
, 669 F.3d 525 (5th Cir. 2012)

Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc. v. Kansas City Southern Ry. Co., 2010 WL 3835734 (N.D. Tex., September 29, 2010)

Eagle Eye Distributing, Inc. v. Ben Parker, Inc., 2009 WL 4251105 (N.D. Tex., November 25, 2009)

Diamond Offshore Co. v. Hall, 2007 WL 1441011 (Tex.App.-Fort Worth 2007, pet. denied)

Dallas Fire Insurance Co. v. Texas Contractors Surety & Casualty Agency, 159 S.W.3d 895 (Tex. 2004)

Southwest Bank v. Information Support Concepts, Inc., 149 S.W.3d 104 (Tex. 2004)