About Jacqueline James


The James Law Firm is a successful New York based law firm representing clients in both state and federal courts throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. We handle a wide variety of legal matters, including intellectual property on behalf of content creators, business law and corporate disputes, as well as negotiations and representation of businesses in labor law matters.

We also handle disputes in State and Federal courts and in front of the Labor Board in hearings and audits. We have also represented businesses faced with discrimination and other labor claims in court and in front of government agencies such as the New York Human Rights Division and the New York Labor Department.

For businesses we handle everything from contracts, leases, labor law disputes, setting up business structures such as partnerships, joint ventures and other business structures. We are also certified in the mediation of complex commercial disputes and have handled hundreds of mediations that have led to settlements between the parties. Ms. James is also a certified arbitrator who handles disputes on behalf of the courts and privately.

For individuals we handle litigation, wills, real estate closings, personal injuries, premise liability, and commercial credit issues, and provide mediation services.

The James Law Firm provides commercial litigation service and mediation services to law firms on a project by project basis and is available to provide per diem appearance work and depositions for law firms. The James Law firm also acts as local counsel for nationwide intellectual property owners pursuing their rights throughout New York and Connecticut Federal and State courts. Specializing in commercial disputes, labor law, intellectual property, premise liability, leases and transactional work, maritime claims and employment related disputes.

With extensive experience and diversity in the practice of complex litigation, corporate, and employment law issues, our attorneys provide clients with the care, accuracy and dedication expected of seasoned litigators.

Professional Background

Ms. James has served as a practicing attorney in the New York and Connecticut Federal and State courts for over twenty-eight years. She has extensive experience in complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, trademarks, unfair business practices, labor law disputes and all aspects of commercial litigation. She has further handled wrongful death and personal injury cases including aviation, mass torts, maritime accidents, litigation arising from 9/11 premise liability and general torts in federal and state courts nationwide. Ms. James is also a highly accomplished panel member, serving as mediator in hundreds of cases that often result in case resolutions. A few of the Panels that Ms. James is a part of include the U.S. Southern and Eastern District courts of New York, the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division, the City of White Plains as an Arbitrator and Mediator, among many others. Ms. James has the experience to understand how to achieve the most equitable resolution in Commercial and Personal Injury matters, and how to arrive at a resolution in a time and cost-efficient manner.

Ms. James is also associated with a diversity of memberships, including the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, where she was previously Chairperson for the Task Force for Plaintiff Involvement and appointed Vice-Chairman Elect Trial Techniques. She is also highly trained in ADR, having over 80 credits in CLE ADR training, and is a regular speaker, recently at the Advanced Commercial Mediation for the NYCBA. Ms. James received her JD, magna cum laude from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, and her BA, magna cum laude from Pace University.

Founding Member of the James Law Firm, Jacqueline M. James has been practicing law in the New York and Connecticut Federal and State courts for over twenty eight years. Jacqueline, who is also referred to as Jackie, has handled wrongful death and personal injury cases including aviation, mass torts, maritime accidents, litigation arising from 9/11 premise liability and general torts in federal and state courts nationwide. Jacqueline also handles complex commercial disputes including intellectual property, trademarks, unfair business practices, labor law disputes and all aspects of commercial litigation.

The James Law Firm also has an active anti-infringement practice on behalf of copyright owners against bit torrent infringement in the Federal Courts of New York and Connecticut. The James Law Firm also provides council services to a number of businesses and law firms, including per diemappearance work and provides alternative dispute resolution services including mediation and arbitration, and negotiations, contract drafting and closing services.

Jacqueline began her career at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon a major Wall Street firm specializing in complex litigation. Jacqueline then joined the national recognized premier aviation firm Kriendler & Kriendler where she handled major aviation cases including TWA 800 and PAN AM Lockerbie. Jackie was responsible for all aspects of trial and appellate practice. She has also worked in boutique litigation and intellectual property law firms in the New York Metropolitan area.

Beyond her private practice, Jackie James provides legal consultation services to law firms including brief and appellate drafting, trial work, discovery including fact and expert depositions, summary judgment motions and litigation strategy, as well as per diem court appearance work and fact and expert depositions.

Jacqueline brings her twenty eight plus years of experience litigating and trying complex cases to her mediation services.

Jacqueline has also written extensively on federal and state practice, has taught constitutional law as an adjunct, regularly volunteers to judge trial advocacy competitions and writes and presents material for continuing legal education credits.

Admissions and Memberships


  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2001
  • New York State, 1991
  • Federal Southern District of New York, 1992
  • Federal Eastern District of New York, 1992
  • Federal Northern District of New York 2015
  • Federal Western District of New York 2018
  • Connecticut Federal Court 2014
  • Federal District Court Colorado 2003
  • State of Connecticut, 1990

 Alternative Dispute Resolution Appointments:

New York Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution, Certified Meditator and  Arbitrator

Mediator and Arbitrator City Court of White Plains  

New York  Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member Commercial Mediation Panels New York City and Westchester Counties

Southern District of New York Federal Mediation Panel.


CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, Columbus School of Law
Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, 1990

Awarded six American Jurisprudence awards

White Plains, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, magna cum laude, 1986
Phi Alpha Theta, 1985


  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Westchester Women Bar Association

Published Articles & Decisions

Briefing Resulting in Significant Opinions:

  • Strike3Holdings, LLC v. John Doe Order dated April 4, 2018 (EDNY 17-cv-5606 et. al.).
  • Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe Final Judgement and on Liability dated December 9, 2015 (SDNY 2014-cv-10155).
  • Nipponkoa Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Atlas Van Lines, Inc., 2011 WL 202286 (S.D. Ind. 2011).
  • Nipponkoa Insurance Co., Ltd. v. Towne Air Freight, LLC, 2009 WL 3257868 (E.D. Mo. 2009).
  • Great American v. TA Operating Corp. 2008 WL 5335317 (S.D.N.Y. 2008).
  • Beharry v. Bedessee Imports Inc.,2006 U.S. Dist.  Lexis 79332 (E.D.N.Y.).
  • Swatch v. New City 454 F. Supp. 2d 1245 (S.D. Fla. Sept 11, 2006).
  • Densberger v. United Technologies Corporation, 297 F.3d 66 (2d Cir. 2002) cert. denied 537 U.S. 1147 (2003).
  • Stecyk v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 295 F.3d 408 (3d Cir. 2002).
  • In re: Air Crash Off Long Island, New York, on July 17, 1996, 209 F. 3d 200 (2d. Cir. 2000).
  • In re September 11 Litigation, 280 F.Supp.2d 279 (S.D.N.Y. 2003).
  • Faryniarz v. Nike, Inc., WL 1968351 (S.D.N. Y. 2002).
  • Faryniarz v. Nike, Inc., WL 530997 (S.D.N.Y. 2002).
  • D’ Alessandro v. American Airlines, Inc., 139 F.Supp.2d 305 (E.D.N.Y. 2001).
  • In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000,145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D. Cal. 2001).
  • Adjoyi v. Federal Air Ltd., 137 F.Supp.2d 498 (S.D.N.Y. 2001).


  • 2011 Co-authored and presented CLE class for WWBA, Depositions in State and Federal court.
  • 2009 Co-authored and presented CLE class for WWBA, Summary Judgement in State and Federal court.
  • “UN’s New Compensation Treaty: Should Untied States Ratify It?” New York Law Journal Volume 241 No. 4, January 7,2009.
  • “The Bermuda Triangle of Damages – Offshore Aircraft Accidents From a Plaintiff’s Perspective.” 2003 co-author.
  • “The Boyle Battlefield A Critical Analysis of the Government Contractor Defense.” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Southern Methodist University, 2002 , co-author.
  • “Aviation Issues in the Real Millennium ABA Tips, Pending Litigation.” published Fall 2001, co-author.