Jim transferred to the Jacksonville office in 2012 after a 23-year career defending manufacturers, hospitals, trucking and transportation carriers, retail establishments and construction professionals throughout Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jim is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer and has taken over 150 civil jury trials to verdict since 1989.
In Florida, Jim has put his broad based experience to work by assuming the statewide supervision of matters for key clients in a wide range of cases including products liability, trucking and transportation, commercial premises liability and construction related injuries. Jim continues to handle significant and catastrophic injury cases involving automobile and general liability claims with an emphasis on the defense of brain injury claims. He has also expanded his practice to include representing condominium and homeowners associations.
Jim maintains a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional competence and was recognized in 2010 as a Super Lawyer. Jim is licensed to practice in all State and Federal District Courts of Florida.
•Top 5 Challenges Relative to Workers' Compensation Claims, Property and Casualty Claims and For Mediators, FCCI Educational Conference, October 2018
•Defending Catastrophic Injury Claims - How to Stack the Deck in Your Favor, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018
• 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 Martindale-Hubbell
•Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010
Year Joined Organization: 2006
• Delivery Driver Crime: The Restaurant Industry Problem Nobody Talks About, QSRweb and Pizza Marketplace, September 7, 2018
James P. Hanratty Inducted Into The American Board of Trial Advocates
November 26, 2018
James P. Hanratty has been inducted into the membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S....
Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Offense is a Good Defense
Seminar • Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided. Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more..... Topics include:...
Florida Casualty Claims Symposium - Casino Royale
Seminar • Sep 20, 2018
Florida Casualty Claims Symposium 2018 - Casino Royale Join the Marshall Dennehey attorneys for a complimentary seminar discussing trending topics in Casualty in the state of Florida. Agenda Topics: Negligent Tenants Expose Negligent...
Reducing Workplace Accident Liability
Articles • December 15, 2014
Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2013
By James P. Hanratty, Esq.* Key Points: Legal counsel can provide construction firms with vital assistance when a jobsite accident occurs. Counsel may assist in insurance, evidence preservation,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
A Defendant's Guide To Approaching Head Injury Cases
Case Study • February 8, 2013
Avoiding Headaches in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2012
Key Points: Neuropsychological testing can be a sword or a shield in the defense of traumatic brain injury cases. Early reliance on expert witnesses can guide discovery and open doors to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs
Articles • December 1, 2012
You Never Have A Second Chance To Make A First Impression
Articles • January 1, 2010
OACTA Quarterly Review, 2009/2010 - Winter, Volume 2, No. 4
Defense Prevails in Mobile Home Product Liability Case
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a product liability case following a week-long jury trial. The case involved product liability and warranty claims arising out of the manufacture of a mobile home. The plaintiffs claimed that the home was...
Associations & Memberships
•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•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, 2009-2012.)
•Ohio State Bar Association
•Stark County Ohio Bar Association
•West Virginia Bar Association
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