James A. Kitces helps clients manage and control risks associated with complex litigation. His practice focuses on representing large business insurers in first-party coverage and industrial subrogation claims.
James also focuses his practice on representing insurers in third-party liability disputes concerning construction defect claims, environmental claims, intellectual property disputes, and other liability matters as well as bad faith claims.
James also represents insurers in cases alleging negligent inspection. James has a keen understanding of litigation and the business issues that make litigation successful. He has represented clients through every stage of litigation, from pre-suit evaluations to trial and appeal.
He has extensive experience in first-party and third-party insurance litigation arising from fire, explosion, flood, hurricane, mold, construction and design defect, and other losses.
James has represented clients in many jurisdictions, including state and federal courts in Georgia, Alabama, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Before joining Robins Kaplan LLP, James focused on insurance-reinsurance dispute resolution at a national law firm. He appeared before the Georgia Office of the Insurance Commissioner on numerous occasions.
Upon graduation from law school, James had the privilege of representing the State of Georgia as an Assistant Attorney General in courts throughout the State. He handled a varied and heavy caseload, representing the State and its employees in environmental torts, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, transportation engineering, and other types of cases.
James gained particular insight into the workings of government and represented the Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Corrections, and Natural Resources, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies.
James is co-editor of DecPage, a publication of the firm’s Insurance Group. He has presented on insurance industry and litigation topics at various industry groups and at continuing education seminars.
James has a strong commitment to community service. He organized the first annual community service project in which attorneys from the Atlanta office join with clients and friends to volunteer for a different cause each year. James is the chair of the Atlanta office’s pro bono efforts and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Through his contacts with various pro bono organizations, James helps attorneys obtain pro bono matters, including landlord-tenant, domestic violence, adoption, truancy, and children’s rights cases. He has worked with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid, and other pro bono organizations.
James is married to Jamie, also a lawyer, and they have three children. James is a native of Richmond, Virginia, an avid reader, and a lifelong fan of the Boston Celtics.
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (2001)
- Emory University, B.A. (1998)
- Court of Appeals, Georgia
- Supreme Court, Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- American Bar Association, Property Insurance Law Committee and Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
- Atlanta Pro Bono Roundtable
- Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association
- Southern Loss Association
- State Bar of Georgia, Litigation Committee – Young Lawyers Division
- Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc., Board of Directors
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