Insurance and Municipal Law
Business and Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury (Plaintiff and Defense)
James, a trial lawyer in the Rochester area for over twenty years, has unparalleled experience in both civil and criminal litigation. James has tried dozens of cases in both state and federal court. His legal practice concentrates primarily on commercial and business litigation, employment defense, personal injury cases for both plaintiff and defense, and criminal defense matters. James has extensive experience in breach of contract actions, negligence matters, motor vehicle accidents, criminal defense, in both federal and state courts, and in municipal and tax assessment matters.
James has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation and has been listed as a Super Lawyer in New York Super Lawyers magazine in the area of General Litigation for many years.
Recently, James was recognized as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Rochester, NY because he received the highest “peer feedback.” Only one attorney per practice and metro area is chosen for this honor.
James’s confidence and ease in the courtroom has earned him the respect of not only his peers in the legal community, but also the judiciary. James specializes in complex litigation having been lead counsel on many complex litigation matters, at trial and the appellate level, and in both the civil and criminal arena.
James was chosen as a member of the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, served as president of the Rochester AM Rotary group, member of the Board of Trustees for Hope Hall School, a school for children with learning disabilities, member of the Board for the Wilson Commencement Park, and as club president for the Bristol Mountain Race Team.
Before joining the firm, James was a partner in The Wolford Law Firm, where he had practiced following four years as an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County. During his years with the District Attorney’s Office, he gained extensive trial experience prosecuting offenses of all levels, including felony sex crimes and child abuse cases.
Professional and Civic Activities
James is a life-long resident of the Rochester Area. He is a graduate of Fairport High School. He is an avid skier and sports fan. He greatly enjoys watching his three children (Christine, Thomas and Shaun) excel in ski racing, lacrosse and football.