James has tried numerous cases to jury verdicts and arbitration panel awards and has successfully argued several cases in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania.
Following law school, James served as a law clerk to The Honorable Robert I. Richter of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and subsequently lived and practiced in Virginia and the District of Columbia before returning to Pittsburgh.
James has been awarded an AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability, and is a reflection of his knowledge, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2013-present
Year Joined Organization: 2000
Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - September 2018
Law Alerts • September 24, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Pennsylvania Imposes Additional Requirements on Insurance Agents and Companies Regarding the Sale or Replacement of Annuities By James A. McGovern, Esquire On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Legal Update for Securities
Law Alerts • March 20, 2015
Recent Litigation Victories In a recent FINRA arbitration, Stanley Abel v. Janney Montgomery Scott, FINRA Arbitration No. 14-00018, Sam Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his clients, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, and..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Successful Representation of Insurance Agent.
Aug 24, 2018
We successfully represented an insurance agent in an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. The agent’s clients filed a complaint in which they alleged the agent failed to advise them of a waiver of premiums rider on...
Summary Judgment for Insurance Agent in Fraud and Negligence Action
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on behalf of a life insurance agent in a fraud and negligence action. Our client was alleged to have forged certain policy documents in an effort to churn the existing policies...
Financial Advisor Exonerated in FINRA Arbitration
Aug 30, 2017
Received a defense decision in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) binding arbitration proceeding conducted in Pittsburgh. ?The 78-year-old investor sued her financial advisor for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty,...
Auto Loan Company Off the Hook
Dec 6, 2016
We achieved voluntary dismissal upon preliminary objections in a commercial litigation case. The plaintiff, a towing company located in Western Pennsylvania, towed a vehicle at the request of the Pennsylvania State Police after a single vehicle...
Defense 'SLAPPS' Plaintiffs' Case
Aug 25, 2016
In this non-profit agency directors and officers liability case, our client, a non-profit environmental protection association, was dismissed with prejudice on preliminary objections in the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County, Pennsylvania. The...
Dismissal of Case Before FINRA
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully represented an investment professional before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In a matter venued in Chicago, the defense succeeded on a motion to dismiss based upon FINRA's six-year eligibility rule. ...
Associations & Memberships
•Allegheny County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Professional Liability Defense Federation
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