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James M. Davis

Reed Smith LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


James M. Davis  is a partner in Reed Smith's Insurance Recovery Group. Jim is "extraordinarily hard working, fantastic in terms of client relations and very much attuned to the cutting-edge issues," reports Chambers USA based upon interviews with clients and lawyers in the insurance coverage community. His national litigation practice focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving product liability, product recall, product contamination, first party property and business interruption losses, additional insured and vendors endorsements, historic coverage for environmental and asbestos claims, cyber liability, director's & officer's liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, commercial crime and fidelity bonds, workers' compensation liability, domestic and UK insolvencies, and UK solvent schemes. Jim regularly is engaged to tackle emerging insurance coverage issues such as global warming liability, he assists the firm's Renewable Energy Practice with insurance counseling and claims litigation, and he is a member of the firm's multi-disciplinary teams on Import Safety and Nanotechnology.

Jim also has served extensively as trial counsel in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, indemnity, construction, sales practices, environmental compliance, shareholder and partnership, RICO, and unfair competition. He views litigation as just one means for his clients to achieve their objectives, and develops facts and arguments for any matter in the way most likely to reach the desired end - through trial, settlement or alternative dispute resolution.

His representations have encompassed clients ranging in size from Fortune 50 corporations to family-owned businesses. He is familiar with a wide spectrum of manufacturing and service industry sectors, including retail, pharmaceutical, energy, financial institutions, food manufacturing, construction, real estate and consulting.

In addition to his policyholder practice, Jim regularly publishes and speaks on insurance recovery topics. He has served in many capacities for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, including as the current Co-Chair of the Website, and previously the Co-Chair of the Annual CLE Conferences for 2008 and 2009, Co-Chair of the Emerging Issues Subcommittee (two terms), and Co-Chair of the Programming Subcommittee.
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