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James T. Ferrara

James T. Ferrara is a partner in the firm, who focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, including Construction Law, Contracts, Shareholder Disputes, Insurance, Judgment Collection, Real Estate and Personal Injury law.

Prior to joining the firm, James had the honor of serving as a Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County.

An experienced trial attorney with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, he has personally tried more than 60 State and Federal trials through both jury and non-jury verdicts. He has also represented  clients in matters before the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Florida’s District Courts of Appeal and its Supreme Court.

In more than 30 years of practice as a civil litigator and as a former Circuit Court Judge, James has experience in a wide range of laws which affect Florida’s people and businesses. These include contract drafting and disputes, real estate litigation, homeowners and condominium association disputes, shareholder and closely-held business litigation, guardianships, insurance coverage issues, construction litigation and Florida lien law, personal injury and property damage claims, debt and judgment collection, and landlord – tenant disputes.

He shares his experience with the community and The Florida Bar by serving on The Bar’s Rules of Civil Procedure Committee. Additionally, he served on The Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for Palm Beach County, and on the Board of Directors for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA, legal counsel to Habitat for Humanity, a Trustee of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, and is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Boca Program.

Mr. Ferrara received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law and was the Associate Editor of the School’s Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was on the Dean’s List and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Highlights

Areas of Practice

Commercial and  Business Litigation


Current Position

Partner

Bar Admissions


  • Florida 1988

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida


Education


  • Juris Doctor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1988

  • Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Furman University, 1985


Published Cases


  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. v. Indemnity Insurance Co. of North America, 675 So.2d 590 (Fla. 1996)

  • Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Assoc. v. Insurance Co. of North America, 689 So. 2d 1040 (Fla. 1996)

  • Lindheimer v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. 651 So.2d 1194 (Fla. 1995)

  • Floridian Community Bank v. Bloom, 25 So.3d 43 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)

  • Powers v. Aberdeen Golf & Country Club, Inc., 886 So.2d 312, Fla. 4th DCA 2004)

  • SM Brickell Ltd. Partnership v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 786 So.2d 1204 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2001)

  • Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Daniels, 745 So.2d 1062 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)

  • Lee & Sakahara v. Boykin Management, Co., 678 So.2d 394 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996)

  • Trott v. Finlayson, 690 So.2d 718 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997)

  • Lindheimer v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. 643 So.2d 636 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1994)

  • Jarell v. Churm, 611 So.2d 69 (Fla. 4th DCA 1992)

  • Gaudio v. Strauch, 538 So.2d 155 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989)

  • Reid v. Toward, 550 So.2d 499 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989)


Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Martindale - Hubbell AV Rated attorney since 1998

  • Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules Committee

  • Chairman, Florida Bar Grievance Committee

  • Director, South Palm Beach County Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, South Palm Beach County Bar Assoc. Civil Practice Committee

  • Member, Defense Research Institute

  • Member, The Federalist Society

  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Judicial Liaison Committee


Community Involvement


  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of South Palm Beach County

  • Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Trustee & Alumni of Leadership Boca

  • Counsel to Habitat For Humanity




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