James L. Deem

James L. Deem is Of Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Dallas office. Mr. Deem has extensive experience in helping clients prepare and negotiate well-balanced risk allocations in their contract agreements, in all of their various forms. He assists clients in finding reasonable resolutions to project issues before they become more complicated, and when needed, helps resolve disputes through litigation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

James L. Deem

Of Counsel





“Our depth of involvement in the construction industry enables us to provide our clients with a unique level of service — one which often leads to fewer disputes and better financial results.”


Mr. Deem represents a wide range of clients, including owners, developers, commercial contractors, and surety bonding companies. An adept negotiator, he has successfully defended and achieved recovery for several large general contractors and has represented a major corporate owner entity following a general contractor default and significant mechanic’s lien damage claims. Goal-oriented in his approach, he aims to achieve reasonable agreements that minimize the legal exposure of his clients.

Mr. Deem is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Construction Law (2013-2017) and by Super Lawyers (2013-2017).




United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Supreme Court


American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Forum on the Construction Industry, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Subcommittee, former Vice-Chair)

State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section)

Dallas Bar Association (Construction Law Section, former Chair, former Council Member)


Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of The Coif

Southern Methodist University, B.F.A. in Journalism

Awards and Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Texas Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America