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James is an experienced litigator who concentrates in civil disputes and risk management for Gallagher’s real estate, health care, and non-profit clients. He has extensive trial experience and has obtained favorable verdicts in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. James’ practice areas include the following:

Real Estate and Property Management.  James advises the firm’s real estate and property management clients on business strategy, litigation, and dispute resolution.  He works daily on a variety of issues, including fair housing, residential and commercial leases, claims management, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, and crisis response.

Health Care Litigation and Risk Management. James defends healthcare providers in litigation on a wide array of risk management issues. James represents hospitals, physicians, practice groups, and long-term care facilities in state and federal litigation. James has taken and defended hundreds of depositions of health care providers and expert witnesses.

James maintains an active civil rights pro bono practice, representing incarcerated and indigent clients in state and federal litigation.

James majored in mathematics at Duke University before attending the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.  After law school, James served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins at the Maryland Court of Appeals.

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Area(s) of Practice

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia


  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2010
  • Duke University, AB, 2007

Bar and Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Society of Health Care Risk Management