James C. Prichard

Managing Partner

Orlando Office
T: 503.944.6054


Jim Prichard is Ball Janik LLP’s Managing Partner and maintains a broad practice in all aspects of construction law. He is a leader in the firm’s growing regional and national practice, prosecuting and defending design and construction defect claims. As plaintiff’s counsel, he has been instrumental in achieving some of the largest settlements in Oregon. He represents a wide range of clients in the Western states and Florida, including owners of single family residences, townhomes, condominiums, hotels, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, schools, and other public buildings.

Mr. Prichard also defends developers, large general contractors, and home builders from design and construction defect claims, and works with these clients to develop and implement risk management practices. He is frequently retained to position such claims for insurance coverage, and to represent client interests when insurers appoint panel defense counsel. Mr. Prichard has successfully triggered insurance coverage on behalf of several policyholder clients, particularly home builders.

Mr. Prichard’s practice extends to cases in the areas of public contract law, insurance recovery, construction cost overruns, bankruptcy, and real estate. He represents owners, design professionals, contractors, and material suppliers in mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals, and is often called on to help resolve time-sensitive disputes that arise during the course of construction projects.

Mr. Prichard frequently represents material suppliers, contractors, and owners in prosecuting and defending payment claims, including construction lien and surety bond claims on both public and private projects.

Before joining Ball Janik LLP, Mr. Prichard practiced at a prominent construction law boutique where he represented an international design-build contractor in a multi-million dollar cost overrun dispute arising from the construction of a semiconductor facility in Clark County, Washington.

From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Prichard was the lead attorney in prosecuting approximately 400 avoidance and recovery claims on behalf of the liquidating agent in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case titled In re Great Western Chemical Company. Mr. Prichard supervised the bankruptcy estate’s recovery of more than $5.8 million in value, which resulted in a dividend to unsecured creditors that far exceeded the liquidating agent’s early projections.

Before law school, Mr. Prichard held a graduate fellowship at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an interdisciplinary program at Indiana University combining research in law, political science, economics, public affairs, and anthropology. During law school, Mr. Prichard was a Lane County Circuit Court mediator and was a co-founder of the alternative dispute resolution student group.

Mr. Prichard has authored numerous articles on construction and surety law, and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars, organization meetings, and professional conferences.

Currently, Mr. Prichard serves on the Legal Committee and Associates Council of Associated General Contractors, and is active in Community Association Institute (CAI) state chapters where he practices. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, and the Surety and Fidelity Law Committee of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.


  • J.D., 1999, University of Oregon School of Law
    • Otto J. Frohnmayer Scholarship
  • Graduate Fellowship, Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 1995/6, Indiana University
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Political Science and Psychology, 1995, University of Oregon


  • The Best Lawyers in America list since 2017
  • Recognized by Portland Business Journal‘s 2015 “Forty Under 40”
  • Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2010–2014
  • Oregon Super Lawyers list, 2016-2018


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    Kelly Corcoran is an insurance coverage attorney focused on resolving complex insurance coverage disputes on behalf of individual and corporate policyholders in their pursuit to recover claims. He has significant experience in handling construction defect coverage issues involving commercial and residential buildings including apartment complexes, condominiums, and single-family homes, as well as other coverage issues involving personal injury and property damage claims. Mr. Corcoran was selected to the Florida Rising Stars list, published in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2018. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

    Before joining Ball Janik LLP, Mr. Corcoran served as coverage counsel for several national insurers, in which he gained invaluable experience in understanding how insurance companies defend themselves in legal battles with claimants and policyholders. His experience includes litigating disputes arising under commercial, homeowners, automobile and general liability policies.

    Mr. Corcoran has been involved with coverage issues ranging from improperly installed roofs, fire sprinkler systems, curtain wall systems, and post-tension cables to large multi-district litigation involving Chinese drywall and FEMA Formaldehyde Travel Trailers. Mr. Corcoran is well-versed in primary and excess insurance policies, policy interpretations, as well as insurance policies covering subcontractors and additional insureds. He has numerous published opinions in the areas of tort and insurance law, including Claudio v. Regaldo, 116 So.3d 451 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Corcoran was a partner in the second oldest law firm in Florida, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP. On a personal note, Mr. Corcoran enjoys spending his free time with his wife, daughter, son, and two dogs.