After more than 25 years in business, ex-lawyer takes bar exam and resumes law practice

Jim Addams is practicing law once again at a Dallas law firm after a hiatus of more than 25 years.

Addams, 64, is joining Shackelford, Melton & McKinley as of counsel, according to the Texas Lawyer’s Tex Parte Blog. He spent more than 25 years in the business world, most recently as chief operating officer at Holcim Inc., a construction material company, until his retirement in April 2011. His next step was to study for the bar exams in Texas and Colorado. He is now licensed in both states as well as California, where he obtained his license after attending Georgetown law school.

Addams began his legal career at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. He is expected to help put together deals in his practice at Shackelford Melton, drawing on skills he learned in business.

“I don’t think you ever stop being a lawyer,” Addams tells Tex Parte. “Once a lawyer, always a lawyer.”

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