Personally Speaking with… James E. Payne

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

James E. Payne is an equity partner at Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. In addition to practicing personal injury law, Payne is very active in social and civic causes. Most recently, he spoke at the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont Annual Scholarship Banquet on “Winning the Game of Life.”

  1. What made you want to become a lawyer? When I was 10 years old, I was involved in a personal injury matter that required legal expertise. The lawyer that represented my made sure I understood the process and kept me informed with the decisions that was made. The attorney continued to monitor my progress through my educational experiences which allowed me to express an interest in the practice of law.
  1. Why did you decide to focus on personal injury law? Personal injury law was the only area I wanted to practice. It was the area that I believed was client-centered and result oriented.
  1. What do you do for fun? Bowling and playing golf.
  1. Where did you grow up? Port Arthur, Texas
  1. What is your favorite place in Southeast Texas? My home. It is a place where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.
  1. What is your proudest moment? The birth of my children. I knew, as scary as it was, that their lives were dependent on my work ethic.
  1. What is your favorite movie? The Golden Child
  1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Smothered steak and rice. I am still very traditional when it comes to my appetite.
  1. What goals do you have for yourself for the next five years? I hope that I will learn to work smarter and further my children’s educational opportunities with colleges/universities.
  1. What is one destination in the world that is on your travel bucket list? South Africa
  1. What do you think sets Provost Umphrey apart from other law firms? We have the resources to provide an excellent opportunity to fight for the rights of people who have been injured and provide the legal representation for the best interest of the client.
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