James F. Buchanan, a native Texan, has weighted his 40-year legal career toward maritime law interspersed with cases dealing with a broad range of legal matters. Following a two-year clerkship with the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi, he decided to join the Kleberg Law Firm in 1973 to practice maritime law.  In August 2003, he and his partners formed Welder Leshin, LLP.

His goals as an attorney are to be responsive to his clients’ needs and resolve issues in a manner that most closely meets his client's circumstances, whether through negotiation, trial or an alternative form of dispute resolution.  Mr. Buchanan became a mediator certified by the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law.

Mr. Buchanan handles all types of maritime claims and has  represented international oil exploration and producing companies which led to the handling of oil and gas lawsuits, including royalty disputes, drainage claims, and take-or-pay claims. He also has dealt with a wide variety of personal injury claims including those against trucking companies and claims for contractual indemnities and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Buchanan's practice also includes the defense of toxic tort cases.

Mr. Buchanan enjoys the collegiality of Welder Leshin, LLP and the collaborative way in which attorneys practice. He has two sons, and enjoys bird hunting and is an avid golfer.

Education: The University of Texas (B.B.A., 1969; J.D., 1971, with honors); Order of the Coif, Phi Delta Phi; Law Clerk to the Hon. Owen D. Cox, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division

Admitted to Bar: Texas, 1972

Admitted to Practice: United States District Court, Southern District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Practice Areas: Maritime Law; Oil and Gas Litigation; Personal Injury; Civil Litigation

Memberships and affiliations: State Bar of Texas; Corpus Christi Bar Association; American Bar Association; Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member); Southeast Admiralty Law Institute; Houston Maritime Arbitration Association.

Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.