The law of insurance coverage and bad faith is constantly evolving, and Jim is on the cutting edge. He is at the forefront of changes in the law, both as in the courts and in the legislature. Decisions he has achieved in a number of cases have helped shape the law for the better, and he has testified as an expert in legislative hearings in support of successful tort reform bills designed to further fairness to insurers. Jim has also been a leader in crafting and nurturing innovative theories and defenses in bad faith and related litigation in order to best assist clients in need. For more than a decade, Jim’s practice has focused on this intriguing area of the law, both in Missouri and Kansas. He has led insurers through multi-million dollar coverage and bad faith litigation and through difficult pre-litigation considerations and strategy planning.
Jim is an AV/Preeminent-rated attorney whose peers have recognized him consistently as a rising star in the industry. He is a frequent speaker on unique issues confronting insurers in both first- and third-party coverage claims.
In addition to representing insurance companies in coverage, bad faith, and other extra-contractual litigation, Jim has a significant practice defending a varied assortment of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage cases. Not only does this allow him to better assist clients with a range of needs, but keeping a finger on the pulse of tort and other litigation pending in the trial courts has proved invaluable in guiding strategy decisions for insurers seeking to position themselves to best meet their own standards for service to their insureds while avoiding unwarranted, unjustified, and unnecessary claims and potential for liability.
Distinctions & Recognitions
- AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rated (Martindale)
- Missouri & Kansas SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2013 – 2017
- Expert testimony on Missouri tort reform—Section 537.065/Time-Limited Demands, 2017
- Multiple coverage and bad faith educational presentations for insurance claims and legal teams