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 - 2020
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
    • 90%Personal Injury - General
    • 10%Personal Injury - 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

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    About James Cunningham

    Admitted: 1977, Florida

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

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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)

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Substantial Recovery Against Anesthesiologist, Orange County, Florida - John Doe v. ABC Anesthesiologist
    • Electrocution - Construction Site Wrongful Death, Orange County, Florida - Walker v. Jim Walter Homes
    • Estate of Doe v. Local Theme Park, Orange County, Florida
    • Estate of Doe v. Dr. Ng, Marion County, Florida, Verdict for Negligent Failure to Timely Diagnosis and Treat Resulting in Wrongful Death, Marion County, Florida
    • Jane Doe v. Courtney Place Apartments, Orange County, Florida
    • Policy Limit Settlements On Difficult Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
    • $500,000 Verdict for Wrongful Death of 83-Year-Old Female, Hernando County, Florida - Estate of Crowe v. Certified Grocers of Florida, Inc.
    • $1.2 Million Recovery, Estate of Doe v. XYZ Homes, Inc., Leon County, Florida
    • $1.2 Million Wrongful Death Recovery, Brevard County, Florida
    • $150,000 Recovery for Minor Bitten by Dog, Orange County, Florida
    • $300,000 Settlement in Dog Bite Case, Florida
    • Electrocution - Construction Site Wrongful Death, Orange County, Florida - Walker v. Jim Walter Homes
    • $1.5 Million Recovery for Electrical Burns Suffered by Downed Power Lines - John Doe v. Sumter Electric
    • Jane Doe v. Local College, Orange County, Florida
    • $300,000 Recovery for Ankle Injury, Orange County, Florida
    • $85,000 Trip & Fall Accident
    • John Doe v. ABC Health Maintenance Organization, Volusia County, Florida, Recovery for Failure to Diagnose Rectal Cancer
    • Jenkins v. United States of America, Federal Court, Failure to Diagnose Pre-Cancerous Condition
    • Substantial Recovery Against Anesthesiologist, Orange County, Florida - John Doe v. ABC Anesthesiologist
    • Substantial Recovery for Elderly Nursing Home Patient, Orange County, Florida
    • $750,000 Recovery for Negligent Prescription of Drugs, Volusia County, Florida - Jane Doe v. John Smith, M.D.
    • Jenkins v. United States of America, Federal Court, Failure to Diagnose Pre-Cancerous Condition
    • Estate of Doe v. Dr. Ng, Marion County, Florida, Verdict for Negligent Failure to Timely Diagnosis and Treat Resulting in Wrongful Death, Marion County, Florida
    • Confidential Settlement Achieved Against Local Hospital
    • $4.5 Million Recovery for Minor Child Against Hospital, Orange County, Florida
    • $3.75 Million Recovery: Rev. Doe v. XYZ Corp.
    • $500,000 Recovery, Truck Collides with Cow on Florida Turnpike, Marion County, Florida
    • $500,000 Verdict for Wrongful Death of 83-Year-Old Female, Hernando County, Florida - Estate of Crowe v. Certified Grocers of Florida, Inc.
    • $975,000 Recovery on Truck Accident Case
    • $1.5 Million Recovery, Lake County, Florida, Robert Doe v. XYZ Trucking Company
    • Ranuka Doe vs. GEICO: Substantial Policy Limits Settlement of Underinsured Motorist Claim Against GEICO Arising from Broken Arm Occurring in A Motor Vehicle Accident.
    • Significant Recovery for Victim of Motorcycle Accident
    • $990,000 Settlement for Minor Injured On Motorcycle, John Doe v. State Farm, Orange County, Florida
    • Jay Doe vs. Allstate: Substantial Policy Limits Settlement of Underinsured Motorist Claim Against Allstate for Injuries Arising Out of a Motor Vehicle Accident.
    • Alan Doe vs. Allstate: Substantial Policy Limits Settlement of Underinsured Motorist Claim for Shoulder Injury Arising from Interstate Accident Pile Up.
    • Carolyn Doe vs. XYZ Defendant: Lawsuit Resulted in Substantial Policy Limit Settlement After Court Granted Permission to Amend Complaint to State Cause of Action for Punitive Damages Against Drunk Driver.
    • $775,000.00 Recovery - Seminole County - Aggravation of Pre-Existing Condition
    • Policy Limit Settlements On Difficult Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
    • $100,000 Motor Vehicle Accident w/Minor Impact - No Surgery
    • $260,000 Car Accident Recovery for Minor
    • $280,000 Verdict, Orange County Florida - Lynn Miller v. Toms Food
    • $300,000 Settlement for Colorado Accident Victim
    • $300,000 on Hit & Run Accident Case
    • $1.2 Million Wrongful Death Recovery, Brevard County, Florida
    • $700,000 Recovery in Jet Ski Incident, Seminole County, Florida
    • $3.75 Million Recovery: Rev. Doe v. XYZ Corp.
    • $94,000 Recovery On Airboat Accident Case
    • $1.7 Million Recovery in Wrongful Death Plane Crash, Volusia County

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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: 4/30/2020

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