Amber L. James



Amber James joined McCathern’s Dallas office as a partner in 2017. Amber practices in the areas of Oil & Gas, Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Personal Injury, and Employment Law.

Amber is experienced in representing business clients in complex commercial disputes and tort litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Texas having worked in Midland-Odessa and Houston before joining McCathern in Dallas.  In addition to representing clients in litigation matters, Amber often serves as outside general counsel for her clients, providing advice on day-to-day business operations.

She attended Texas Tech University School of Law where she was active in Board of Barristers, Women’s Caucus, and  Student Public Interest Initiative. Amber also served as a Fellow for the Texas Tech University Center for BioDefense, Law, and Public Policy and was a member of the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Team. Prior to law school, Amber earned a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amber currently serves on the TTU School of Law Alumni Association Executive Committee and the USGA Girl’s Junior Championship Committee. Amber previously served on the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLA) Board of Directors and as President of the Ector County Bar Association.  In 2015, Amber was awarded a Presidential Award of Merit from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In 2013, Amber was honored to receive the Spirit of Dedication Award for her pro bono work with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.

Amber was named to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars List in 2016 and 2017. Less than 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor.


Dallas Bar Association (DBA)
Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Women’s Energy Network (WEN)
Permian Basin Petroleum Association
Permian Basin Gas Processors Association


  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars Amber L. James