James G Hurst

James G. Hurst  Mr. Hurst’s practice focuses on providing legal counsel to importers and exporters navigating the maze of international trade regulations.

His practice primarily involves defending against Customs penalties, advising on methods for reducing Customs liability, and providing proactive opinions with regards to Customs law and compliance. His specialties include Foreign Trade Zones, Coastwise Trade regulation, anti-dumping, countervailing duties, export licensing, bonded warehouses, customs brokerage, and export controls.

Mr. Hurst also advises on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Anti-Bribery Act compliance, agent investigations, and defense.

Prior to joining Givens & Johnston, PLLC, James served importers and exporters as a licensed customs broker. In addition, James has experience drafting patent and trademark applications as an attorney.

James has dealt with a variety of merchandise including biomedical samples, clothing, oilfield equipment, honey, and various chemicals.

Bar & Court Association

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


  • University of Texas, Austin, B.S., 1997
  • University of Houston, J.D., 2001

Professional & Civic Association

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • U.S.-Mexico Bar Association