An experienced trial attorney with a Martindale-Hubbel AV Rating, Jim
has tried approximately 40 trials through jury or non-jury verdict, and
numerous published appellate opinions before Florida District Courts of
Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.
Jim's practice area is helping clients' involved in business
litigation and dispute resolution. He represents clients at trial, in
arbitration and on appeal. The areas his practice focuses on include
litigation pertaining to contracts, commercial foreclosures, real
estate, homeowners and condominiums association disputes, shareholder
disputes and construction. An early expertise in insurance coverage
analysis and bad faith litigation provides Jim with even more
perspective, allowing him to give clients guidance in not only the legal
picture, but also the big picture.
Of the many cases Jim has tried, he has developed a special
interest in litigation surrounding both the construction industry and
commercial contract disputes.
It is only natural that Jim would have developed a keen interest
in the legal issues affecting construction and real estate development.
For many years, while working his way through college and law school,
Jim was employed in the construction field. Today, Jim combines his
"hands-on" (no pun intended) construction experience and his legal
know-how to resolve the issues affecting the interests of developers,
contractors, sub-contractors, unit owners, condominium and homeowners
associations, and land owners. This can involve litigation arising out
of real estate transactions, construction defects, mechanics liens,
breach of warranties, or general contractual disputes.
Jim experience is shared with the community and Florida Bar as he
has served on the Florida Bar's Ethics Committee, as Chair of the South
Palm Beach County Civil Practice Committee and has been selected as a
member of the Litigation Counsel of America. He has also served the
community as a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA and is an
active member of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Boca.
"The practice of law takes me to hundreds of areas of
knowledge, and requires that I master them all. One day I have to
understand how a building is constructed and, on the next, how to
reconstruct a crime scene. My curiosity is always fed."
"Clients shouldn't be given tough-sounding quotes from the
'The Art of War,' then have their attorneys run at the first sign of
battle. I'm not afraid to fight for my clients. I provide them an
objective evaluation of their position early in the case. Then,
together, we can make pragmatic decisions about the litigation
strategy." -James Ferrara, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Notable Client Work
Winning Hands Down for Palm Beach: The Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Department was sued for civil-rights violations,
relating to their enforcement of Florida's strict pawnshop laws. Losing
the case would have ripped millions of dollars of contraband goods from
police custody and had a drastic negative effect on fighting criminal
activity in the county. But we convinced the Federal Court that no civil
rights had been violated, and the loot remained with police.
Protecting a Widow's Rights: Upon the death of her
husband, a widowed shareholder found herself being taken advantage of by
her husband's business partners, who attempted to unlawfully retain
assets due her. We stepped in, and fought for and protected her
interests, ensuring that she received proper compensation from the
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., Dean's List, 1988
Furman University, B.A., 1985
Florida Bar, 1988
U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida 1989
U.S. District for the Middle District of Florida, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2001
Florida Bar Grievance Committee (15D), Chairman and Member
The Florida Bar, Member Appellate Practice and Trial Section
South Palm Beach County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage, Transportation & Construction Law Committees