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James Flanagan

Lead Trial Counsel

James Flanagan is a Partner and is Lead Trial Counsel.  Prior to his association with the firm, he was Trial Counsel at French & Casey, LLP, a well known and respected defense litigation firm.

Mr. Flanagan is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney with over thirty years of experience representing clients in a wide range of litigated matters in the state and federal courts of New York. 

Mr. Flanagan has extensive expertise in every aspect of civil litigation, with a proven track record of successfully defending construction site cases brought under the NYS Labor Law, premises liability actions, elevator and escalator cases, and commercial lines automobile liability claims.  He has also handled significant property damage subrogation claims, as well as product liability cases involving defective design and manufacture claims.


Mr. Flanagan began his career as an associate and later a partner at a well-respected midtown civil litigation firm.  While concentrating in the defense of elevator, escalator, Labor Law, construction defect and product liability actions, he also successfully defended many premises claims.

Mr. Flanagan later joined one of New York’s most prominent plaintiff’s litigation firms.  As a senior associate in its Complex Litigation Division, he prosecuted many high value Labor Law, product liability, elevator, escalator, and toxic tort cases which resulted in significant jury verdicts and pre-trial settlements.


Mr. Flanagan then returned to defense work, founding a New York staff counsel office for a major property & casualty insurance company.  As its Senior Managing Trial Counsel and New York attorney of record, Mr. Flanagan managed the office while handling a large case load of Labor Law and premises liability matters on behalf of the company’s commercial insureds, mainly trade contractors.   His effective advocacy and negotiation skills resulted in the favorable resolution of numerous claims at mediation, binding arbitration and trial.

Mr. Flanagan is admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.  Mr. Flanagan earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1982.  He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1986 from St. John’s University School of Law.



New York
U.S.D.C. for the Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of New York


St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1986
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1982



New York State Bar Association

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