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Hodge & James
1617 E. Tyler Avenue, Suite A
Harlingen, Texas 78550Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 956-425-7400
Fax: 956-425-7707
E-Mail: ajames@hodgejames.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 534329, Harlingen, TX 78553
Established: 1994

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Casualty
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Tort Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Construction Defect
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Multiple Party/Multiple Issues Tort Cases
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About Us
The Law Firm of Hodge & James, LLP was founded January 1, 1995 by Bruce W. Hodge, former partner in Johnson & Davis, and Anthony B. James, former partner in Willette & James and Thornton & Summers. The firm defends civil lawsuits throughout the South Texas area, including Bexar, Harris, Nueces, Duvall, Brooks, Willacy, Webb, Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron, Zapata, Jim Wells, Maverick and Dimmit Counties. Mr. Hodge and Mr. James have been trying civil lawsuits through out South Texas since 1983. Mr. James has tried in excess of 150 cases to a verdict.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Family Insurance GroupBituminous Insurance Company
The Colony GroupCommercial America Insurance Company
Effective Claims Management, Inc.Federated Insurance Companies
Hartford Insurance CompanyIAT Specialty
Lindsay General Insurance AgencyNational American Insurance Company
Nationwide InsuranceOhio Casualty Insurance Company
Philadelphia Insurance CompanyScottsdale Insurance Company
Sentry InsuranceSpecialty Risk Services
Travelers Insurance CompaniesTrident Insurance
United Fire GroupZurich American Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.SUPERVALU, Inc.
Texas General Agency
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Personnel Information
Shareholder
Anthony B. James
Harlingen, TX
E-Mail:ajames@hodgejames.com
Admitted
  • Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
Speaker: State Bar of Texas, Seminar on Insurance Litigation; Rio Grand Valley Independent Claims Adjusters Association Annual Conference, 1995; AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • American, Cameron County and Hidalgo County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1998
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Texas-Pan American, B.A., 1980
  • University of Houston, J.D., 1983
Language:
  • Spanish
Born:1958
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Of Counsel
Lisa M. Ellis
Harlingen, TX
E-Mail:lellis@hodgejames.com
Admitted
  • Texas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1992
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Cameron and Hidalgo County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Austin College, B.A., 1988
  • Texas Tech University, J.D., 1991
Born:1965
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Bruce W. Hodge
Harlingen, TX
Admitted
  • Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1983
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Cameron County Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "To Buy Or Not To Buy Workers' Compensation-That Is The Question," Agricultural Law Seminar, 1994
Education:
  • East Texas State University, B.M., 1980
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1983
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Born:1951
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Associates
Krista E. Guiter
Harlingen, TX
E-Mail:kguiter@hodgejames.com
Admitted
  • Texas, 2006
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Cameron County and Hidalgo County Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2002
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
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Marco A. Jilpas
Harlingen, TX
E-Mail:mjilpas@hodgejames.com
Admitted
  • Texas, 2010
Education:
  • Pan American University, B.A., 2006
  • University of Houston, J.D., 2010
Born:1985
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Bryan D. Nichols
Harlingen, TX
Admitted
  • Texas, 2003
Memberships:
  • Cameron County and Hidalgo County Bar Associations
  • Cameron County Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Baylor University, B.A., 2000
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2003
Born:1978
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Service Areas
Brownsville, Texas26 miles
Edinburg, Texas40 miles
McAllen, Texas32 miles
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