James Roddy Tanner


Tanner and Associates, PC


The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with Honors, 1974

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Tarrant County (TX) Bar Foundation
Former Director, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
Co-Chair, National Employment Lawyers Association Labor Law Practice Group
Founding Member and Past Director, Texas Employment Lawyers Association
Past Chair and Member, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section
Member, American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
Past Chair and Member, Tarrant County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
Member, Dallas County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Experience

Mr. Tanner has extensive experience counseling and representing private and public sector labor unions in litigation, arbitration, unfair labor practice cases, representation proceedings, and contract negotiations. He also has a diverse employment law practice representing employees in employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, contract, and tort cases. His notable labor and employment cases include Int’l Ass’n of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 2121 v. Goodrich Corp. (5th Circuit), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 647 (2005), and Aiello v. United Air Lines, 818 F.2d 1196 (5th Cir. 1987). He also has extensive complex litigation experience including RICO cases and employment discrimination class actions. Mr. Tanner has written many scholarly papers and he has spoken frequently before professional, labor, and business groups on subjects ranging from the National Labor Relations Act to non-competition agreements. He is co-editor and a contributing author of Texas Employment Law (James Publishing Inc. 2019).

Community Service

U.S. Representative Marc Veasey Judicial Nominations Committee Member
Director, Community Learning Center, Inc.

Professional Honors and Achievements

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Labor Law – Union, Employment Law – Individuals, and Litigation – Labor and Employment (1999 – present)

Recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers (2019-2020)
Named one of Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers (2021)
Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers for Labor and Employment Law (2003-2021)
Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers (BL Rankings) as Tier 1/Dallas-Fort Worth in Labor Law – Union, Employment Law – Individuals, and Litigation Labor and Employment (2021)
Outstanding Legal Writing Award, State Bar of Texas (2007)
Recognized as one of Top 16 Labor and Employment Attorneys in Texas by Texas Lawyer (2006)
Recognized as Best Labor and Employment Attorney in Tarrant County, Texas, Fort Worth Business Press (May 2001)

Board Certified Labor and Employment Law, Tex. Board of Legal Specialization, (1990 – present)