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James A. Muela
Biography

James is a member of BNM’s Litigation Section handling commercial litigation across several industries. He focuses his practice on real estate litigation, including contractual disputes, lien matters, and disputes between property owners. James also represents contractors and subcontractors in contractual disputes, and handles claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Among his more interesting projects, in 2018, James worked with a BNM team to recover artwork stolen in 1960 and returned it to the heir of the famous artist. Prior to beginning his legal career, James worked for an environmental consulting firm as an environmental scientist, conducting fieldwork alongside archeologists and biologists. His projects included property surveys for endangered species and archeological digs in South Texas.
 


Education

  • J.D., Baylor Law School, 2017
  • B.A., Trinity University, 2012
Noteworthy
  • Baylor Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • 2015 Best Speaker Award – Baylor’s Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition
  • 2016 Finalist – ABA National Advocacy Competition, San Francisco Regionals
  • 2017 Regional Champion – AAJ Advocacy Mock Trial Competition
  • 2017 Winner of Baylor’s Abner McCall Award for achievement in Practice Court
  • 2017 Winner of Baylor’s Scott, Douglass & McConnico, LLP Award for achievement in coursework and advocacy competitions
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Manske of the U.S. District court for the Western District of Texas, 2016
Activities & Memberships
  • Baylor Law Review, Articles Editor, 2015 – 2017
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife, Stewards of the Wild – Dallas Chapter
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Publications
  • Updating Vaccine Law: Restructuring Jacobson v. Massachusetts to Create a Safe Harbor for States, 69:2 Baylor L. Rev. 462 (2017).