jdavis@reedsmith.com

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Jim is a partner in the firm's Insurance Recovery Group. Jim is "extraordinarily hard working, fantastic in terms of client relations and very much attuned to the cutting-edge issues," is “an extremely talented writer, whose briefs are very well written”, has “good strategic litigation skills” and “courtroom presence”, and “has an unbelievable knowledge base of coverage law and can easily identify the esoteric points," reports Chambers USA based upon interviews over several years 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 vendor 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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance - 2016
  • Chambers USA 2008-2016 (Insurance: Dispute Resolution Illinois)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers 2009-2017 (Insurance Coverage Litigation or Corporate Counsel Edition)
  • Best Lawyers 2013-2017 (Insurance Law)
  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) - 2014-2017

Notable Quotes

Jim has been quoted or cited as an expert on insurance law, as follows:

  • 22 February 2013 "The 50-state patchwork of insurance laws and regulation leads to uncertainty as to the actual scope of coverage of insurance” Law360
  • 1 May 2009 "Swine Flu Prompts Cos. to Examine Insurance" Law360
  • 5 April 2007 "Insurance News: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Seep Into Insurance Companies" The Insurance Policy
  • 3 April 2007 "US Environmental Ruling A Huge Blow to Insurers?" National Underwriter
  • 20 February 2006 "Policyholders largely expected to accept AIG offer" Business Insurance
  • January/February 2005 Armstrong Cleaners, Inc. v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 364 F. Supp.2d 797, 809 (S.D. Ind. March 2005)["An insurer may not reserve its rights to assert otherwise unidentified defenses with a general statement to the effect that such defenses may arise during the course of its investigation of the claim. Consequently, if the insurer fails to set forth specific defenses in its reservation of rights letter, it may be held to have waived those defenses or be estopped from asserting them at a later stage." James M. Davis and Paul Walker-Bright, Insurers' Use of Boilerplate Affirmative Defenses and Rule 11 ? Where's the Outrage, 15 Coverage 1, American Bar Association Section of Litigation

Credentials

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1995, J.D., Highest Honors; Order of the Coif
  • University of Washington, 1991, B.A.

  • Illinois
  • Colorado
  • Washington

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
  • State Supreme Court - Colorado
  • State Supreme Court - Illinois
  • State Supreme Court - Washington

  • Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board – 2014
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) 
    • Member of Publication Advisory Board and previously Co-Editor of Committee Website (multiple terms)
    • Previously Co-Chair of Annual CLE Conference in Tucson, AZ (2008 and 2009)
    • Previously Co-Chair of Programming, Emerging Issue (two terms - outstanding subcommittee chair award), and Long Range Planning Subcommittees