Jim Marrow is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate specialist. He has developed cases and arbitration matters from beginning to end, including appeal. Jim has tried cases on both sides of the docket, winning judgments for plaintiffs and defendants, and has handled civil appeals and mandamus proceedings in state and federal courts. Jim has extensive appellate experience and has successfully obtained several appellate reversals and writs of mandamus for his clients. Jim also has particular experience in appeals involving commercial disputes. Previously, Jim served as a staff attorney with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, working on a variety of appellate matters and preparing close to 100 draft opinions for the justices.  Jim developed extensive experience with original proceedings while serving as one of the Court’s mandamus attorneys. He is a frequent author and speaker on legal writing, and appellate and trial practice. Jim is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Jim is an Eagle Scout (and a proud father of two more Eagle Scouts), and remains very active in scouting. He contributes time to the community’s youth through Harris County’s Mock Jury Selection Program, as a Career Day speaker, and as a trial consultant and organizer for middle-school and elementary-school mock trials. He also volunteers with the HBA’s Legal Line program and on the HBA Appellate Practice Section’s pro bono committee. Jim has served in several leadership roles within the Appellate Practice Section, including as Section Chair (2021-22). Jim authored the problems used in the 2023 and 2024 moot-court national championships conducted by the University of Houston Law Center, and Jim has judged moot-court competitions at all three of the Houston-area law schools.


  • Partner, Wright Close & Barger,  2020 – present
  • Partner, Hogan & Hogan,  2015 – 2020
  • Associate and Partner, Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout,  2010 – 2015
  • Staff Attorney, Fourteenth Court of Appeals,  2008 – 2010
  • Associate and Member, Marshall & McCracken,  1999 – 2008


  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, Moot Court Problem, University of Houston Law Center Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship (2023, 2024)
  • Regular Contributor, Appellate Lawyer, Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (2016 – present)
  • Moderator, “Trials, Tinseltown, and Television,” Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court (2023)
  • Speaker, “Yet More Tips and Traps in Appellate Procedure,” Houston Bar Association (2022)
  • Moderator, “Professionalism and Civility in the Practice of Law,” Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court (2022)
  • Moderator, “Roundtable Discussion with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals Justices,” Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (2021)
  • Speaker, “The Appellate Ascent:  Advice and Answers for Aspiring Advocates,” Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Webcast (2020)
  • Speaker, “Improving Your Odds of Getting (or Resisting) Mandamus Relief,” Williams Hart CLE (2019)
  • Speaker, “What Appellate Lawyers Want Trial Lawyers to Know,” State Bar CLE Webcast (2017)
  • Speaker, “Tales from the Clerks: Tips for the Appellate Practitioner,” Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (2015)
  • Speaker, “Write to Be Heard: Legal Writing,” Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court (2015)
  • Speaker, “Chapter 74 Update,” Austin Association of Insurance Professionals (2005)
  • Author, “Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Texas,” National Business Institute (2004)
  • Author, “Keys to Effective Expert Witness Examination in Texas,” National Business Institute (2002)
  • Author, “Advanced Personal Injury Practice in Texas,” National Business Institute (2002)


  • Chair, Houston Bar Association (Appellate Practice Section) – 2021-2022
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas (Appellate Section)
  • Mentor, Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas


  • Best Lawyers in America (published by BL Rankings, LLC) – 2024
  • Texas Super Lawyers® (published by Thompson Reuters) – 2022 – present
  • Top Lawyer, Appellate Law, Houstonia magazine
  • President’s Award (Outstanding Section), Houston Bar Association – 2021 – 2022