James L. Ferraro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Miami, FL

The Ferraro Law Firm
 | Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Avenue, 38th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-375-0111
Fax: 305-379-6222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

James L. Ferraro has practiced law since 1983, and is the founder of The Ferraro Law Firm, which serves the Miami and Tampa areas of Florida. In 1997, he was national finalist for Trial lawyer of the Year after a landmark victory in a birth defect case against a major chemical company. His practice includes cases involving consumer protection, products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and family law.

For more than two decades, Mr. Ferraro has focused on asbestos and mass tort litigation and has achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts for his clients; consequently, he was invited to become a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He recovered the largest compensatory award for a mesothelioma case in Florida as well as the largest award nationally for a non-malignant asbestos case in 1997. He has also negotiated settlements in amounts totaling $1 billion.

Mr. Ferraro earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and his master's degree in accounting from the University of Miami as well. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, and he devotes 90 percent of his practice to litigation. He is also licensed to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st, 3rd and 4th Circuits.

Mr. Ferraro is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Sports Lawyers Association. He serves on the board of directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and the Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation.

His firm additionally has offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and Mr. Ferraro is also the co-founder of Kelly & Ferraro LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a certified public accountant, and his Washington, D.C., offices handle cases involving tax whistleblower cases and corporate tax fraud.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Class Action/Mass Torts (80%)

Personal Injury - General (10%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2014 - 2019

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About James Ferraro

Admitted: 1983, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.ferrarolaw.com/attorney-profiles/james-l-ferraro/

Honors/Awards:

  • University of Miami Momentum, "The James L. Ferraro Endowed Scholarship", 2008
  • Fighting for Public Justice - Trial Lawyers of The Year Award Finalist and Winners
  • Trail Lawyer of The Year Finalist, 1997
  • Fellows, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2001
  • Order of Saint John Knights of Malta, 1999

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1980

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, The Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida
  • Member, The Sports Lawyers Association
  • Member, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Member, The National Italian-American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1984
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • Florida, 1983
  • New York, 2002
  • Ohio, 2003

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Haute Living, "The Peoples Champ"
  • The Buoniconti Fund – Paralysis Fund Raiser Event
  • Trial Lawyers Doing Public Justice
  • Mercury Autism Connection - Have the Vaccine Manufacturers Poisoned Our Children?
  • Director, Board of Jackson Memorial Foundation
  • Member, Board and Advisory Council of United Way of Miami-Dade
  • Member, Bowman Foster Ashe Society at the University of Miami
  • Member, National Leadership Committee, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
  • Member, Honorary Board, Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Inc.
  • Trustee, William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Miami Herald, Article, "DuPont Retold to Pay a Family- $4 Million Award Against DuPont Reinstated"
  • Daily Business Review, Article, "Confidential Settlement Reached Over Doctor's Death by Cancer"
  • Florida Magazine, Article, "Jim Ferraro Working for the Public Good"
  • Accounting, University of Miami, 1992

Representative Clients:

  • Castillo v. DuPont - The Role of the Jury in Post-Frye/Daubert Litigation
  • Castillo v. DuPont, "Blind Justice"
  • Pine Island Farms, Inc. v. Donner, 674 So.2d 138, Fla. 3d DCA, 1996
  • McKenna vs. Owens-Corning Fiberglas, 726 So.2d 361, Fla. 3d DCA, 1999
  • Galotti v. Owens-Corning Fiberglas, 679 So.2d 291, Fla. 3rd DCA, 1996
  • Castillo v. E.I. Du Pont De Memours & Co., Inc., 854 So.2d 1264, Fla., 2003

Educational Background:

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, B.B.A., 1978
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, M.S. in Accounting, 1979
Office Location for James L. Ferraro

Brickell World Plaza
600 Brickell Avenue, 38th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-375-0111

Fax: 305-379-6222

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Last Updated: 1/4/2019

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