James P. Browning, Jr.
Admitted to practice
- United States Supreme Court, 1986
- Supreme Court of Texas, 1988
- Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1982 (inactive)
- United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 1982
- United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, 1990; 1991
- United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1982; 1982; 1987
- Membership in Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Membership in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
- University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1979–1982
- John A. Campbell Moot Court Board Member
- Listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students
- Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
- LeMoyne College, B.A., English, 1971–1974
- Spring Hill College, 1970–1971
United States Marine Corps
- Active duty, 1974–1979
- Active reserves, 1983–1988
- Helicopter pilot
- Highest rank = Major
- Honorable discharge
- Over 1,000 mishap-free flight hours
- Collateral duties included administrative officer, legal officer, operations officer and training officer
2007–present, Crane & Hernandez, P.C. (Browning & Hernandez)
Employed as attorney in Plaintiff personal injury firm that was formed by the merger of Adrian Crane & Associates, P.C. and Juan C. Hernandez & Associates, P.C. Senior attorney in firm. Primary management-level person for oversight of telecommunications, computers and network, business management software and staff training. Responsible for developing and managing the firm’s process for handling cases from inception to conclusion (by either settlement or trial). Frequently consulted by owner regarding staffing, management and technical equipment issues. Also maintained and handled a full docket of cases. Numerous trials as lead attorney.
2001–2007, Adrian Crane & Associates, P.C.
Employed as attorney in Plaintiff firm. Initially hired as firm’s senior attorney and litigation manager. Also handled full docket of cases. Transformed a small firm with stand-alone computers to a medium-sized law firm that was networked and had a centralized case management process, centralized accounting system and a coordinated software-based process for managing the firm’s cases from inception to conclusion. Primary management-level person for oversight of telecommunications, computers and network, business management software and staff training. Numerous trials as lead attorney. During the years from approximately 2002 through 2007, the firm’s owners moved into a role of mostly “absentee landlords” and I managed the firm during its most successful years.
1995–2001, Brian A. Eberstein & Associates, P.C.
Employed as attorney in Plaintiff firm. Primary staff person for in-house troubleshooting of computer system problems, network issues, internet connection issues, software selection and staff training. Responsible for developing and managing cases from inception to conclusion (by either settlement or trial). Numerous trials as lead attorney. Practice included general business litigation (including pre-judgment injunctive relief), personal injury, medical malpractice, business litigation, nursing home litigation.
1993–1995, Browning Computer Services
Research assistance and litigation support for law firms on a by-the-project basis. Consultant on computer network configurations and applications for use in the law firm environment.
1993, John R.W. Cracken, P.C.
Employed to assist Plaintiff firm in bringing several cases to conclusion:
- Personal injury case involving deaths of restaurant employees as a result of fast food chain’s gross negligence. Solely responsible for depositions of witnesses taken in Vietnam – settled
- Case against juvenile rehabilitation center for gross negligence in supervising employees and enforcing operational procedures – settled against one defendant after I successfully defended two key depositions
- Obtained a policy limit settlement in third case through bankruptcy motion practice coordinated with a Stowers demand
1990–1993, Carl David Adams, P.C.
Employed as attorney responsible for handling cases from client interview through trial and appeal, if necessary, including the following:
- Legal malpractice case involving oil and gas litigation which resulted in settlement.
- Six-week trial in Denver, Colorado of wrongful death and personal injury case against propane gas distributor which resulted in jury verdict.
- Defense of majority shareholders against minority shareholders’ derivative suit.
1988–1989, Boyd & Adams, P.C.
Employed as attorney responsible for handling cases from client interview through trial and appeal, if necessary, including successful suit against beer manufacturing company and its distributors for gross negligence in charity fund-raising event.
1982–1988, Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre (New Orleans, Louisiana law firm)
Employed as attorney in commercial litigation section of Louisiana’s largest civil defense firm. Areas of practice included public utilities law, bankruptcy, banking, securities litigation, patent litigation, oil and gas, antitrust and insurance litigation.
- Telecommunications rate making suit against state public utilities commission in which federal injunction was obtained requiring compliance with FCC regulations (participated up to and through appeal to U.S. Supreme Court).
- Civil litigation under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
- Representation of broker/dealers in regulatory hearings before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and in arbitrations before the NASD and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
- Representation of franchisor against various franchisees for breach of franchise agreements.