J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
B.B.A., Texas A&M University, 1992
Jim Aycock is a partner in the litigation practice group of Porter Hedges. His practice includes a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. Jim’s practice focuses primarily on energy and financial litigation matters, representing publicly-held energy companies, national and regional banks, as well as private corporations and partnerships as both plaintiffs and defendants. He has experience in:
- Energy litigation, primarily involving upstream disputes such as surface owner claims, lease and gas purchase contract interpretation, AMI disputes, operator removal and royalty disputes.
- Financial litigation, primarily involving intercreditor disputes, lien enforcement, complex collection matters, lender liability claims, and asset seizures for various financial institutions and mezzanine lenders.
- Complicated partnership disputes and business tort litigation.
- Premises and products liability.
Jim is a certified mediator, having completed his mediation training at the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He was also repeatedly selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars in Business Litigation between 2006 and 2012.
Prior to his career as a lawyer, Jim was a Vice President in Compass Bank's Private Client Services Group where he provided lending, investment and trust services to professional corporations, private investors and private banking clients. Prior to joining Compass Bank, Jim was an assistant vice president with Wells Fargo Bank where he also provided lending and investment services to Wells Fargo's professional corporations and private banking clients.
Energy & Environmental Litigation:
- Representation of multiple independent production companies defending numerous surface damage and accommodation doctrine cases in South Texas.
- Representation of publicly traded production company in dispute over validity of AMI agreement.
- Representation of independent operator defending against property damage claims arising from pipeline explosion.
- Representation of Canadian public energy company against tortious interference claims arising from acquisition of assets in Colombia.
- Trial counsel for global engineering and logistics company in defending against CERCLA, SWDA and fraud litigation over pipeline spill.
- Trial counsel defending former CEO of public energy company against contractual claims brought by successor company.
- Representation of public energy company in defending against challenges to Force Majeure assertion.
- Representation of fracturing fluid provider in claims against chemical supplier.
- Trial counsel for public regional bank and its lending officers against lender liability, fraud, and lien priority issues.
- Representation of numerous public and private banks in complex collection and lien enforcement matters.
- Representation of public regional bank in fraud and other tort claims arising from foreclosure of condominium project, as well as construction defect claims brought against builder.
- Representation of farm credit lender in a variety of lien priority issues, intercreditor disputes, and collection actions.
- Representation of mezzanine lender against lender liability allegations.
- Representation of private investment manager and officers against securities fraud allegations.
Product & Other Litigation:
- Arbitration counsel for valve manufacturer in defending against defective product claim involving refined products pipeline.
- Representation of multiple publicly traded, national manufacturing and chemical companies in products and premises cases.
- Representation of numerous individuals and entities in various partnership disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Professional / Civic Affiliations
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- Houston Bar Association, Member
Mr. Aycock serves as President of the Board of Nottingham Forest Civic Association, Inc. He is also a current member of the Madrugadores Breakfast Club and the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University. My Aycock is an avid supporter of conservation activities by organizations such as the Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited and is a volunteer at the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center.
Mr. Aycock previously served as the Vice President of the Board of Governors for The Center Serving Persons With Mental Retardation, a Board of Trustee member for Foundation For The Retarded, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gulf Coast Region. Mr. Aycock also has served as a volunteer for Special Olympics, Children’s Wish Foundation, Private Sector Initiative, and the Success at Work Program at Fondren Middle School.