At present, James serves multinational companies based in France, Germany, Sweden and the United States as their national discovery, national coordinating, and/or trial counsel in litigation involving commercial disputes, toxic torts, catastrophic injuries arising from the use of products and intellectual property. His experience includes the following:

  • Serves as national coordinating and trial counsel for a Swedish multinational outdoor power equipment company, James has tried and is preparing to try matters throughout the United States
  • Defending a class action for a multinational automotive component parts manufacturer which has its principle place of business in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Served as national discovery counsel, managing the development and implementation of domestic and non-domestic document retention, legal hold, and recent e-discovery procedures for a multinational automotive component parts manufacturer which has its principle place of business in the Republic of France
  • Currently developing and implementing a prophylactic program for administrative, commercial and products liability matters anticipated by a domestic multinational company involved in manufacturing and distribution activities in North and South America, Asia and Europe. The effort includes addressing the impact of regulations of various domestic and foreign state and national level agencies such as or analogues to the CPSC, NHTSA, FDA , EPA, and/or their counterparts in other jurisdictions
  • Defended to verdict and/or settlement a number of matters involving the affects (environmental, personal injury and property damage) of various substances, including benzene, diacetyl, MTBE, PCBs and others
  • Serves as national coordinating trial counsel for a multinational automotive component manufacturer, which has its principle place of business in the United States
  • Defended and/or is defending through appeal non United States based affiliate companies of multinational companies against the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the companies in fifteen different states and in the context of commercial and products liability disputes
  • Obtained decisions from Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Tenth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal favorably affecting refining/marketing and product manufacturing industry wide concerns
  • Obtained decision, affirmed by the New York Court of Appeals, reinforcing concept of spoliation.
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal alleged copyright infringement matters
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal a products liability matter involving catastrophic injuries resulting in Wisconsin Supreme Court decision clarifying products liability law in that state
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal anti-trust matters in the Third and Sixth Circuits
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal petroleum marketer franchise matters
  • Defended to dismissal and through appeal several Petroleum Marketing Practices Act matters
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for consumer products and medical devices for a glass products manufacturer
  • Obtained a landmark state Supreme Court decision recognizing the lack of personal jurisdiction in California over forced associations outside of their home states, which resulted in reciprocal determinations in other states
  • Developed a program for the training of in-house managers
  • Developed a program for creation of document portfolios during project and product development