For over three decades of practice, Jim has focused his practice in the representation of self-insureds and insurers in complex tort and coverage litigation involving all types of common carrier and private transportation fleets, including interstate trucking, waste haulers, taxicab, shuttle and bus operators, loading dock matters, rental vehicle fleets, and paratransit and ambulance services. These have frequently involved issues of driver qualification records, hours of service and log violations, and driver supervision and training, as well as off dispatch and independent contractor issues.
Jim has handled all types of personal injury, cargo, hazardous materials, indemnification, and insurance coverage issues in this area of practice. Jim has handled numerous fatality cases arising out of transportation accidents, including three defense verdicts and multiple wage earner brain damage cases.
In addition to accidents involving multiple claims of fatality/injuries, Jim has successfully coordinated policy tender in multiple claimant situations involving disaster type damages and insufficient coverage. He is frequently brought in to supervise the initial accident response in major crashes, coordinate the investigation, handle record and evidence preservation, and oversee expert activity and spoliation prevention issues.
Jim earned his bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from West Chester State University and his juris doctor from Villanova University where he served on the Law Review. He speaks frequently on transportation law topics for business professionals and was a speaker at the American Bar Association's Transportation Mega Conference II. Jim is the author of a number of articles on transportation law published in Defense Digest.
Jim has been recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of transportation.
•Advanced Trial Tactics, National Business Institiute, December 2012
•Handling Commercial Vehicle First-Party Benefit Claims Under the PA Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act, November 2011
•Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 1998
•Presenting and Defending Claims Against Transportation Carriers, Transportation MegaConference II, American Bar Association, 1995
• Limited Tort Proof: Get the Signed Waiver Election Form!!, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014
• Pennsylvania Supreme Court 'States' The Rule On Interstate Shipments, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2003
• 'Going My Way?' Venue Not Created By Post-Accident Transportation Of Victim, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 2, June 2002
• Serious Injury Under the MVFRL: Serious Disagreement, Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998
• Forum Non Conveniens Transfer of Venue Forecast: Continued Cloudy, Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996
• Third Circuit Review: Evans v. Buchannan 23, Villanova Law Review 782, 1977
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006
Year Joined Organization
Limited Tort Proof: Get the Signed Waiver Election Form!!
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2014
By James D. Hilly, Esq.*Key Points:Obtain an actual copy of the signed tort option selection form at the earliest possible opportunity when handling an auto claim or litigation.Counsel should always raise the applicable limited tort..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Associations & Memberships
•American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), 2005 - Present
•American Trucking Association, Litigation Center
•Commercial Transportation Committee, 2005 - Present, Vice Chair, 2005 - 2013
•Philadelphia Bar Association, State Civil Rules Committee
•Committee on Legislative Liaison
•President Judges Select Committee on Trial Lists
•Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Pro Tem and Certified Arbitrator
•Trucking Industry Defense Association