James C. Polkinghorn: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

James C. Polkinghorn

Partner
Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(954) 847-4702

Peer Rating
 5.0/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Appellate Practice
  • Benefits Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance - EPLI
  • Employment-Related Torts
  • ERISA Defense
  • Jury Trials
 
University University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, B.A., with honors, 1980 Phi Beta Kappa
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL, J.D., with honors, 1983
 
Admitted1983, Florida; District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Florida Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities
Jim is active in the Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections of the ABA. He also actively participates in professional mediator organizations.

 
Biography

Jim Polkinghorn is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office and is the head of the litigation practice there. He is an experienced trial attorney, having tried more than thirty cases to juries in state and federal courts throughout the state of Florida and elsewhere. Jim has extensive experience litigating cases of all levels of complexity, from single-plaintiff discrimination claims to multi-party class and collective actions arising under state and federal labor and employment laws. He is also a certified mediator, which gives him a practical perspective on litigation strategy. Jim is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He was also included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders.

Experience

Representative Work

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that "Loser Pays" Attorneys' Fee Provision does not Render Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable

University of Miami Prevails in Years-long Litigation

Reported Cases

Allocco v. City of Coral Gables, 221 F. Supp. 2d 1233 (S.D. Fla. 2002)

Dingman v. Delta Health Group, 26 F. Supp. 2d 1349 (S.D. Fla. 1998)

Wilde v. Florida Pneumatic Mtg. Co., 941 F. Supp. 1203 (S.D. Fla. 1996)

Professional Activities

Jim is active in the Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections of the ABA. He also actively participates in professional mediator organizations.

Recognition

Six Attorneys from Fisher & Phillips Fort Lauderdale Office Named in South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
October 4, 2012

Community

Jim is a Life Member of the University of Florida Alumni Association and actively participates in the organization's activities. He is also an active member of Gator Boosters of Key West and the Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni Association.

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Loser Pays Attorneys' Fee Provision does not Render Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable; University of Miami Prevails in Years-long Litigation; Reported Cases; Allocco v. City of Coral Gables, 221 F. Supp. 2d 1233 (S.D. Fla. 2002); Dingman v. Delta Health Group, 26 F. Supp. 2d 1349 (S.D. Fla. 1998); Wilde v. Florida Pneumatic Mtg. Co., 941 F. Supp. 1203 (S.D. Fla. 1996)
 
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Office Information

James C. Polkinghorn

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301




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