James J. Duane, III

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James J. Duane, III is highly regarded by insurers as an expert well-versed on the intricate legal issues related to their handling of claims for insurance coverage. Mr. Duane excels at thoroughly analyzing and evaluating cases at their outset, and advising clients on winning strategies and potential resolutions, including alternative dispute resolution. In addition to providing out-of-court advice, Mr. Duane represents insurers in lawsuits, including declaratory judgment actions seeking policy coverage and alleging bad faith claims handling. He has extensive trial experience in professional liability, employment, personal injury, and business matters. He has enjoyed considerable success representing insurance companies in various appeals involving insurance coverage matters. Mr. Duane is also experienced in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He has lectured in the fields of trial practice, insurance coverage and bad faith, and medical risk management.

Mr. Duane has appeared before federal trial courts in New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. In addition, he has handled cases before state courts in California, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Mississippi and Texas. He has also appeared before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, including successfully defending a client in a public hearing against an age bias claim.

Since 1997, Mr. Duane has maintained an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Duane is included in the 2011 and 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and has been selected to Best Lawyers in America 2013, a leading directory of attorneys

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Reinsurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
617-951-2045  Phone
617-235-3528  Fax
University Attended:
Lehigh University, B.A., with high honors, 1973; Manchester University, England, M.A., 1975
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Fourth Circuits; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1979, Massachusetts

Massachusetts and American (Member, Section on: Tort and Insurance Practice) Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute

Birth Information:
Flushing, New York, July 11, 1951

Peer Reviews

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Boston, Massachusetts

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