Practices

School Law

Real Estate

Employment Law

Education

J.D. University of Houston Law Center, 1979

B.A. University of Texas, 1976

Bar Admissions

State of Texas, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Jim Whitton has practiced school law for over 30 years, representing boards of numerous independent school districts and private and independent schools throughout Texas. He advises public and private educational entities in all aspects of school and public law, including employment, student discipline, competitive purchasing, real estate, policy development, elections and open government. He has experience defending educational entities before the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal agencies. He is also a frequent speaker at state education conferences and regularly provides training for boards, school administrators and staff.

Mr. Whitton also represents non-school employers in the area of employment law, landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases, and buyers and sellers in the negotiation of commercial real estate sales contracts.

Mr. Whitton is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, signifying the highest level of professional excellence and adherence to the highest ethical standards – a distinction achieved by fewer than 5% of attorneys nationwide. He was recognized by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly from 2005-2014 as a Super Lawyer in the area of Schools and Education Law – signifying a high degree of peer recognition and achievement in his practice area.

Publications

“Can You Hear Them Now? Tips For When The Cell Tower Companies Come Calling,” Inquiry and Analysis (June 2009)

“Unanswered Questions About School Vouchers,” Fort Worth Business Press (October 2002)

Presentations

“Sexual Harassment in the K-12 Environment”, All Saints Episcopal Scholl, January 3, 2017

 

Counselor legal Issues”, Crowley ISD, October 5, 2016

 

The Dynamic Duo – Fighting for the Truth, Justice, and the ISD Way”, TASA MidWinter Convention, January 26, 2016; ELA/DFW Private School Seminar, February 19, 2016; TASB Convention, Houston, TX September 23, 2016.

2015 School Law Post-Legislative Seminar, School District Administrator Workshop

Have Gun, Will ? School Safety in a Post-Sandy Hook World, Education Law Association DFW Regional Conference

2013 Legislative Update, School District Administrator Workshop

Are You Sure Your Independent Contractors Are NOT Your Employees? Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Convention and the UNT Higher Ed Law Conference

Can You Hear Them Now? Tips For When The Cell Tower Companies Come Calling, Region XI Superintendent’s Program

Complying With the Public Information Act, Superintendents’ Study Group, ESC Region XI

Conducting Meaningful Grievance Hearings, Superintendents’ Study Group, ESC Region XI

CPS and Custody Issues, Education Law Association, DFW Regional Conference

Ethical Issues Relating to Reporting Requirements, State Bar of Texas School Law Section Annual Retreat

Fair and Effective Documentation, School District Administrator Workshop

Keeping Schools Safe When Parents Are The Problem, Region XI and Superintendents’ Study Group, ESC Region XI

Off The Record: Answers to Questions We All Want to Know, State Bar of Texas School Law Section Annual Retreat

Open Meetings and Grievances, Region XI Principal Preparation Program

Stump the Lawyer, University of Texas at Arlington Superintendents’ Academy

TASB Legal Update, Region XIV Spring Workshop

Who’s Your Daddy? Complying With New Chapter 176 of the Local Government Code, University of Texas School of Law Annual School Law Conference

Community

Chair of the Board of Trustees, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth (2013-2015)

Director, Trinity Terrace Continuing Care Community

Littlefield Society and the President’s Associates, University of Texas at Austin

Chancellor’s Council, University of Texas System

President, Rotary Club of Fort Worth (1995-1996)

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Fort Worth (1994)

William B. Todd Service Above Self Award, Rotary Club of Fort Worth (2008)

Chairman of the Board, Fort Worth Region of the American Heart Association (1997)

Vice Chairman of the Board, United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County (1994)

Leadership Fort Worth

Professional Recognition

Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Board of Directors of the Texas Association of School Boards’ Council of School Attorneys (2016-Present)

Super Lawyer in Schools and Education Law by Thomson Reuters, Texas Monthly (2005-2014)

Executive Counsel, School Law Section, State Bar of Texas (2008-2010)

Memberships

State Bar of Texas

School Law Section, State Bar of Texas

Tarrant County Bar Association

Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

College of the State Bar of Texas