Jim Silliman represents clients in the energy, shipping and offshore services industries in commercial and maritime litigation, and appeals in state and federal courts. He regularly provides advice on contractual indemnity and insurance disputes, and environmental pollution matters.
Jim also counsels clients on an array of business litigation issues, including product liability and employment matters. He has extensive experience taking and defending depositions of fact witnesses, experts and corporate representatives.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Jim managed similar litigation cases at a regional Gulf Coast law firm. He previously served more than four years as a legislative assistant to a Texas congressman in Washington DC, where he was the lead policy advisor on labor law, defense appropriations, financial services regulation, veterans’ affairs, federal taxation and the budget. In that role, he led efforts in the drafting and advocacy of Public Law No. 110-363—the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act—signed by the President on October 8, 2008 (minting 350,000 one-dollar coins and providing seven million dollars to expand Scouting) and Section 704 of Public Law No. 113-66—the TBI Treatment Act—signed by the President on December 26, 2013 (authorizing a fifty million dollar treatment reimbursement program making cutting-edge brain injury treatments available to soldiers and veterans).
Certified Mediator, TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE § 154.052(a)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Houston Bar Association
Capital Campaign Member and Stewardship Chair, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church