James D Runzheimer

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Certified Public Accountant, Texas


Arlington, Texas





Jim has been practicing law in Fort Worth and Arlington since 1980. From 1977 through 1979, he was employed in the Boston office of Coopers & Lybrand, Certified Public Accountants, as a supervising tax specialist. His current practice includes business transactions and litigation representing individuals and small businesses, probate and estate planning, intellectual property, and taxation. Runzheimer served in the United States Army from 1967 until his honorable discharge with the rank of captain in 1971. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Candidate and Airborne Schools, Special Forces Unconventional Warfare School, Defense Language Institute (Turkish), and U.S. Army School Europe (Atomic Demolition Munitions). He received the National Defense Service Medal, U.S. Army Parachute Badge, and Royal Greek Raiding Forces Parachute Badge. His overseas service included 14 months in Germany with Special Forces Detachment – Europe, including three training missions to Greece. Runzheimer’s community activities include membership, 1994 through the present, Board of Directors, and Treasurer, 2002 through present, of North Central Texas Interlink. He served as the Executive Chairperson – Elect, Steering Committee, North Central Texas Tech Prep Consortium, 1992-1993, and Executive Chairperson, 1993-1995. He was president of Great Southwest Rotary from 2004 – 2005. He has been the coordinator of the annual Arlington Veterans Park Veterans Day commemoration ceremonies beginning in 2009 through the present. He was the Co-Coordinator of the Heroes of South Vietnam Memorial dedication ceremony on October 25, 2015. Runzheimer is active in CPA professional activities and was president, Arlington Association of CPAs, from 2008-2009. Jim was named in the December 2005 edition of Fort Worth, Texas magazine (page 85) as one of Tarrant County’s top lawyers in the area of tax.Jim has a 32 year relationship with the Fort Worth office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a senior speaker on the legal aspects of starting a business. He recently spoke at the University of Texas – Arlington College of Business “Boots To Business” seminar at the Veterans Outreach Center sponsored by the SBA.


Areas Of Practice

  • Business Organizations
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Collections
  • Employment Law — Employer
  • Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Taxation
  • Computer Technology
  • Business Planning and Litigation
  • Trade Regulation
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Trade Secrets
  • Contracts
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • Creditor Rights
  • Trademarks
  • Foreclosures
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant
  • Land Use
  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights


Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1980
  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1979


New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts

  • J.D. – 1977
  • Honors: Dean’s List

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Major: Accounting (B.B.A.), 1973
  • Major: English Literature (B.A.), 1967


Representative Cases

Hewlett – Packard Co. v. Human Performance Measurement, Inc., 23 USPQ 2d 1390 (1992)


Classes / Seminars

Lecturer in Business Law, University of Texas-Arlington, College of Business, Arlington, TX, 1981

“Document Retention,” November 21, 2002 -“Texas Medicaid Estate Recovery,” May 20, 2004 -“Legal, Tax, and Financial Aspects of Professional Sports Facilities,” October 21, 2004 -“Mental Capacity, Incompetency, and Disability: Representing the Elderly in a Murky World of Unknowns,” November 18, 2004 -“Document Retention After Arthur Andersen, Bankruptcy Reform, And Homeland Security,” Sept. 15, 2005 -“Keeping the Small Business Alive After Death of Co-Owner or Conflict Between Co-Owners: Legal, Tax and Planning Issues,” February 18, 2010, Author/Speaker – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES, MID-CITIES/ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

“Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law” and “Law of Easements”; seminar titled “Texas Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors”; Arlington Texas; sponsored by Halfmoon, LLC; January 12, 2011, Author/Speaker – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PRESENTATION (PDHs FOR TEXAS CIVIL ENGINEERS AND CEUs FOR TEXAS LAND SURVEYORS APPROVED BY TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYING

“Contract Law for Surveyors” and “Law of Easements and Rights of Way”; seminar titled “Texas Land Surveying Laws”; Arlington Texas; sponsored by Halfmoon, LLC; September 13, 2012., Author/Speaker – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PRESENTATION, Continuing Education Hours for Texas Land Surveyors Approved by Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying


Honors And Awards

American Jurisprudence Award for Business Planning


Professional Associations And Memberships

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Arlington Great Southwest Rotary, Arlington, TX, Member, 1986-present; Director, 1989-1991, 2001-2005; secretary, 2001-2002; treasurer, 2002-2003; president-elect, 2003-2004; and president (2004-2005)., 1986 – Present

North Central Texas Interlink, North Texas Commission, Member of executive committee, board of directors, and treasurer, 2002-present, 1994 – Present

Legal Editor: Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Texas Small-Firm Practice Tools by Cindy Stormer, published by James Publishing, Inc.: 2006.