Attorney Profile


James Bertsch began practicing law with Touchstone Bernays in 1983 and has been a partner since 1990. James has represented clients in matters involving personal injury/wrongful death, construction law, medical malpractice, health care, professional malpractice, products liability, premises liability, trucking litigation, taxi cab litigation, insurance defense, mold litigation, and general civil litigation. James has been appointed by courts to act as a guardian ad litem and as a mediator. James completed formal mediation training in 2010 and is actively involved in the ADR/mediation process.

Litigation Matters

Defended multiple commercial contractors in construction litigation.
Defended numerous professionals in professional malpractice litigation.
Defended multiple individuals and businesses in personal injury litigation.
Defended physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nursing homes in medical malpractice litigation.
Defended home health agencies in health care and abuse litigation.
Defended placement agencies in child abuse litigation.
Defended trucking companies in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Defended taxi companies in personal injury litigation.
Defended national insurance carriers in bad faith insurance litigation.

Representative Clients

Hanover Insurance Group
Qualitas Insurance Company
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Turner Construction Company
Bitco Insurance Company
Philadelphia Insurance Company
American Safety Insurance

Professional Affiliations

Texas Bar Association (T.B.A.)
Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Inc. (T.A.D.C.)
Defense Research Institute (D.R.I.)
Texas Association of Mediators (T.A.M.)


Southern Methodist University Law School, J.D. 1983 Dallas, Texas;
Southern Methodist University, B.A, Major: Political Science 1980;
Mediation Training in Dispute Resolution Techniques (2010);
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.


State Bar of Texas (1983)
U. S. District Court Northern District (1984)
U. S. District Court Eastern District (1986)
U. S. District Court Western District (1991)
U. S. District Court Southern District (2016)

Personal Information

Born Houston, Texas, November 30, 1958. Resident of Mesquite, Texas. Married to Rhonda, with two adult children (Chris, U.T. ’06 and Kyle, Texas A&M ’09). Valley Creek Church of Christ; member and former deacon at Seagoville Church of Christ.

Honors & Awards

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006 and 2008-2023