Senior Associate

Meet Wayne James

Wayne James is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is a board certified Tax Attorney and seasoned trial attorney who has 20 years of commercial and civil litigation and administrative practice.  During his extensive litigation practice he has developed an expertise in Personal Injury, Tax Law, Business Law, Municipal Finance, and Bankruptcy Law.  Mr. James graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1986 with a B.S. in Accounting.  He then attended Tulane University Law School receiving his Juris Doctor in 1989.  He completed his education at the University of Florida Law School where he received an LLM in Taxation.


Wayne James began his legal career as an attorney with law firm of Wilkerson, Tate & Williams, where he practiced Personal Injury Law, Business law, Labor law, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate and Bankruptcy Law.  He then moved on to the Louisiana State Senate where he served as committee attorney for the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee regarding Tax, Bond, and Capital Outlay laws and issues.  He worked directly with and advised Senators in drafting and amending Louisiana tax, finance, and business statutes.  In April of 1993 Mr. James opened Wayne James & Associates, LLC where he continued practicing Bankruptcy Law, Federal and State Taxation issues, Wills and Estates.  Then from 2003 to 2005 he was appointed as outside legal counsel for the Orleans Levee District.  In 2006 he was also appointed as outside counsel to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport where he served in that capacity until 2010.

Mr. James is a member of the Christian Legal Society, Louisiana State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation. Mr. James also serves as Secretary for the local chapter of the Gideonís International.

Education, Areas of Practice and Honors

Areas of Practice:
  • Personal injury
  • Tax
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Municipal Finance
Admitted to Practice:
  • All Louisiana Courts
  • U.S.D.C. – Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S.D.C. – Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S.D.C. – Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • University of Florida Law School (L.L.M. in Taxation, 1991),

    Tulane University Law School (J.D., 1989)

    University of New Orleans (B.S. in Accounting, 1986)