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jrestivo@reedsmith.com

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Jim is the former head of the firm's Litigation Department, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America's "Top Insurance Coverage Lawyer – Pittsburgh 2010." He has been involved in all areas of civil litigation, including complex insurance coverage disputes, securities and bank litigation, and commercial disputes. Since the early 1970s, Jim has represented major defendants in asbestos bodily injury and property damage cases and, in 1985, was one of the principal negotiators and founders of the Asbestos Claims Facility. He has counseled on, negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and litigated complex insurance coverage disputes for commercial insureds, including insurance coverage for toxic torts, intellectual property claims, claims against officers and directors, and other complex business claims under primary and excess insurance policies. Jim is a frequent lecturer on insurance coverage disputes, alternative dispute resolution and asbestos litigation.

Credentials

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLB, An Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

  • Pennsylvania

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association – Panel of Arbitrators
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County – Special Master
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pennsylvania Panel of Neutrals – Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Special Master

Awards & Recognition

  • Named a 2011 BTI Client Service All Star in survey of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel
  • Named Best Lawyers' Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Bankruptcy (2015), for Banking & Finance Law (2013), and for Insurance Law (2010); also listed in Best Lawyers since 1995 and currently included in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation: Commercial, Banking & Finance, and Bankruptcy
  • "Top 50 attorneys in Pittsburgh - 2009," Best Lawyers in America
  • The Jefferson Awards, A Community Champion Awardee – This award recognizes Jim's board service and volunteer efforts for Rebuilding Pittsburgh Together, a nonprofit with the mission of repairing homes of the elderly who do not have the means to do it themselves
  • Caritas Award for Service, “Champions of Justice,” Diocese of Pittsburgh Catholic Charities (May 9, 2003)
  • Center for Public Resources Legal Program Award for Excellence and Innovation in Alternative Dispute Resolution (1985)
  • Listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2003)
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004-2015) and listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Insurance Coverage
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal (2015)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers of 2012

Civic and Charitable Affiliations

  • Catholic Charities – Host Committee, Annual Bishop's Dinner (2004-2010)
  • Pennsylvania Economy League, Western Division – Member, Board of Governors (1995-present)
  • Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – Former Board Member (1995-2002)
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh – Member, Board of Directors (1999-present)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Foundation, Recruitment Committee