James T. McDermott

Partner

101 SW Main Street, Suite 1100    
Portland, Oregon  97204  

t 503.944.6025  
f 503.295.1058

jmcdermott@balljanik.com

 

“We are aggressive and creative litigators who can take control of a case from the beginning, or in midstream, find its economic essentials and drive it to a successful conclusion for the client.”

Jim McDermott is Chairman of Ball Janik LLP, and he is head of the firm’s Litigation and Insurance Recovery practice groups. Mr. McDermott is a commercial business litigator and trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases. He has tried scores of cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts on a broad range of issues for nationally known public and private companies, small businesses, and individuals.

Mr. McDermott has been recognized as an industry leader by Chambers USA with peers highlighting his “forceful stance and impressive technical skills.” They have also called him a “very impressive lawyer” with an “extremely responsive, client-focused litigation management approach” who provides “smart advice that is always on the money,” and he is “on top of his game when it comes to strategy.” Mr. McDermott has received the AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale–Hubbell®. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Insurance; and Litigation – Securities.  He has been perennially named by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer. In 2013, Mr. McDermott was listed as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" in 2013 by ALM Legal Leaders, published by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell®.

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“We are aggressive and creative litigators who can take control of a case from the beginning, or in midstream, find its economic essentials and drive it to a successful conclusion for the client.”

Jim McDermott is Chairman of Ball Janik LLP, and he is head of the firm’s Litigation and Insurance Recovery practice groups. Mr. McDermott is a commercial business litigator and trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases. He has tried scores of cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts on a broad range of issues for nationally known public and private companies, small businesses, and individuals.

Mr. McDermott has been recognized as an industry leader by Chambers USA with peers highlighting his “forceful stance and impressive technical skills.” They have also called him a “very impressive lawyer” with an “extremely responsive, client-focused litigation management approach” who provides “smart advice that is always on the money,” and he is “on top of his game when it comes to strategy.” Mr. McDermott has received the AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale–Hubbell®. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Insurance; and Litigation – Securities.  He has been perennially named by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer. In 2013, Mr. McDermott was listed as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" in 2013 by ALM Legal Leaders, published by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell®.

Mr. McDermott has successfully handled cases involving a wide array of large-dollar commercial business disputes, with particular emphasis on construction, corporate governance, shareholders rights, professional liability, securities, regulatory, real estate, and insurance recovery. He has successfully resolved claims and lawsuits in a wide range of insurance areas, recovering millions of dollars for clients from domestic and foreign insurers. His insurance recovery practice ranges from large-scale litigation on behalf of corporate policyholders under complex occurrence-based and claims-made coverages, to individual claims under property, disability, health, and other personal policies. Mr. McDermott has been retained to represent brokers and agents and reinsurance intermediaries – including some of the largest firms in the world – when they become enmeshed in coverage disputes and litigation.

After earning his law degree Mr. McDermott served for one year as a judicial law clerk to a federal district court judge. He then joined Covington & Burling, the largest law firm in Washington, DC, where he practiced for five years. He has chaired Ball Janik’s litigation practice since 1998.

Throughout his career, Mr. McDermott has authored articles on environmental and business insurance coverage matters, construction issues, lectured on a wide range of legal and business issues, and taught trial practice courses. He has been appointed as an arbitrator in several cases and has served as an expert witness in insurance coverage cases, construction cases, and attorneys’ fee disputes. Mr. McDermott has also served on the Governor of Oregon’s Judicial Screening Committee.

To view Mr. McDermott's mastery in the courtroom, click here to see him successfully argue on behalf of WaferTech, LLC before the Washington State Supreme Court on November 8,2011, and here to see his oral argument before the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc.

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Education

J.D., 1985
University of Virginia School of Law
Member, Virginia Law Review 

B.S., summa cum laude, Accounting, Law and Public Policy, 1982
Syracuse University

Admissions

District of Columbia
Idaho
Oregon
Washington
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Martindale–Hubbell®, American Registry

 

Chambers USA 2009–2014 Industry Leader, Litigation/Commercial

 

Best Lawyers in America,

2013–2015

 

Recognized as one of “Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers” in 2013 by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, published by ALM Legal Leaders, affiliated with Martindale–Hubbell®.

 

Named by peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2006–2014

  

Recognized in 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition, The List, Litigation

 

Named in the Irish Voice's “2013 Irish Legal 100”

News

Events

  • Ball Janik LLP's 2014 Bend Seminar

  • 11/12/2014

  • The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon

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  • Top 10 Most Questionable Decisions in Oregon Construction Insurance

  • 04/07/2011

  • Portland, Oregon

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  • Most Important Coverage Decisions

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Best Lawyers 2015 McDermott
Best Lawyers BJLLP 2014
Chambers 2014 McDermott
Chambers 2013 Leading Individual
Chambers 2012 Leading Individual
Super Lawyers