Recognized Litigators Hugh Tanner and Jim Nye Join Jackson Walker

September 7, 2023 | Attorney News

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the arrival of litigation partners Hugh E. Tanner and James H. Nye to our Houston office. Hugh and Jim are highly regarded trial attorneys focused on complex commercial litigation, primarily within the oil and gas sector.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hugh and Jim to our litigation team,” said Wade Cooper, managing partner of Jackson Walker. “When you have the opportunity to add attorneys the caliber of Hugh and Jim, you do it. Their great dedication to fabulous clients makes this a huge win for Jackson Walker.”

Meet Hugh

Hugh Tanner

Hugh E. Tanner is a recognized lead trial attorney focused on complex commercial litigation and “bet the company” lawsuits.

Notably, Hugh played a pivotal role as lead trial counsel for the world’s largest oil field services corporation during the extensive Deepwater Horizon legal proceedings, securing a complete dismissal for the client at the close of the plaintiffs’ case.

On the decision to join Jackson Walker, Hugh said, “The strength of Jackson Walker’s litigation team, especially here in Houston, make this a perfect fit at the right time for our practice. We look forward to serving our clients alongside these great litigators.”

Hugh offers clients more than thirty years of experience managing lawsuits within state and federal jurisdictions and arbitration settings, and he also guides clients through federal grand jury inquiries and challenging internal investigations.

Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Hugh served as chair of the oil and gas litigation practice for an international law firm, and as a member of that firm’s executive committee. Outside his practice, Hugh has a deep passion for youth baseball and softball. He has served on the Little League International Board of Directors for more than ten years, and as Chairman since 2018.

Hugh received his J.D. and his B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

Meet Jim

Jim NyeJames H. Nye focuses on complex commercial and personal injury lawsuits, leveraging his extensive experience and his background as a project manager in the petrochemical sector. Jim brings valuable insight to clients in energy, engineering/EPC, and oilfield services industries, as well as on corporate and financial matters.

Before transitioning to law, Jim had 14 years of hands-on experience in the petrochemical industry. This background grants him a profound understanding of his clients’ operational landscapes, enhancing his ability to advocate effectively on their behalf.

“Hugh and I are pleased to join one of the largest litigation groups in Texas and the Southwest,” Jim said. “Jackson Walker litigators have a great reputation, and we are proud to join forces with them.”

Jim received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Meet JW

Since Jackson Walker’s founding in 1887, our attorneys have represented some of the most influential companies and business leaders in the world. Today, we remain firmly rooted in Texas while serving clients around the globe. With almost 500 attorneys, we are the largest firm in Texas and have been recognized by Law360 as a “Texas Powerhouse” and an “elite law firm” that regularly provides counsel to industry-leading clients on highly complex matters ranging from millions to billions. To explore the firm’s experience representing clients in complex and bet-the-company cases in Texas and across the nation, visit the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice page.