Elaine Johnson James


Elaine Johnson James is Of Counsel to the Firm. In addition to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Elaine handles complex commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts for the Firm’s clients.

Elaine has more than 35 years of experience as a trial and appellate advocate for individuals, Fortune 100 companies, corporations, national and local real estate developers, governmental entities and non-profit corporations in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.   Elaine is certified as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and has served as outside general counsel to a municipal housing authority for twenty years. Moreover, having practiced family law for many years, Elaine is adept in adoptions, dissolutions, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Elaine taught socially maladjusted and learning disabled youths in a New York City public school and adults in the city and state university systems of New York.

Practice Areas
Complex Commercial Litigation
• Real Estate Development
• Arbitration
• Appellate Litigation
• Family Law
• Insurance Coverage Litigation

J.D., Harvard Law School
Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil
Liberties Law Review
M.A. in Educational Psychology, Teachers
College of Columbia University
B.A. in American Studies, Barnard College

Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh
U.S. Court of Claims
U.S. District Courts, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Pennsylvania (inactive)