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"There's no substitute for strong preparation. Whether I'm in the courtroom, a mediation session, or a deposition, I always come prepared."



Jim primarily concentrates his practice on litigation in state and federal courts for corporations and individuals such as officers, directors, and real estate brokers and associates. He has tried cases involving attorney malpractice, bad faith allegations, boundry and title disputes, banking and lender liability, director and officer liability, property transaction disputes, professional liability, wrongful-death claims, and traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and similar catastrophic injuries. He has also tried matters involving police use of force; products liability; transportation issues, including trucking and busing; premises owner and premises liability; and construction site accidents.  

Jim has litigated before a variety of state and federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. He has obtained several acquittals for clients as a federal court defense attorney and former member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts. He has also argued over 20 appeals in state and federal courts. 

Jim additionally serves as trial counsel to many insurance companies and their insureds, routinely advising on errors and omissions policies, and handles insurance coverage disputes and suits against insurance companies.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • District of Massachusetts, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Former Member

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a first-impression decision in Rhode Island state court involving the willful destruction of evidence in a wrongful-death trucking case where the court barred the use of any expert witness for the cross-claim plaintiff due to spoliation.
  • Represented a bank lending vice president in a matter involving claims of negligence and lender liability against a bankrupt borrower with multiple construction loans for a sub-division development.
  • Defended a national bank against claims brought by a real estate developer alleging lender liability and bad faith through a jury trial in Massachusetts Superior Court.

Prior Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Partner
  • Nelson Mullins
  • US Department of Justice, Trial Attorney

Selected Community Activities

  • Community Servings
  • Washington National Cathedral, Fund Committee Member

Selected Honors

  • US Department of Justice, Outstanding Attorney Award
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Selected to Super Lawyers New England: 2004 and 2006-2015
  • Selected to Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel, 2009-2012
  • Selected to Super Lawyers New York Metro: 2006 and 2011-2012

Selected Media

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We're Growing in DC!

We’re excited to announce Barclay Damon’s combination with Washington DC–based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. SLS’s 10 lawyers, three paralegals, and four administrative staff will join Barclay Damon while maintaining their current office in DC’s central business district. Our clients will benefit from SLS’s corporate, real estate, finance, and construction litigation experience and national energy-industry profile, and their clients from our full range of services.

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