James A. Schuelke



  • Harvard Law School
    • J.D., cum laude, 2010
    • Articles Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • B.A., summa cum laude, 2007
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Hon. Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Previous Affiliations

  • Vinson & Elkins LLP


James Schuelke is known to his clients and team for his ability to handle every aspect of a case. Both as lead counsel and in key roles on multi-member trial teams, James has successfully represented clients through every stage of litigation, from pre-suit negotiations through final appeals. James has significant experience in oil and gas, contract, and construction disputes, including high-stakes cases for Energy Transfer Partners, the neighboring opponents of the Ashby High Rise, Huntsman, and Port Freeport.

James has tried multiple cases to verdict and is especially skilled at solving the puzzle of each new case – analyzing the details to get to the bottom of a dispute. His unique ability to combine mastery of the facts with courtroom skill has earned him integral responsibilities for several cases, including the Ashby High Rise case, in which he examined several trial witnesses as part of the trial team that secured a unanimous jury verdict.

An honors graduate of Harvard Law School and The University of Texas at Austin, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, James practiced at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he handled mergers, acquisitions, and energy transactions.