James focuses his practice on the investigation and litigation of Special Investigative Unit and Property Damage claims, including arson, burglaries, public adjuster represented claims, mold/ pollution and automobile thefts. Within his areas of practice, James is experienced in the bad faith and coverage issues inherent in first party/SIU investigations and litigation. Throughout his career, James has assisted with hundred's of SIU investigations; litigated hundreds of first party property lawsuits; and consulted on hundreds of property coverage issues. He is frequently asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on a variety of topics concerning property damage, insurance fraud and bad faith.
James is a 1990 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Immediately following graduation, he worked as a claims representative with a large insurance carrier, where for eight years he was involved in the investigation and resolution of property and casualty claims. In 1995, he entered Temple University School of Law while continuing to work full time. James graduated from Temple University in 1999 with a degree of juris doctor. Thereafter, he joined Marshall Dennehey and is currently chair of the firm's SIU Litigation and Property Litigation Practice Groups. His first hand property background, insurance industry knowledge and familiarity with property policies allows him to effectively, efficiently and practically counsel clients on Property and SIU issues, and when necessary provide a vigorous and common sense defense tailored to the needs of a particular carrier.
•Mock Examination Under Oath: Theft Loss, PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo, San Antonio, TX, April 2016
•Managing the Irrational Claimant - a Psychological & Legal Perspective, Pennsylvania's 2016 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April, 2016
•It's Jeopardy! An In-depth Look At The Unfair Claims Act, Client Presentation, Omaha, NE, March, 2016
•Cooperation with Law Enforcement, ICAC Webinar, November 2015
•Appraisal and Recent Trends in Bad Faith Law, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, April, 2015
•Property Overview: 3Ms - Marring, Matching, Misrepresentation, New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2014
•Property Overview: 3Ms - Marring, Matching, Misrepresentation, Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June, 2014
•Coverage C : Tools to Ensure Payment of Legitimate Content Claims, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, May, 2014
•Cooperative Investigations-The Necessity and Pitfalls of Information Sharing, 2014 Pennsylvania Fraud Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April, 2014
•Streamlining the Process and Controlling the Cost of Large-Scale Ring Cases, IFM - 2014 Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Amelia Island, FL, March 2014
•Auto Repair Fraud, Moderator, New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2013
•Towing and Auto Body Fraud, IASIU's 28th Annual Seminar and Expo on Insurance Fraud, Atlanta, GA, September 2013
•Investigating Suspicious Wind and Hail Claims, Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (PAMIC) Annual Claims Summit, Gettysburg, PA, April 3, 2013
•Body Shop and Towing Fraud, Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Annual Conference, Hershey, PA, April 1-2, 2013
•Effectively Managing Complex and Emerging Issues, 2012 NJSIA 22nd Annual Fraud Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ
•The Importance of a Complete and Thorough Investigation, 2012Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Cleveland, OH
•Recent Trends in Auto Body & Towing Fraud - Enhanced Damage and Reconstructed Titles, 2012Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA
•Managing Public Adjuster Issues, 2012 IFMC - Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ
•Proper Interaction and the Role of the Public Adjuster During an Arson Investigation, 2012 ICAC - National Arson Training Seminar, Las Vegas, NV
•Insurance Fraud, 2011 ACFE Conference, San Diego, CA
•Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims, 2011 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA
•Managing the Public Adjuster Process, 2011 IFM Conference, Amelia Island, FL
•Homeowner Fraud, 2010 NJSIA Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
•Civil Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims, 2010 NICB Hail Fraud Awareness Conference, West Deptford, NJ
•The Importance of a Complete Investigation, 2010 Combating Insurance Fraud Conference, Conshohocken, PA
•Public Adjusters an SIU Perspective, 2010 IASIU Conference, Orlando, FL
•Public Adjusters An SIU Perspective, 2010 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Gettysburg, PA
•SIU and the Public Adjuster Represented, 2009 IASIU Conference, Palm Desert, CA
•Cooperative Arson Investigations, 2009 PLRB Conference, Seattle, WA
•Property Claims Overview, 2008 PAMIC Conference, Harrisburg, PA
•Investigating Fraudulent Claims and Reporting Requirements, 2006 IASIU Conference, La Quinta, CA
•Application Fraud; PIP Fraud; Automobile Theft Fraud; Medical Fraud; Special Disaster Fraud; Arson Investigations and Bad Faith, local and national presentations to clients
• Much Ado About Marring, co-written with Hillary Dean, Litigation Management, Winter 2014
• Game, Set, Match The Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Whether An Insurance Company Owes To Match, Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2008
• When an Insured Fires a Public Adjuster: The Sequel, Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2006
•'Direct Physical Loss Does Not Equal Direct Physical Damage: The Third Circuit Expands the Scope of Property Insurance Coverage, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2005
• When The Insured Fires A Public Adjuster, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005
• Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Application of Depreciation in Homeowners Policies, Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 2004
Honors & Awards
•National Insurance Crime Bureau, Certificate of Appreciation, 2010
•Associate in Claims (AIC), The Insurance Institute of America
•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Co-Chair of Property Committee
•Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2014 (CLMP)
•Instructor and Executive Council Member, CLM Claims College, School of Property
Year Joined Organization
Five Marshall Dennehey Attorneys to Serve as Faculty at the CLMs 2016 Claims College
August 11, 2016
Attorneys James H. Cole, Andrew W. Davitt, Eric A. Fitzgerald, Edward J. McGinn, Jr. and Matthew S. Schorr, all shareholders at civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will serve as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) 2016 Claims...
Five Marshall Dennehey Attorneys to Serve as Faculty at CLM Claims College
August 24, 2015
Attorneys James H. Cole, Andrew W. Davitt, Eric A. Fitzgerald, Edward J. McGinn, Jr. and Matthew S. Schorr, all shareholders at civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will serve as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) annual Claims...
Marshall Dennehey to Present Insurance Fraud Seminar
May 16, 2014
The Casualty Department of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin will hold a complimentary seminar, Insurance Fraud 360, on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill. Designed for insurance fraud professionals, SIU investigators and...
James H. Cole (Doylestown, PA) addressed the topic of Property Insurance Fraud
January 12, 2012
James H. Cole (Doylestown, PA) addressed the topic of Property Insurance Fraud as the guest speaker for an audio conference presented by Lorman Education Services. With the current financial crisis, property insurance fraud is gaining prominence, as insureds, contractors and body shops are faced...
Insurance Fraud Perspectives - Ohio 2012
Nov 14, 2012
Join our distinguished panel for lunch and a discussion on issues relating to fraud.
2015 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference
Apr 27, 2015
The Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA), Delaware Valley and Greater Pittsburgh Chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) will host the 2015 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference on April...
2016 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference
Apr 7, 2016
Pennsylvania's 2016 Insurance Fraud Conference, jointly hosted by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority and the Delaware Valley and Greater Pittsburgh Chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units,...
Mock Examination Under Oath: Theft Loss
Apr 17, 2016
PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo - the industry's largest and diverse educational conference. The claims conference delivers resources to improve job performance with nearly 100 educational classes, more than 50 percent new...
Insurance Fraud 360 Marshall Dennehey 2016 SIU Fraud Seminar
Jun 2, 2016
Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a discussion and in-depth look at trending topics in Fraud and SIU. Don't miss the panel discussion on emerging trends in fraud with insight from members of the insurance industry.Guest Speaker:...
Much Ado About Marring
January 2, 2014
On the Pulse...Profile of Property Litigation Practice Group
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2012
The endless claims scenarios, coupled with face-to-face contact and helping insureds through difficult times, are part of what makes property claims so challenging and rewarding. Unfortunately, more and more insureds and their representatives view..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
On The Pulse...Special Investigative Unit Practice Group Profile
Defense Digest Article
June 1, 2009
The economic slowdown has effected the entire nation and has brought with it sharp increases in the unemployment rate, foreclosures, repossessions, and bankruptcies. The financial hardships many are experiencing have correlated to an increase in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
Unanimous Defense Verdict in Bucks County Property Litigation Case
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a unanimous jury verdict after a four-week trial in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs' demand never moved from $9 million throughout the trial. The plaintiff family (mother, father and adult daughter) claimed that their house...