James O. Cunningham

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando, FL

Law Offices of James O. Cunningham P.A.
 | 236 South Lucerne Circle East, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-917-3924
Fax: 407-843-8274
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of his own firm based in Orlando, Florida, James O. Cunningham has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he provides representation to people throughout the central part of the state who have been harmed by the negligent acts or omissions of other parties. The types of cases that Mr. Cunningham has handled have arisen out of incidents involving truck and motor vehicle crashes, boating accidents, premises liability, hospital negligence and other forms of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products and construction site accidents.

During his career, Mr. Cunningham has been able to obtain more than $250 million in settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients, making him a life member of the invitation-only Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. His fellow attorneys have taken note of his successes, and they have awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Cunningham has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 for several consecutive years.

A charter member of the Central Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Cunningham is an active participant in other legal organizations as well, including the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Florida State University, a Master of Science in marketing from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law. Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Cunningham is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About James Cunningham

Admitted: 1977, Florida

Professional Webpage: www.cunninghampilaw.com/james-cunningham.html


  • Florida Super Lawyers 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America, Law Dragon 3000, 2007 - 2009, 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Personal Injury Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, 1987
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubble, 1987 - present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, The Florida Bar, 1984 - present
  • Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 1996-2004
  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys, Charter Fellow, 2014
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1985 - present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors, 1999 - 2005
  • FSU College of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 1987 - 1996
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Chapter President, 1996
  • Florida Justice Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Charter Member, Central Florida Chapter, 1989 - present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, Board of Governors, 1985 - 1987

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • Family First, Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Daytona Beach Plane Crash Injures Two, 2018
  • One Dies in Fiery Orange County Crash , 2018
  • Florida Car Accident Kills One, Injures Others, 2018
  • Four Injured When Car Hits Toll Booth on Florida Turnpike, 2018
  • DUI Manslaughter Charges for Man Behind Hit-and-Run Death in Orlando, 2018
  • Infant Dies after Attack from Grandma’s Pit Bull in Miramar , 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Barry University College of Law, Trial Advocacy (2009); Foundations of Law (2010)


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Educational Background:

  • Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A.B.S, 2003
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, M.S.M, 1975
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, B.S., 1973

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice; Florida Justice Association
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Office Location for James O. Cunningham

236 South Lucerne Circle East
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-917-3924

Fax: 407-843-8274

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Last Updated: 1/4/2019

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