Elaine Johnson James


Elaine Johnson James is Of Counsel to the Firm and Supervisor of Tobacco Litigation. Elaine is a trial and appellate advocate for individuals, Fortune 100 companies, corporations, national and local real estate developers, governmental entities, non-profit corporations and individuals in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Elaine also has substantial experience representing landowners and governmental entities in eminent domain condemnation proceedings and is nationally recognized for her experience in actions involving the ILSA and Florida’s Condominium and Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Acts, among others. Elaine regularly handles insurance cases involving coverage, claims and bad faith, or extra-contractual, litigation.

In addition, Elaine is certified as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and has served as outside general counsel to a municipal housing authority for sixteen 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 New York City 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)