James T. Scime

James T. Scime: Attorney with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

James T. Scime is widely recognized as one of the region’s most skilled and respected attorneys. He practices in the areas of personal injury, construction accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents. He devotes the majority of his time to trial and litigation matters.

Mr. Scime is widely respected among his peers for his trial and negotiating skills. Many local attorneys refer matters to him when their clients have sustained serious injuries. Over the course of his career, Mr. Scime has helped thousands of people recover financial awards for injuries they have sustained.

Mr. Scime serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Speaking Engagements

•Adjunct Professor at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law

Results

•$25,000,000 A local driver who was severely injured when a liquid nitrogen tank he was delivering ruptured, received a structured settlement for his injuries
•$21,000,000 A young girl who received a structured settlement for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
•$19,000,000 A young man who received a structured settlement for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident
•$10,000,000 A woman who received a structured settlement as a result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
•$2,200,000 A 32-year-old construction worker whose case Mr. Scime tried and was awarded a verdict for non-surgical back injuries he sustained when the scaffolding he was on collapsed
•$1,600,000 An operating engineer who received for leg injuries he sustained when he was struck by a piece of steel during the repair of a bridge
•$1,400,000 A Niagara County laborer who settled his claim for injuries to his back he received when he fell on a construction site
•$1,000,000 A drywall worker who received an arbitration award for injuries to his knee resulting from a fall off dry wall stilts.

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2019; recognized for Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

American College of Trial Lawyers
Named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers; fellowship is extended only by invitation, and membership never exceeds one percent of the total population of lawyers in a particular state

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2017
Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2012
Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

America’s Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership
One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement

Who’s Who in Law
Named to the final 2012 issue of Business First/Buffalo Law Journal’s “Who’s Who in Law”

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2018

Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo for Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2015
Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo for Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Top 10
Among the Top 10 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2018; no more than 5 percent of attorneys in any state are named to this publication.

Legal Elite of Western New York

Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal‘s Legal Elite of Western New York

In the News

Reporters seek commentary from Mr. Scime on a range of personal injury topics.

•“Product Liability Cases, ” Buffalo Law Journal
•“Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Personal Touch, ” Buffalo Law Journal
• “ Car-Accident App a Sign of the Times, ” Buffalo Law Journal

in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

James T. Scime is recognized as one of region's most skilled and respected personal injury attorneys. He has significant experience and a long track record of successful results in complex personal injury matters including construction accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents.

Mr. Scime's trial skill, track record of results, and strong professional ethics have made him a go-to Personal Injury lawyer in Western New York and beyond. Many local attorneys refer matters to him when their clients have sustained serious injuries. Over the course of his career, Mr. Scime has helped thousands of people recover financial awards for injuries they have sustained.

Mr. Scime has received many of the legal industry's highest honors. He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo by Best Lawyers in America for both Personal Injury Litigation and Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Scime is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended by invitation and whose ranks never exceed one percent of the total population of lawyers in any state. Mr. Scime consistently ranked in the Top 10 among attorneys named to Super Lawyers Upstate New York edition. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics.

You can learn more about Mr. Scime and Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria's Accidents and Personal Injury Practice by visiting www.lipsitzgreen.com.

Speaking Engagements
•Lecturer for the local court justices for the Office of Court Administration

Honors and Achievements
The Best Lawyers in America
Named to The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs, Commercial Litigation

American College of Trial Lawyers
Named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is extended only by invitation. Membership never exceeds 1% of the total population of lawyers in a particular state.

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating to signify highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics.

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
Named Buffalo Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers
Named to the Top 10 among all attorneys named to New York Super Lawyers, Upstate Ed.

Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Who's Who in Law for Matrimonial and Family Law

Results
•A local driver who was severely injured when a liquid nitrogen tank he was delivering ruptured, received a $25,000,000 structured settlement for his injuries
•A young girl who received a structured settlement of more than $21,000,000 for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
•A young man who received a structured settlement of more than $19,000,000 for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident
•A woman who received a structured settlement of $10,000,000 as a result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
•A 32-year-old construction worker whose case Mr. Scime tried and was awarded a $2,200,000 verdict for non-surgical back injuries he sustained when the scaffolding he was on collapsed
•An operating engineer who received $1,600,000 for leg injuries he sustained when he was struck by a piece of steel during the repair of a bridge
•A Niagara County laborer who settled his claim for $1,400,000 for injuries to his back he received when he fell on a construction site
•A drywall worker who received a $1,000,000 arbitration award for injuries to his knee resulting from a fall off dry wall stilts. Member: Professional Activities
•Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy, Past President of the Buffalo Chapter
•Member, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, Past President and previously served on its Board of Directors
•Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
•Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Member, Bar Association of Erie County Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers

• Named "Buffalo Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 by Best Lawyers in America

• Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Medical Malpractice

• AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

• Named to New York Super Lawyers, Upstate Edition: Personal Injury Law

Speaking Engagements

• Lecturer for the local court justices for the Office of Court Administration

Professional Activities

• Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy, Past President of the Buffalo Chapter

• Member, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, Past President and previously served on its Board of Directors

• Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

• Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

• Member, New York State Bar Association

• Member, Bar Association of Erie County

Areas of Practice (22)

  • Accidents and Personal Injury
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Birth Injury
  • Cancer
  • Car Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Diagnosis Error
  • Emergency Room Error
  • Farm Accidents
  • Dog Bite Injury
  • Injury on Property
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Devices
  • Medication Error
  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nurse Error
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Product Liability
  • Surgery Error
  • Tourist Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716 849 1333  Phone
ext. 339  Phone
716 855 1580  Fax
www.lipsitzgreen.com/attorneys/scime-james
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
Capital University, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976
Admission:
1976, Ohio; 1977, New York
Memberships:

Professional Activities

•Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy, past president of the Buffalo Chapter
•Member, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, past president and previously served on the board of directors
•Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
•Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Member, Bar Association of Erie County

ISLN:
903901770

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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