NLLG

James Sears Bryant

Founder / Chairman

James Bryant founded and co-owns National Litigation Law Group. Throughout his career he has innovated solutions for a wide variety of complicated problems.  

He led the litigation against the NCAA that enabled a small NAIA school in Texas to become a full member of the NCAA Division I without waiting the full probationary period, which ultimately led many other institutions to follow, fundamentally changing the landscape of collegiate athletics.

He also fashioned the use of immunity for the first time in an NCAA investigation that not only preserved a student-athlete’s eligibility at what is now a Big 12 football program, but also resulted in lessening the sanctions against that University’s athletic program.

As Special Counsel charged with investigating the university’s handling of sexual assaults at both a Big 10 and a Big 12 university, his work led to the implementation of new and improved practices and procedures dealing with these issues.

He has also served in-house positions at a number of universities, including The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary of New York City.  He was Special Counsel to the Boards of the University of Iowa and The Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges (Oklahoma State University).

He has taught at the University of Louisville, Wichita State University, and Oklahoma City University School of Law.  He has given guest lectures at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the William and Mary School of Law, and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Bryant became a Tower Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in 2023. He has served as a board member for three liberal arts colleges and two national operating non-profits.

As a professional sports attorney, he represented four NBA All Stars, among the over 30 players for which he was an agent, and he represented dozens more as their lawyer. He also represented a Division One Conference.

He also owns a film company in Los Angeles, Jesse James Films. His film “What The Hell Happened to Blood Sweat and Tears was released in over 100 theaters in 2023 and was nominated and a finalist for Critics’ Choice Music Documentary Of The Year.

Representative Experience

Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Assistant District Attorney, Oklahoma

Special Judge, Oklahoma

Associate District Judge, Oklahoma

District Judge, Oklahoma

ADMISSIONS
Oklahoma

District of Columbia

Texas

Missouri

BAR & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Oklahoma Advisory Committee to The United States Civil Rights Commission (Member)
Former Editorial Board member, Journal of College and University Law, Notre Dame Law School

PUBLISHED WORKS
Book co-author “Bridging the Gaps – A Field Guide to Networks,” (Lucas Park Books, St. Louis, Missouri, 2008)
Book author “Liberal Arts Colleges in Crises. The Transformation of the Eureka College Board,” (Southwestern University Press, Winfield, Kansas, 2012)
Co-author “Laws, Not Lawyers: How States Can Protect Nonprofit Leaders From Litigation,” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 2, 2007)
Co-author “Protecting Nonprofit Directors and Scarce Resources,” (Journal of Payment Systems Law, July/August 2007)
Co-author “Representing the Oklahoma Athlete in NCAA Investigations,” (62 Oklahoma Bar Journal 3815, 1991)
Author “Retroactive Taxation: A Constitutional Analysis of the Minimum Tax on Intangible Drilling Costs,” (36 Oklahoma Law Review 107, 1983)

EDUCATION
Phillips University, B.S.,1975
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1978
Brandeis University, M.A., Crown Fellow, 1980
Dartmouth College, M.A., 2001
University of Pennsylvania, Ed.D., Honors for thesis, 2007

Our nationwide Staff

Meet the people who get the job done

Septimber
Albaugh
Senior Litigation Support
Vivian
Allred
Legal Assistant II
Yusuf
Alwattar
Associate Attorney
James
Ballentine
Associate Attorney
Lanson
Bordelon
Associate Attorney
Mikael
Bryant
Assistant General Counsel
Hope
Bryant
Director of Business Litigation
Karla
Bustillos
Matter Intake Representative I
Kylie
Cain
Legal Assistant I
Brittany
Callison
Manager, Settlement Operations
W.
Lance
Conn
Co-Owner
Erin
Conyers
Legal Assistant II - Social Media Specialist
Juliana
Cordova
Client Services Representative II
Brenda
Davila
Legal Assistant I
Jody
Deibler
Legal Assistant I
Ashley
Dolci
Legal Assistant I
Leslie
Ann
Dunn
Associate Attorney
Linzy
Duvall
Legal Assistant I
Shuntay
Edwards-Brisco
Release of Funds Rep I
Ryan
M.
Eitzmann
Chief Executive Officer
Nathan
Fulton
Manager of Matter Intake & Client Services
Adam
Habibi
Of Counsel
Cristi
Heard
Client Services Representative I
Matt
Hopkins
Of Counsel
Lauren
Hunaish
Legal Assistant I
Denise
Jarman
Legal Assistant II
Jeremy
Grey
Johnston
Legal Assistant I
Sanna
Khan
Associate Attorney
Elizabeth
Lamb
Legal Assistant I
Myisha
McClain
Post Settlement Representative I
Jamie
Meinecke
Paralegal I
Jenna
C.
Merkle
Senior Litigation Support
Ivory
Miles
Matter Intake Representative I
Curtis
W.
Molloy
Associate Attorney
Rebecca
C.
Montano
Legal Assistant I
Irakli
Mujirishvili
Negotiator
Jacqueline
Niba
Associate Attorney
John
A.
Norman
Associate Attorney
Shantavia
Parker
Paralegal I
Courtney
Patrick
Matter Intake Representative II
Cody
Poe
Of Counsel
Lili
Poole
Paralegal I
Blanca
Recio
Client Services Representative I
Analiese
Rhoades
Human Resources Generalist
Alicia
Self
Legal Assistant I
Daniel
Shaw
Associate Attorney
Angela
Shaw
Litigation Mail Clerk
Kristan
Simpson
Matter Intake Representative I
Wandy
Vasquez
Client Services Representative I
Michelle
Vaughn-Chance
Litigation Mail Clerk
Ashley
Walker
Associate Attorney
Ryan
Washington
Matter Intake Team Lead
Tabitha
Wendler
Director of IT
Rami
Williams
Client Services Team Lead
Tyler
Wilson
Of Counsel
Dustin
A.
Young
Director of Consumer Litigation