James devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of attorneys, accountants, brokers, broker-dealers, investment firms, insurance agents, real estate agents, architects, engineers and other professionals in professional negligence claims. He also counsels and represents clients with regard to regulatory matters with self-regulatory organizations and state securities and insurance commissions. He regularly represents clients in state and federal court proceedings and at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration hearings and mediations throughout the country.
James has tried numerous cases to jury verdicts and arbitration panel awards and has successfully argued several cases in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania.
Following law school, James served as a law clerk to The Honorable Robert I. Richter of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and subsequently lived and practiced in Virginia and the District of Columbia before returning to Pittsburgh.
James has been awarded an AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability, and is a reflection of his knowledge, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2013-present
Year Joined Organization
Legal Update for Securities
March 20, 2015
Recent Litigation VictoriesIn a recent FINRA arbitration, Stanley Abel v. Janney Montgomery Scott, FINRA Arbitration No. 14-00018, Sam Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his clients, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, and..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense SLAPPS Plaintiffs Case
Aug 25, 2016
In this non-profit agency directors and officers liability case, our client, a non-profit environmental protection association, was dismissed with prejudice on preliminary objections in the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County, Pennsylvania. The...