James devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of attorneys, accountants, brokers, broker-dealers, investment firms, insurance agents, real estate agents, architects, engineers and other professionals in professional negligence claims. He also counsels and represents clients with regard to regulatory matters with self-regulatory organizations and state securities and insurance commissions. He regularly represents clients in state and federal court proceedings and at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration hearings and mediations throughout the country.
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 LexisNexis 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.
Successfully defended an architectural firm — Successfully defended an architectural firm in settlement of a multiple party case in which a university student housing building under construction caught fire due to cigarettes purportedly being disposed of in a construction trash chute and also due to alleged building code violations. The fire spread to an adjacent six-block city area, causing extensive property damage and the alleged death of a neighborhood resident.
Successfully defended an architect — Successfully defended an architect in the settlement of a multiple party claim involving the alleged improper design and construction of a wheelchair access ramp in a former warehouse building being converted to alternative usage. The plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell on the ramp causing quadriplegic injuries.
Successful in a case asserting a breach of implied warranty of workmanship — Successful on a motion to dismiss in a case asserting a breach of implied warranty of workmanship against an architect involving a construction project wherein the property on which the buildings designed by the architect had been previously undermined for coal.
Dismissal of an engineering malpractice claim — Successful in obtaining a dismissal of an engineering malpractice claim due to Plaintiff's failure to file a certificate of merit. Prevailed against Plaintiff's argument that a certificate of merit was not necessary because the claim was based on a theory of negligent misrepresentation and not professional malpractice.
Successful in a claim against an attorney — Successful on a motion to dismiss in a claim against an attorney for the alleged negligent drafting of a will wherein the decedent's two adult children received disproportionate distributions. (Affirmed on appeal.)