Jim Lare joined Marshall Dennehey in 2007, following his experience as an associate for a large, international law firm and a federal judicial clerk. Since joining Marshall Dennehey, Jim has focused his practice on aviation and aerospace law, commercial litigation, and products liability cases.
Jim has significant experience representing companies across a number of industries, including product manufacturers and sellers, air carriers, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance facilities, real estate developers, and distributors of nutritional products in claims for personal injury, business losses, and property damage. Additionally, he has experience in aspects of international law, having successfully arbitrated before the International Chamber of Commerce and litigating issues involving treaties. Part of his practice also includes handling investigations, defending individuals and companies involved in agency enforcement actions, and regulatory law. Jim also has experience with alternate dispute resolution, risk evaluation on complex liability issues, damage assessments, and negotiating settlements.
Jim's practice also involves serving as outside general counsel to a regional maintenance facility. In this capacity, he has drafted various agreements and advised on regulatory and contract compliance.
Previously, Jim was a pilot for a major airline, flying the MD80 on routes across the continental United States and throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. Following a reduction in force as part of an industry downturn in 2002, Jim decided to pursue a legal career and graduated from law school in 2005 with high honors and served as editor-in-chief of law review.
Significant Representative Matters
•Successfully moved for summary judgment in personal injury actions, resulting in determination of non-liability.
•Defended action brought by major pharmaceutical company for multi-million dollar loss of inaugural shipment of prescription drugs and successfully moved court to limit damages under international treaty to less than $35,000.
•Obtained favorable ruling on motion for partial summary judgment in complex commercial case governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, resulting in substantial seven-figure recovery for client through settlement.
•Effectively moved for dismissal of case for lack of personal jurisdiction, totally eliminating liability for client.
•Successful representation of corporate client before International Chamber of Commerce, resulting in award that was enforceable overseas and paid by foreign corporation.
•Represented air carrier in claim for substantial property damage and business losses, resulting in jury verdict in client's favor.
•Defended product liability action at jury trial with national trial counsel for aircraft manufacturer, resulting in defense verdict.
•Through motion practice, eliminated contractual limitation of liability that was asserted as defense to client's counterclaim for damages.
•Adjunct Professor -- Legal Methods III, Widener University School of Law (2008-Present)
Past Employment Positions
Year Joined Organization: 2007