James Monroe Scurlock graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. For 13 years, James worked as a lead negotiator of contracts and services with several telecom and technology companies in Texas and Arkansas negotiating contracts in excess of $250 million. In 2004, James earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration, and, in 2011, James graduated with Honors from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he earned national recognition as a moot court advocate at the team and individual levels at competitions held at the New York School of Law in New York City. As a law student, James argued the case of Meagley v. City of Little Rock before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri.
James was admitted to practice in the state courts of Arkansas and Tennessee in 2012. James is admitted to practice in all of the federal courts in Arkansas and Tennessee. James is also admitted to practice before the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas with his Texas State Bar license currently pending approval. James is also admitted to practice before both the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
James was recently recognized as one of Arkansas’ Top Lawyers by Arkansas Life Magazine in 2018. He was previously recognized as one of the best lawyers in Little Rock by Soirée Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to joining Wallace, Martin, Duke & Russell, PLLC, James worked for one of the largest civil rights firms in the southern United States representing clients in civil rights, employment law, and discrimination cases. James has worked on cases in this area of law originally as a law clerk, then an Arkansas Rule XV Attorney, then as a Federal Rule 46(b) Attorney in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and finally as a licensed attorney in his own right. He continues to focus on these areas of practice at Wallace, Martin, Duke & Russell, PLLC with clients from western Texas to Knoxville while assisting attorneys with similar cases in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia.
James is a past President of the Judge William R. Overton Inn of Court in Little Rock, Arkansas where he served as the CLE Coordinator for the past six years. James is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Memphis Bar Association.
James was born in Jacksonville, Texas and grew up north of Nacogdoches graduating from Rusk High School. Upon graduation, he moved to Indiana to attend Wabash College. After graduation from Wabash, James worked for 10 years in Dallas, Texas, in contract negotiation until 2006 when he moved here to Little Rock, Arkansas, to pursue another position in contract negotiation. James now spends his time between homes in Austin and Little Rock which affords him the ability to visit his family in East Texas between trips.
James’ fields of practice include Insurance Law, Contract Law, Construction Law, Employment Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Health Law, Veteran and Military Discrimination, Federal Civil Rights Violations, State Civil Rights Violations, and Tort Law, with extensive experience in mediation, arbitration, agency hearings, and court proceedings. James’ employment and civil rights practice has included extensive work in the following litigation areas: Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, The Rehabilitation Act, Pregnancy Protection Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, ERISA claims, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, USERRA, Fair Credit Reporting Act, The Civil Rights Act, and HIPAA compliance. James represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants in these areas of law.