James G. Martingano

James G. Martingano
t: 713.655.1200 ext. 1147
f: 713.655.0222


James G. Martingano has been practicing law for over 20 years with a focus on civil litigation. He currently spends a majority of his time handling catastrophic injury and loss cases for Fortune 500 clients. He also spends time handling toxic tort claims, specifically the defense of premises exposure claims to a variety of industrial products and chemicals including benzene, butadiene, vinyl chloride, silica, asbestos, and manganese (welding rods).

While his major areas of practice are toxic torts and premises liability claims, James has handled a number of other types of cases. Included among these are product liability cases involving wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from industrial accidents and natural gas explosions. He also represents clients in FLSA litigation, employment claims and Jones Act litigation. He works as local counsel for national firms representing major corporations in claims filed in both state and federal courts all over Texas.

His clients include DuPont, ExxonMobil, Hess and other Fortune 500 companies. James handles several insurance defense cases with a focus on premises liability claims. He has successfully tried both personal injury and property loss claims to verdict in State Courts in Harris and Galveston County. In addition, he represents clients in a variety of litigation including Jones Act, premises liability, personal injury, and wrongful death claims. He has also represented clients in environmental nuisance claims as well as mass tort litigation including breast implant and pharmaceutical litigation. In addition to personal injury claims, James represents clients in a number of complex commercial litigation claims involving contract disputes and other economic damage.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected to the Texas Rising Star list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2005-2008
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyer list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2008-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Civil Litigation Defense (Thomson Reuters) 2009, 2011-2012
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America®,” in Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants and Product Litigation-Defendants, 2016-2018
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America®,” in Mas Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, 2016-2019
  • 5.0 out of 5- AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

News and Events

  • MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers
  • 14 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Named "Houston's Top Lawyers" by HTexas Magazine for 2013
  • 12 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • 9 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • 13 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected as 2012 Texas Super Lawyers
  • Eight MehaffyWeber Shareholders Listed in September 2009 Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition
  • 12 MehaffyWeber attorneys named Rising Stars
  • Fifteen MehaffyWeber Attorneys Named Super Lawyers 2008
  • Eighteen MehaffyWeber attorneys named Rising Stars for 2008
  • 12 MehaffyWeber attorneys named Rising Stars

Speaking Engagements

  • "Avoiding Astronomical Penalties: Creating Medicare Compliant Releases when Settling Chemical Exposure Cases"
  • "Common Issues Defense Strategy, joint defense issues in Toxic Tort litigation" American Conference Institute Chemical Products Litigation, Chicago, IL April 27 - May 5, 2010
  • "HarrisMartin - New York Benzene Mock Trial, direct examination of Industrial Hygiene expert" New York, December 8-9, 2008.