Jim L.


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).

Professional Activities

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

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, International Law Moot Court Team
  • B.A., with honors, Southwestern University
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • German

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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