James F. Buchanan


James F. Buchanan is a founding partner of Welder Leshin, LLP.

Jim Buchanan is Board Certified through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law.

Jim’s practice is focused on litigation and maritime law. He has represented ship-owners charterers and underwriters in all types of maritime disputes including seamen’s personal injuries, collisions, allisions, groundings, chemical spills involving mass tort claims, oil spills, and cargo contamination. His recent work has been primarily in construction litigation and contractual disputes. He has also handled a wide variety of personal injury claims and claims for contractual indemnities and insurance coverage issues. He has served as counsel in arbitration proceedings and has served as an arbitrator.

Jim has also represented international oil exploration and producing companies in the litigation of lawsuits, including royalty disputes and drainage claims.


Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization B.B.A., University of Texas, 1969
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1971 with honors
Law Clerk to the Hon. Owen D. Cox, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division

Admitted to Bar

State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

Maritime, Collisions, Allisions, Groundings, Chemical Spills Involving Mass Tort Claims, Oil Spills, and Cargo Contamination.

Professional Activities

AV Rating – Martindale Hubbell
Corpus Christi Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member)
Southeast Admiralty Law Institute (Director 2015-2016)
American Board of Trial Advocates
Houston Maritime Arbitration Association
Texas Association of Defense Counsel American Bar Association

Civic Activities

Advisory Trustee of the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation;
Advisory Director of American Bank, Corpus Christi;
Spohn Development Foundation Board of Trustees (1993-1998);
Texas State Aquarium Association Trustee (1981-1988);
Incarnate Word Academy Educational Development Board (1981-1984);
Director of The Southwestern Bank, Houston (1982-1985).