JAMES A. FRANCIS has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts. He is a 1992 graduate of Muhlenberg College (B.A., cum laude) and a 1995 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. In law school, he won the 1995 Wapner, Newman & Wigrizer, P.C. award for excellence in civil trial advocacy, and was awarded outstanding oral advocacy. At Temple, he served as President of the Student Bar Association. Following law school, Mr. Francis was associated with Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Rothweiler in Philadelphia, and concentrated in catastrophic injury litigation. Since 1998, he has focused his practice in consumer protection litigation, with a particular concentration in fair credit reporting, fair debt collection practices and consumer class actions.
In 2008, Mr. Francis was ranked one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. He was consistently ranked one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia for the years 2004-2008. He has appeared on various news programs to discuss consumer-related issues, and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer's "Question & Answer" segment in February of 2009.