James P. Hanratty: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

James P. Hanratty

James P. Hanratty is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. His practice is devoted largely to automobile litigation, products liability litigation, and premises liability litigation.
Phone(904) 358-4208

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Trucking & Transportation Liability
  • Construction
  • Medical/Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Brain Injury
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Premises Liability/Casualty
  • Retail Liability
University Walsh University, B.A., English/History, 1986
Law SchoolUniversity of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, J.D., 1989
Admitted1989, Ohio; 1989, U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio; 1990, Pennsylvania; 1990, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit; 1994, U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio; 1995, West Virginia; 1995, U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia; 1995, U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia; 2012, Florida

Associations & Memberships

• American Bar Association

• Florida Bar Association

• Jacksonville Bar Association

• Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1989-1993

• Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Chair, Insurance Relations Committee, 2002-2007; Chair, Trial Tactics Committee, 2009-Pres.)

• Ohio State Bar Association

• Stark County Ohio Bar Association

• West Virginia Bar Association

MilitaryUnited States Army Reserve, 1981-1990

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 statewide 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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

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

Use, Selection of Expert Witnesses, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2003

Insurance Relations Round Table, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2003

Defense of Wrongful Death Case, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2002

Law Office Management, University of Akron, 1992, 1995

Insurance Seminar, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992

Honors & Awards

• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

• Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010

Year Joined Organization: 2006

Reported CasesSignificant 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.; Published Works: Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013; A Defendant's Guide To Approaching Head Injury Cases, Law360.com, February 8, 2013; Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs, Construction Executive, December 2012; Avoiding Headaches in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012; Opening Statements: You Never Have a Second Chance to Make a First Impression, OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Winter, 2009-2010; A Momentary Lapse Of Reason In Ohio, Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2008; Selection, Use, Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses, OACTA Review, Winter, 2002; Discovery In a Slip/Trip and Fall Case, OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring, 1998

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James P. Hanratty

200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
JacksonvilleFL 32202


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