James P. Connors is a shareholder and the managing attorney of the Westchester office, and he divides his time between the Westchester and Manhattan offices. He has 37 years of litigation experience in a diverse range of practice areas including premises liability, product liability, aviation liability, professional liability and employment liability.
Jim also has extensive experience in defending security and general negligence cases. He served as one of the lead counsel in the casualty litigation arising from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, a loss involving extensive loss of life and $4 billion property damage claims.
Jim has a robust product liability practice. He has defended manufacturers of aviation products ranging from jet engine reverse thrusters to aviation rivets utilized in commercial helicopters. He has also defended manufacturers of industrial products including commercial meat grinders, industrial saws and commercial products including window blinds, sofas and bedding.
Among his many clients, Jim represents the single largest security company in the world of which Yankee Stadium in New York City is a client. Within this area of practice, Jim has represented security companies in the defense of allegations of false arrest and malicious prosecution.
He is currently involved in representing one of the largest retailers of clothing in the United States in litigation involving allegations of commercial fraud and failure to properly provide a safe environment in which to shop.
Jim also represents two of the largest hotel chains in the world, one for which he has served as counsel for more than 25 years. Many of his security cases in the hospitality arena have dealt with allegations of failure to provide appropriate guest security, to the alleged improper placement of dance floors and other hotel amenities.
In his health care liability practice, Jim represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases ranging from failure to diagnose cancer to allegations of failure to diagnose and properly treat intrauterine complications.
Jim began his litigation career at the medical malpractice defense firm of Bower and Gardner thereafter moving to Cigna. There he became a seasoned trial attorney handling complex litigation including the defense of a major motorcycle manufacturer in a wrongful death product liability lawsuit.
Jim then moved on to what would become Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull where he was instrumental in the firm’s growth and success during its 35 years of existence.
Jim has published numerous articles in various legal journals including the New York Law Journal and the New York State Bar Association Journal and has lectured regarding litigation and product liability litigation on behalf of a major carrier to consumer product manufacturers in Seoul, Korea.
Jim practices generally in the New York City Metropolitan area and has handled matters not only in New York State but in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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