James Joseph Boteler “Jim” was born in Houston, Texas in 1966. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from The University of the South – Sewanee, with honors, in 1989. Jim spent his junior year abroad at the University of Durham, England studying Russian and British history. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1994, where he was on both Law Review and the Board of Barristers. He is admitted to practice in Texas state court, before all four Federal District Courts in Texas, the Federal District Court in Kansas and before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim is a founding partner of Boteler, Mahoney & Gray, LLP.
Jim’s practice is focused primarily on large loss property subrogation, specializing in natural gas and acetylene explosions, heavy equipment failures, crane collapses and fires. Jim successfully handled the subrogation recovery on the 2007 acetylene gas plant explosion in downtown Dallas, and recently received a favorable verdict in Federal Court in Kansas against a large farm equipment manufacturer. Jim has also reached successful settlements against a number of public utilities and electric delivery companies.
Prior to forming BMG, Jim was a partner with Cozen O’Connor practicing in the subrogation and recovery department. While with Cozen O’Connor, Jim was the editor of the firm’s Subrogation Alert and was in charge of the firm’s Continuing Education program under the Texas Department of Insurance. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Jim was in the commercial litigation section of Jones Day.
Jim played football and swam at Sewanee and still trains with The Dallas Masters Swim Team. Jim is actively involved in Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.