James Kittrell
James T. Kittrell
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002


James Kittrell is a litigator with a practice focusing on commercial, energy, and maritime matters.  James has represented his clients at both the trial court and the appellate level.  

His energy litigation experience involves representing oil and gas clients in venues across the state of Texas in a wide variety of lawsuits related to on-shore operations, including royalty claims and operational disputes.

James’ commercial litigation practice includes a range of contractual matters, including indemnity claims, shipping disputes, and suits on sworn accounts.   

His maritime practice focuses on representing large marine services companies in Jones Act cases and other maritime personal injury lawsuits. 



  • The Foundation For Natural Resources and Energy Law, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Texas Bar Foundation -- Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyer’s Association


  • Houston Urban Debate League -- Board of Directors
  • Houston Mariners Club


Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars", 2022


  • "Royalty Litigation Update," Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Seminar, October 28, 2021
  • “Maritime Law in 2015: An Update,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel Transportation Law Seminar, February 26, 2015, San Antonio, Texas

After Hours

“I am a native Texan and a huge sports fan. I love just about every kind of game, but ice hockey is my favorite.  I'm also a trivia enthusiast who enjoys competing in trivia events (and just about anything else) around town.”

“I am on the Board of Directors for the Houston Urban Debate League, an organization dedicated to providing access to inter-scholastic debate for students in the greater Houston area.  As part of HUDL, I spend time helping plan fundraising events and volunteering as a judge at high school debate tournaments. I enjoy mentoring local students and sharing some of the same skills that I learned as a policy debater in high school and college."