James Talley

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

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South Orange Avenue 250
Orlando 32801 FL US

James M. Talley is the office managing shareholder of the Orlando and Fort Lauderdale offices of Baker Donelson. For more than three decades, Jim has assisted businesses and individuals in the effective and efficient resolution of a wide range of civil disputes through all available means: jury trials, non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Over his years of practice, Jim has successfully represented construction industry participants including developers, general contractors, sureties, design professionals, subcontractors, material suppliers and third party inspectors in both complex and routine disputes.

Jim has experience representing companies and stakeholders in corporate and partnership disputes, companies and others in disputes regarding intellectual property and confidential information, companies and employees in non-compete and other employment contract matters, real estate developers in Interstate Land Sales Act claims, non-disclosure claims, unfair trade practices allegations, claims regarding violation of condominium and homeowner association statutes, warranty issuance and compliance claims, and other disputes regarding the purchase and sale of real property, physicians in disputes regarding third party reimbursement issues, false claims actions, and internal practice disputes, attorneys and accountants in defense of professional malpractice claims, product distributors in disputes with dealers, and companies and persons in other claims arising in a business or commercial context.

Jim has learned through experience that no two cases are precisely the same. He seeks to fully understand his client’s business and understand clearly his client’s business goals and concerns. He seeks to craft customized dispute resolution options for each case and then work hard to promptly obtain the best “bottom line” result for his client in light of his client’s specific needs and concerns.


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Wabash College, A.B., 1978, cum laude

ADMISSIONS : Florida, 1981

Representative Matters:

  • Successfully defeated a motion for class action certification on behalf of a developer against claims alleging undisclosed buried munitions near a large residential subdivision.
  • Successfully defeated a motion for class action certification in an arbitration dispute alleging a developer’s violation of the Interstate Land Sales Act.
  • Successfully prosecuted a claim for misuse of confidential information on behalf of a medical products manufacturer.
  • Successfully defended a real estate developer against claims for soils failures.
  • Successfully defended a mechanical subcontractor against claims of mechanical systems failures brought by a design builder of a school.

Professional Honors & Activities:

  • Member − The Florida Bar
  • Member − Orange County Bar Association
  • Fellow − Litigation Counsel of America
  • Orlando, The City’s Magazine, Best Lawyers of 2009 − 2014
  • American Registry of Outstanding Professionals (2010)
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine (2011 − 2013)


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