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James W. Rudnicki

As a shareholder of Bush Rudnicki Shelton, P.C., I exclusively represent residential construction contractors and developers in challenges related to construction defect claims, contract negotiation, document drafting, real-property transactions, water code violations, and regulatory oversight.


My representative clients include many of the largest, production builders in Texas in all major markets as well as numerous regional builders and custom builders.  I aggressively defend construction defect claims in an effort to resolve them efficiently and favorably where possible, and to arbitrate or try them when needed. 


Timidity is the enemy of a favorable resolution.

With any profession or trade, experience matters.  I have arbitrated or tried more than 50 cases to verdict, primarily construction defect claims.


Shareholder, Bush Rudnicki Shelton, P.C.

Texas Association of Builders (TAB):

  • Contracts Committee Chair 2009-2016; drafts and maintains the form contracts for TAB and its builder membership for the state. Committee Member since 2003 to date.

  • Executive Committee Member 2009-2016

  • Board of Directors, Voting Member 2010 to Present

  • TAB Associate of the Year, 2009

  • TAB Presidential Award, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019

National Association of Home Builders, Board of Directors (now Leadership Council), Voting Member 2011 to Present


General Counsel for the Dallas Builders Association – 2008 to Present.


Bush Rudnicki Shelton, P.C. has served in this capacity since 1997.


Home Builders Care - HomeAid Dallas, Board Member – 2002 to 2008


Committee Member: Tarrant County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference – 2002 to 2007


Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, Life Sustaining Member – 2004 to Present


Member: State Bar of Texas, Travis County Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Arlington Bar Association


Admitted to Practice: State of Texas and U. S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas



Greater Houston Builders Association EXPO – various Contracts classes and seminars – 2013 to present


Building Envelopes-The Hottest and Worst Trend in Residential Litigation 2017


Seminar on Litigation Trends & Avoiding Customer Conflict – Dallas Builders Association – 2016


Seminar on Legislative Overview of Proposed Lien Law Changes – Austin Builders Association – 2016


Seminar on Litigation Trends for Condos and Townhomes – Greater Houston Builders Association – 2016


Risk Management and TAB Contracts Seminars – Numerous locations in Texas – 2013 to Present


Avoiding Conflicts with Your Customer, Sunbelt Builders Show – August 2014


Greater Houston Builders Association Refresher Session – April 2014


Trust Account Seminar – Greater Houston Builders Association – January 2014


Key Contract Terms for Risk Management Seminar – Several locations in Texas – 2013


RCLA Training Seminars for several Builder Associations in Texas – 2013 to present


TAB Contracts Seminars – Greater Houston Builders Association Annual Product Expo – 2013 to Present


Disaster Remediation Contracts and Your Exposure to DTPA Violations, Texas Builder Magazine – January 2012


Revised 2011 TAB Contracts, Texas Builder Magazine – July 2011


Overview of Texas Water Law, Half Moon Land Seminar, Corpus Christi – May 2011


Drafting Issues in Residential Construction Contracts, Texas Bar CLE Author and Instructor for Residential Real Estate Construction Law seminars, 2008.


CONSTRUCTION RISK MANAGEMENT, Suggestions for Managing Residential Construction Defect Risk after the Texas Residential Construction Commission Act, Texas Bar CLE Author and Instructor for Residential Real Estate Construction Law seminars, 2007.


Builders Beware, Big Changes from the 80th Texas Legislature, Texas Builder Magazine – July 2007

Risk Management Strategies for Residential Builders and Remodelers, Texas Builder Magazine – Three Part Series, Summer 2010


Mold: Legal Risk, Prudent Choices, Texas Builder Magazine – April 2003

Variability in Surface Moisture Content Along A Hillslope Transect: Rattlesnake Hill, Texas, The Journal of Hydrology, Fall 1998


The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law J.D. – 1998
The University of Texas at Austin M.S., Geological Sciences, Hydrology – 1996

Centenary College of Shreveport, Louisiana B.S., Geology – 1994


TAB Associate of the Year, 2009
TAB Presidential Award, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

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