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James Payne

490 Park
Beaumont TX 77701
(409) 835-6000

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Texas Personal Injury Trial Lawyers

When you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury, or when a loved one has been injured or has died in a fatal accident, you need a law firm and an injury attorney you can trust. When you come to the Provost Umphrey Law Firm, you are placing an important matter into our hands. Our Texas personal injury trial lawyers and our legal staff take your trust seriously. Our attorneys regularly work with nationally recognized experts in medicine, design engineering and safety, as well as medical economists and other experts in building our clients' cases.


When the personal injury trial lawyers at the Provost Umphrey Law Firm commit to a case, they stay committed. We know that we are the best opportunity our clients have for justice, so we are relentless and aggressive in pursuit of the expert witnesses, scientific evidence, investigations and depositions necessary to make our case.

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Most people simply don't have the resources to fight a complex lawsuit against a big insurance company or any other big corporation. Our personal injury law firm delivers compassionate, thorough legal services from highly trained, successful trial lawyers at no up-front cost to our clients. Since 1969, we have earned the trust of clients by representing people — not insurance companies. On personal injury matters at the Provost Umphrey Law Firm, we never represent insurance companies.


At the Provost Umphrey personal injury law firm, our Texas personal injury trial lawyers and our staff believe in the rightness of our clients' cases, and we believe in the jury system. To assure justice for all, we continue to build on a strong, nationwide reputation as advocates for union workers and others that need our help in:

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James E. Payne 
490 Park Street
P.O. Box 4905
Beaumont, Texas 77704

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James E. Payne, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, graduated with honors from the University of Houston in 1989 with a B.S. in Political Science. James worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for Congressman William Lehman. Following his time in Washington, James earned his law degree from the University of Houston and was admitted to the bar in 1993. While attending law school, he received several awards and honors, including selection to the Order of Barrister. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; State of Texas U.S. District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas.

In 1995, James moved back to Jefferson County and began working with Provost & Umphrey Law Firm L.L.P., specializing in personal injury and products liability. In 1997 James became a partner with the firm. In 2000, James became a Senior Partner with the firm. James was certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1999. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him in 2001 as a Certified Civil Trial Advocate.

In 2003-2007, attorneys from across Texas selected James as one of Texas Super Lawyers, which represent less than the top 5 percent of the Texas Bar. He is also listed in "the Best Lawyers in America". He recently became a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas; Board of Directors, American Association for Justice; Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Jefferson County Bar Association, Port Arthur Bar Association (Past president), Jefferson County Black Lawyers Association and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

James is very active in several social and civic organizations. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and 100 Black Men of America. James developed the nationally recognized Buy 90 Campaign which was designed to economically empower the African American community in Southeast Texas. Mr. Payne is sought after as a motivational speaker by many organizations, schools and churches.  He recently wrote a book, "I am Healed, but I am Still Sick?"

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Partner
Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Industrial Work Site Accidents
Automobile Accident
Premises Liability
Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1999

Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1993
Honors: Order of Barristers

University of Houston, 1989
Honors: With Honors
Major:  Political Science

Honors and Awards:
Selected as one of Texas Super Lawyers, 2003 - 2008

Selected as one of "The Best Lawyers in America"

Member of American Board of Trial Advocates

Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas

College of the State Bar of Texas

American Association for Justice
Board of Directors

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Texas Young Lawyers Association

Jefferson County Bar Association

Port Arthur Bar Association
Past President

Jefferson County Black Lawyers Association

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Life Member

American Board of Trial Advocates

Past Employment Positions:
Congressman William Lehman, Washington, DC, Staff

Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., Associate

Sigma Pi Phi
Alpha Phi Alpha

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