Practice Areas

Estate Planning and Probate


Duke University, 1974
University of Houston (JD), 1978

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas


Phone: 713.590.9655

James A. Byerly

Estate Planning and Probate Law

Jim has been practicing law since 1978. He began his legal career at Urban & Coolidge, where he became partner in 1984. In 1995, Jim was a founding partner of Page, Murphree, Byerly & Hansen. Jim joined Ewing & Jones in 2011 and was a Managing Principal from 2012 through 2020. His estate planning/probate expertise and corporate transaction experience offer a unique and valuable resource to his clients.

Jim is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and prepares many Wills and Trusts every year, ranging from the simplest to the very complex. He participates on the Speakers Bureau of the Houston Bar Association and has made over 100 speeches on various estate planning and probate topics to civic organizations, churches, and businesses.

Jim graduated from Duke University in 1974 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1978 from the University of Houston, where he was a member of the Law Review. He became a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1978 and became board certified in estate planning and probate in 1991. Jim is also a member of the the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Jim is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate planning and probate. Jim has spoken to the following groups:

  • Houston Hospice
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Tomball Community Health Forum
  • Retired Military Officers' Association
  • The Houston Public Library
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • Northbrook Senior High School
  • Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
  • Chapelwood Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church of Houston
  • Westchase Civic Association
  • The Houston Area Community of Care
  • Spring Shadows Place
  • The People's Law School
  • Copelin Financial Advisors
  • The New England Insurance and Investments
  • PanEnergy Corporation
  • Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co.
  • Conoco Houston Credit Union
  • U.S. Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Highway Employees Credit Union
  • Sunoco Credit Union
  • DBR Engineering Consultants
  • Bayland Community Association
  • St. John Vianny Women's Club
  • AARP Cy-Fair Chapter
  • The Hampton
  • The Women's Center