Jim Campbell focuses his practice on civil litigation and the defense of catastrophic product liability, toxic tort, medical device, pharmaceutical, professional liability, and negligence matters throughout the United States. Jim is President of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, and has been with the firm his entire career. With a passion for trial practice, Jim has earned his place as a go-to attorney for clients with high-stakes cases. He has tried more than 100 cases in 15 states and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. His approach includes a thorough analysis of clients’ ultimate business objectives to achieve results. One of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the country; Jim is recognized by The Legal 500 as a Nationwide Leading Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense. Similarly, Chambers USA identifies Jim as a nationwide leading lawyer for product liability and Mass Torts. He is listed as one of the Top 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals in the United States for Products Liability Defense by the Who’s Who Legal. Jim is consistently included as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Products Liability Litigation – Defendants. Super Lawyers identify Jim as among the top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts and New England.
As reported by the Legal 500, Jim’s clients describe him as ‘one of the best’ in his field, an ‘outstanding trial lawyer who can grasp technical issues very quickly’ and ‘achieves tremendous results for his clients’.
Chambers USA writes: James Campbell is held in very high regard by market sources for his impressive trial capabilities. He is also commended for his keen eye for detail and frequently described as "spectacular," "outstanding" and "persuasive." "We trust him because of results; they speak for themselves. We’ve had nothing but defense verdicts!" report clients.
Who's Who Legal says: "A very skilled trial lawyer", who is considered "among the top 20 in the US"
Jim serves as trial counsel for clients in industries that include automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, construction, heavy equipment, recreational products, chemicals, and material handling. Jim also defends a variety of professions in connection with alleged negligence, malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims. One of the firm's principal trial attorneys, Jim serves as national, regional and local trial counsel for a variety of major national and international corporations and insurers, and is responsible for supervising and coordinating litigation not only throughout New England, but other regions of the country.
Jim is a past president of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, and Massachusetts Chapter of ABOTA. He served as the Director of the IADC Trial Academy and the ABA National Trial Academy. He has twice served on the Board of the DRI and the ABOTA National Board of Directors.
Rediker v. Toyota — In the Superior Court of Vermont, the plaintiff claimed that a spontaneous deployment of the driver’s side airbag in his Tacoma pickup truck caused him to lose control, go off the roadway and rollover. He alleged permanent and debilitating upper torso injuries. The case was dismissed with prejudice with no payment by Toyota after a Summary Judgment Motion was filed. The grounds for the motion were (1) information retrieved from the truck’s event data recorder (EDR) during a vehicle inspection proved the airbag deployed as a result of the crash and did not cause it and (2) Vermont law required expert testimony to prove a defect. Since the plaintiff had failed to identify any experts within the discovery schedule deadlines, the case was dismissed and a judgment entered for Toyota.