James M. Campbell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Boston, MA

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy P.C.
 | One Constitution Center, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-241-3060
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

James M. Campbell is the president of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. Focusing his practice on civil litigation, he provides defense counsel to companies and individuals throughout the country and has tried more than 100 cases involving a variety of matters, including toxic torts, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device actions, professional liability and negligence.

After graduating magna cum laude from Boston College, Mr. Campbell earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Florida, Maine and New Hampshire, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his career, Mr. Campbell has received several awards recognizing his abilities as an attorney. He is listed as a Leading Individual by both The Legal 500 and Chambers USA and as one of the top attorneys in the area of product liability defense by Who's Who Legal in 2011 and 2012. In recognition of his track record and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. Campbell its AV Preeminent* rating.

A co-author of a Defense Research Institute monograph pertaining to the duty to warn that is imposed upon manufacturers and sellers of certain products, Mr. Campbell is also the author of a chapter in one of that organization's publications dealing with discovery in product liability actions. His commitment to his field is further reflected in the many high offices he has held in professional organizations, including his service as president and board member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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About James Campbell

Admitted: 1983, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.campbell-trial-lawyers.com/?t=3&A=3503&format=xml...

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Products Liability Defence, Who's Who Legal 2011, 2011
  • The Legal 500 as one of 8 Leading Lawyers Nationwide, 2012
  • A "Star Individual" in Chambers USA in Products Liability: Automotive, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • A "Leading Individual" in Chambers USA in Products Liability & Mass Torts: Nationwide, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of Products Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Reviewed in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation
  • World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers in the Euromoney Expert Guides
  • Best of the Best USA for Product Liability in Euromoney Expert Guides
  • Top 100 Lawyers in New England by Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Who's Who Legal for Life Sciences
  • Top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts and New England by Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyer, Products Liability and Mass Torts, The Legal 500, United States

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Vice Chair, Jury Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Massachusetts State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • President, Massachusetts Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2004
  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2011
  • Faculty Member, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, University of Colorado, International Association of Defense Counsel, 1997
  • Director-Elect, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2004
  • Director, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2005 - 2011
  • President-Elect, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2008 - 2009
  • President, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2009 - 2010
  • Past President, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2010 - 2011
  • President, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, 1992-1993
  • Massachusetts State Chair and Massachusetts Delegate to State and Local Defense Organization Committee, Defense Research Institute, 1993-1995
  • Defense Research Institute, Steering Committee 1988
  • Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Committee
  • Board of Directors, Defense Research Institute, 2008-2011
  • Member, Defense Research Institute, 1996-1998
  • Dean, TIPS National Trial Academy, American Bar Association, 2003
  • Faculty Member, TIPS National Trial Academy, American Bar Association, 2001
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Executive Committee, Massachusetts Chapter, 1994 - 1996
  • The Florida Bar
  • Life Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council, 1986-Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Products Liability Under Massachusetts New Hampshire and Maine Law, Cambridge Law Institute
  • Discoverability of Post-Accident Design Changes in Product Liability Actions, Defense Research Institute, Pre-Trial Handbook
  • The Duty to Warn and the Duty to Inform: Marketing Defects in Strict Products Liability, The Defense Research Institute, 1989
  • Editor and Contributing Author, Fifty State Compendium of Product Liability Defenses, Defense Research Institute, 1992
  • Review of Defense Strategies for Component Suppliers in Toxic Tort Cases, The Bulk Supplier Doctrine, DRI Environmental, Hazardous Waste and Toxic Tort Seminar., 1994
  • Considerations When Deciding Whether to Depose the Plaintiff's Security Expert, Premises Liability for Violent Crimes Seminar, Defense Research Institute, 1995
  • The Burden of Proving Enhanced Injuries in Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee Newsletter, Winter, 1995
  • Subsequent Remedial Measures of Third Parties, Defending Material Handling Litigation II A Symposium., 1995
  • Corporate Responses to Massive Discovery Demands, DRI Product Liability Seminar, 1996
  • Cross Examination of Fact Witnesses, DRI Products Liability Committee, 1997
  • Product Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins: Discovery Tips and Issues Regarding Admissibility, Products Liability Seminar, Defense Research Institute, 1997
  • The Use of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in Litigation, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS, 1997
  • The Internet and Product Recall, DRI Products Seminar, San Diego., 1997
  • Turncoat' Witnesses, DRI Products Liability Seminar, 1998
  • Defending the Airbag Case: Some Pre-Trial Planning, Strategies and Tactics, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS, 1998
  • Issues Management in the Global Economy Communications Strategy, IADC Annual Meeting, 1998
  • In-House vs. Outside Experts: When, Why & How You Should Use Each, Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Seminar, 1998
  • Turner v. Play-Fun, Inc.: Mock Trial, American Bar Association - Chinese Law Project, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 1999
  • Effective Use of PowerPoint at Trial, International Association of Defense Counsel - Mid-Year Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, 2002
  • Lost Opportunity: Sudden Cardiac Death, Defense Research Institute, Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2002
  • One Company, Two Products and the Art of Defending: The State of the Art and the Trailing Edge of Technology, Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Seminar, 2005
  • Skills Workshop: The Best of the Trial Academy: Developing Winning Themes from Opening Statement through Closing Argument, International Association of Defense Counsel - Annual Meeting, Southampton, Bermuda, 2007
  • Asserting Claims for Sexual Assault Under the Warsaw Convention, International Association of Defense Counsel, Aviation and Space Law Committee Newsletter, No. 10., Aug. 2000
  • Alleged Improper Handling of In-Flight Medical Emergencies: A Cognizable Claim Under the Warsaw Convention?, No.1., International Association of Defense Counsel, Aviation and Space Law Committee Newsletter, Oct. 2002
  • Evidentiary Requirements for the Admission of Enhanced Digital Photographs, published in the IADC Newsletter, October, 2002
  • Presentation, IADC Trial Academy, Palo Alto, California, 2011 and 2012
  • Presentation, The International Corporate Counsel College, 6 -7 October 2011, Paris, France
  • Discovery or No Discovery? What is the best litigation system for corporations?, October 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Cameron V. Otto Bock Orthopedic Industry, Inc.
  • Kathios v. General Motors Corporation
  • Scott v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Ryan v. Ford
  • LeBlanc v. Honda
  • Miller v. Robert Bosch
  • Buzzell v. Toyota
  • Smith v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Allen v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Armao v. Honda
  • Ulm v. Ford Motor Company
  • Maldanado v. Ford Motor Company
  • Fry v. Crown Equipment
  • Royce v. Ford Motor Company
  • Sanchez v. Baker Material Holding
  • Moreau v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Nichols v. Honda
  • Featured Case: Campbell Defends Insurer in Station Night Club Fire
  • Mabey Bridge & Shore, Inc. v. Biehler
  • Featured Case: Campbell helps Honda Defend Integrity of ATV Design
  • O'Connor v. American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Pescatore v. Mead Johnson
  • Knoster v. Ford Motor Company
  • Scott v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Carter v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Federico, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Miller v. Wang Laboratories
  • Featured Case: Campbell Helps Establish Celotex Standard in MA
  • Berarducci v. Ford Motor Company
  • Luk v. Marriott
  • Towne v. American Isuzu
  • Scanzani v. Honda
  • Bialek v. Ford Motor Company
  • Garbacki v. Ford Motor Company
  • Bowman v. Ford Motor Company
  • Ford v. Ford Motor Company
  • Marquez v. Home Depot
  • Freitas v. Gaudreau and Dazey Corporation
  • Taylor v. Ford Motor Company
  • Siminovitch v. Home Depot, USA, Inc.
  • Karosy v. Turbocare
  • Svinland v. Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Featured Case: Gosule v. American Automobile Association, Inc.
  • Vaughn v. Ford Motor Company
  • Storozuk v. Cumberland Farms, Inc.
  • Smith v. Home Depot USA, Inc.
  • Dasti, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Gauthier v. Marriott International, Inc.
  • Kramer, Adm. v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Peck v. Ford Motor Company
  • Klein v. Ford Motor Company
  • Erickson, Adm. v. Angelo Todesca Construction Company
  • Willick, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Linnen v. Walgreen
  • Brown v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Nordensved v. Mini Coach of Boston, Inc.
  • Trans-Spec v. Caterpillar Inc., 524 F.3d 315 (Ist Circuit)
  • Adair v. Land Rover North America, Inc.
  • DiPietro v. Alexandria Hotels
  • Giannini v. Ford Motor Company
  • Da Silva v. Ford Motor Company
  • Garcia v. Ford Motor Company
  • Morse v. Ford Motor Company
  • Todd McDonald v. Crown Equipment
  • Edward Judge v. Pyramid Gun Mall
  • Featured Case: Defense Wins in Unintended Acceleration Case
  • Vaz v. Ford Motor Company
  • Barozie v. GE
  • Kendrick v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Dangutis v. ThyssenKrupp
  • Featured Case: Client Cleared in Motorcycle Weave-and-Wobble Death
  • Sullivan v. Genie Industries
  • Alvarez v. Ford
  • Fernandez v. Hino Trucks
  • Rediker v. Toyota
  • Featured Case: Ground Contamination by Heating Oil Prompts Claims
  • Featured Case: Drug Makers Look to Campbell for Mass Tort Defense
  • Featured Case: Jury Rejects $11.5M Wrongful Death Claims vs. Ford
  • Featured Case: Jury Returns Defense Verdict of Ford Where Plaintiff has $8M in Special Damages
  • Featured Case: Meticulous Discovery and Physical Reconstruction of Accident Scene Exonerate Summer Camp
  • Featured Case: First Electronic Stability System Suit Results in Win for Defense
  • Featured Case: Painstaking Biomechanical Analysis Clears Toyota in Airbag Case
  • Featured Case: The National Law Journal Agrees: Factual Development Wins Cases
  • Featured Case: Campbell Wins Defense of Food Liability Claim
  • McGee v. Fanelli Group d/b/a Pleasant Valley Homes

Educational Background:

  • Boston College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1980

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Chemical
  • Consumer And Industrial Electrical Equipment
  • Fuel And Energy Products
  • Hotel
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Medical Device
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Transportation
  • Office Location for James M. Campbell

    One Constitution Center
    3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02129

    Phone: 617-241-3060

     

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