Austin
512.370.2818 Direct
512.370.2850 Fax
jruiz@winstead.com

James Ruiz has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts across the nation representing his clients' business interests for more than 25 years.  James has broad industry experience in complex business and commercial litigation and arbitration cases in several substantive areas, including banking and real estate, intellectual property, securities, insurance, franchisor/franchisee disputes, corporate and partnership issues and governmental enforcement actions. James' diversified experience has been key to his ability to come up with novel theories when handling complex litigation matters and to develop creative solutions to resolve difficult business problems.

James' ability to recognize his clients' business objectives and attendant circumstances enables him to devise effective litigation strategies to achieve clients' goals in an efficient and economical manner. James is respected as a talented advocate for his clients and a tenacious, hard-working litigator.

Unique Lawyer Experience

  • James often represents business entities, senior officers and directors and individual owners in separation matters

Representative Experience

Intellectual Property

  • Represented technology company in patent infringement trial involving technologies used for producing online simulations of live sports events
  • Represented publicly traded internet media company in patent infringement and trade secret theft trial involving configuration and comparative technologies used for online automobile shopping
  • Represented restaurant chain in a trial and subsequent series of cases involving trademark infringement and challenges to validity of registered marks
  • Represented a cutting edge technology company in an action against one of the largest Japanese technology companies for violation of non-disclosure agreement and theft of trade secrets relating to extrusion coating technology

Commercial and Real Estate

  • Represented national lenders and servicers in commercial litigation suits involving rights and remedies of lenders and servicers of loans held by REMIC trusts to foreclose on commercial real estate
  • Represented real estate developer and landowners in a series of complex litigation cases concerning title to property, and corollary easement disputes with the landlocked adjacent landowner/developer

Business Litigation

  • Represented large national insurance company in a fraudulent concealment action involving a multi-million dollar acquisition of Medicare supplement lines of insurance business
  • Represented majority and minority shareholders in shareholder oppression actions
  • Represented Canadian based restaurant franchisor against a series of suits brought by several of its American franchisees in Arizona, California, Texas and Florida involving allegations of violations with FTC regulations and state business opportunity acts

Fiduciary Litigation

  • Represented charitable trust and beneficiaries in suit against former trustee for breach of fiduciary duty and other tort claims arising from conflicts of interest in connection with investment of trust funds
  • Represented independent executor in suit involving misappropriation of estate assets and breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Represented leading digital imaging software company in an action against a former officer for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud in connection with the misappropriation of corporate funds

Securities Litigation & Enforcement

  • Represented a publicly traded medical equipment company in securities litigation brought by an investor group as a result of the company's failure to be listed on the American Stock Exchange
  • Represented investment advisory firm in securities fraud litigation involving investments in variable annuities
  • Represented a South Texas County in an action involving the respective rights of governmental subdivisions to construct an international bridge into Mexico financed through issuance of public securities
  • Represented numerous governmental subdivisions in Chapter 1205 proceedings concerning challenges to authority, legality and validity of issuance of public securities
  • Represented national and regional brokerage firms in numerous arbitration proceedings before the NASD Arbitration Tribunal and AAA involving securities fraud claims relating to option trading, variable annuities, and other violations of the Securities and Exchange Acts
     

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