Jim is a shareholder in the Casualty Department who transferred to the Jacksonville office in 2012 after a 23 year career defending manufacturers, property owners, retail establishments, hospitals and construction professionals throughout Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jim is an experienced litigator and has tried well over 100 jury trials to verdict.
Since coming to Florida, Jim has assumed the state-wide supervision of matters for key clients focusing on retail and commercial premises liability matters. He has continued to handle significant injury cases involving automobile and general liability claims with an emphasis on the defense of brain injury claims.
Jim has been a regular speaker on the topics of trial advocacy and case handling. He has been the chair of the Trial Tactics Committee and the Insurance Relations Committee of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, a statewide defense organization. Jim maintains a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent and was recognized in 2010 as an Ohio Super Lawyer.
Significant Representative Matters
•A defense jury verdict in a tort/underinsured motorist suit directly against an insurance carrier where the plaintiff claimed brain injury and demanded $1.25 million.
•Resolution of a wrongful death action against a manufacturer of a forklift for nuisance value ($5,000) by establishing that the incident was not caused by a defect in the product.
•Resolution of a claim during trial of a dentist who, as a result of an auto accident, was left with neurological damage to her right arm. Economic experts claimed her professional loss due to the inability to practice dentistry was in excess of $3.4 million, but the case was settled during trial for approximately 24% of that number, due in large part to the cross examination of plaintiff's expert revealing several inconsistencies.
•Supervised and coordinated several protective investigations for national construction firm requiring immediate response and scene inspection within hours of incidents to preserve the evidence and coordinate defenses often leading to the prevention of claims.
•Prepared and argued successful motion for summary judgment in Federal Court for manufacturer of industrial machinery.
•Successfully coordinated investigation and defense of Japanese manufacturer of industrial machinery in an amputation case leading to dismissal of client before trial.
•Discovery In A Slip/Trip And Fall Case, OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring, 1998
•Selection, Use, Care And Feeding Of Expert Witnesses, OACTA Review, Winter, 2002
•Opening Statements: You Never Have a Second Chance to Make a First Impression, OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Winter, 2009-2010
•Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs, Construction Executive, December 2012
•Courtroom Warriors Present: Trying Your Case To A Defense Verdict; Opening Statements; Making A Good First Impression, Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, August 2008
•Law Office Management, University of Akron (1992, 1995)
•Insurance Seminar, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (1992)
•Defense of Wrongful Death Case, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2002)
•Insurance Relations Round Table, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2003)
•Use, Selection of Expert Witnesses, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2003)
Past Employment Positions
•United States Army Reserve, 1981-1990
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010
Year Joined Organization: 2006