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Kizziar Jr., James H.
James H. Kizziar Jr.
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Jim Kizziar is a partner with Bracewell LLP in the firm's San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, D.C. offices. Practicing law since 1976, Mr. Kizziar represents and counsels owners of diverse business entities and management on all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice includes litigation before federal and state agencies and the courts and preventive counseling of management on issues such as discrimination, harassment, union organizing and wage-hour issues.
Mr. Kizziar conducts employment law training for executives, managers and supervisors, is a lecturer and prolific writer on labor law issues, and previously served on the editorial board of the Texas Labor Letter. Mr. Kizziar co-authored a chapter, "Risk Management Issues in Employment" for the American Hospital Association's Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Facilities. He also co-authored a resource guide entitled, Human Resources Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Apartment Professionals, for the National Apartment Association. Jim has been recognized for his labor and employment expertise as a Texas Super Lawyer and by Best Lawyers in America.

Publications and Speeches

"Getting Along: The Difficult Intersection between Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Accommodation in Employment" Texas Apartment Association, 2015

"Ten Employer New Year’s Resolutions: Implementing Lessons Learned from 2014," Bloomberg BNA, 2015

"Conducting Internal Investigations: It’s More Than You Think,"  Texas Apartment Association, 2015

“Strategic Perspectives — Making room for Fido at work: animals in the workplace as reasonable accommodations,” Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily, February 5, 2015

"Workplace Monitoring and Recordings: His, Hers and Ours?, Texas Apartment Association, 2015

"Legal Review of Labor & Employment and Immigration Developments," North America Division of Seventh Day Adventist Church, April 22 & 23, 2013

"Department of Labor Proposed Changes to Employee Exemption Standards: Which of Your Employees Would Be Affected?," Texas Apartment Association, 2015

"Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Their Significant Impact on Non-Union Research Workplaces," AIRI 2012 Annual Meeting, October 2, 2012

"Developments in Disability Discrimination Law," Texas Bar CLE – 20th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course, January 26, 2012, Dallas, TX.

"When Grown-Ups Act Like Children: The Importance Of Consistency In Disciplinary Actions," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, April 2009.

"Congress Expands FMLA to Provide Leave for Family of Service Members," SAHRMA Legal Update, March 2008.

"EEOC Provides Guidance on Lawful Employer Testing and Screening of Applicants," Texas Land Title Association Newsletter, December 16, 2007.

"Texas Legislature Wraps Up 80th Session: New Laws Employers Need To Know," Texas Land Title Association Newsletter, August 22, 2007.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1973

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 10th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court


Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization


State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Federal Bar Association, National Council, Past Member
Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter, Past President
San Antonio Human Resources Management Association, Past Officer and Board MemberYMCA of San Antonio, Board of Directors
American Heart Association, San Antonio Division, Chairman and Board of Directors
Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation, Board of Directors and Past Secretary
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, 2011-2013
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, San Antonio Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management, 2013
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, 2003-2017
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2016
Scene in SA: San Antonio's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, 2005-2007, 2014
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating