Karen, James P.

2727 North Harwood StreetDallas, TX 75201- 1515

Updated: 01/07/2014


Jim Karen is a trial lawyer whose practice emphasizes complex corporate and commercial litigation and class actions. He has served as national coordinating counsel in nationwide multidistrict litigation and has tried many cases throughout the United States. He also serves as head of litigation in the Dallas Office.

Jim has handled a variety of disputes for major corporations, including Airlines Reporting Corporation, Bridgestone/Firestone, Century Aluminum, EDS, Expedia...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Trial Practice
  • Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction
  • Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
  • Franchising & Distribution

Representative Cases

  • AEP Texas subsidiary litigates sale of power plant
  • Airlines Reporting Corp. defends litigation relating to license agreement obligations , (2009)
  • Alderwoods Group pursues arbitration of breach of contract action relating to sale of funeral and cemetery properties
  • Anatole Partners achieves substantial settlement in action for faulty design and construction of hotel masonry
  • Arctic Glacier receives favorable ruling in private arbitration regarding postclosing accounting adjustments
  • Borden defends against litigation involving major grocery customer
  • Bridgestone/Firestone defends against putative class action filed in Oklahoma involving computation of shop supplies fee charged to retail customers , (2009)
  • Bridgestone/Firestone defends against putative class action filed in Texas involving computation of shop supplies fee charged to retail customers
  • Caremark defends against arbitration by purchaser of hospitals relating to postclosing accounting adjustments
  • Clarent Hospital pursues litigation relating to sale of hospital chain , (2009)
  • EDS resolves consolidated securities fraud action and ERISA class action
  • EDS resolves derivative class action
  • EDS successfully defends nationwide class actions involving incorrectly administered and/or scored Series 7 broker examinations
  • Expedia obtains summary judgment on City of Houston's claims for alleged unpaid hotel occupancy taxes, conversion, and civil conspiracy
  • Frito-Lay defends against antitrust litigation by distributors of competitive brand
  • Frito-Lay defends supplier litigation
  • Goodman Manufacturing summary judgment against proposed class action in air conditioning units case is affirmed by Tenth Circuit , (2009)
  • Hotels.com defends class action suit regarding occupancy tax , (2009)
  • Hotels.com wins reversal of class certification order in breach of contract claim
  • IBM defends against breach of contract lawsuit
  • IBM defends against litigation brought by a former employee
  • KFC defends franchisee class action
  • KFC defends franchisee litigation
  • KFC obtains jury verdict for all claims in trial against franchisee
  • KFC prevails in trademark infringement action
  • KFC pursues a claim against franchisee
  • KFC pursues claim against franchisee
  • Loewen Group defends against action involving postclosing accounting adjustments associated with sale of funeral home , (2009)
  • Loewen Group International and 870 affiliated entities file for chapter 11 , (2009)
  • Medhost defends corporate governance action filed by stockholder
  • Medhost defends litigation involving Regulation D offerings
  • PepsiCo wins summary judgment in monopolization case
  • Pizza Hut defends against trademark infringement allegations brought by competitor
  • Pizza Hut defends claims regarding restaurant concept
  • Pizza Hut defends franchisee claim regarding interpretation of franchise agreement
  • Pizza Hut pursues litigation against franchisee
  • Pizza Hut pursues litigation against franchisee
  • Southland defends against litigation brought by company responsible for furnishing 7-Eleven's companywide POS computer system
  • Stanley Works defends against tort litigation brought by former national distributor of fastener products
  • Texas Instruments, Inc. defends lawsuit brought by supplier of personnel services
  • Textron defends litigation brought by helicopter tour company , (2009)
  • Trammell Crow pursues litigation against former partner involving separation from company
  • Tricon Restaurant Services pursues trade secrets misappropriation action against former executive
  • UICI resolves class action and proposed merger closes , (2009)
  • USAA successfully pursues claim involving construction defects in warehouse
  • Vetrotex CertainTeed defends against arbitration brought by electrical contractor , (2009)
  • Westbrook Real Estate Partners defends against Maryland commercial real estate development dispute


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas


  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1979
  • Miami University, Ohio, 1976


Published Works

  • Companies Under Seige: Securities Disputes Raise Procedural Dilemmas and Related Issues, Practice Perspectives: Securities and Shareholder Litigation & SEC Enforcement, 2007

Office Information


2727 North Harwood StreetDallas, TX 75201- 1515


  • (214) 969-5100


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