Frederick W. James

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Des Moines, IA

The James Law Firm, P.C.
 | 2600 Grand Avenue, Suite 213
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-414-3968
Fax: 515-246-8767
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Frederick W. James is a senior shareholder with James Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Board-certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. James has more than 32 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional representation and support to clients across the state who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

    Handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. James has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for individuals and families adversely affected by medical malpractice and birth injuries, motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, defective products and other preventable tragedies. He also has extensive experience assisting injured and disabled employees with obtaining their rightful workers' compensation benefits.

    A veteran of more than 50 jury trials, Mr. James has also successfully handled numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court. He has also helped his clients resolve their matters and reach favorable settlements through mediation and negotiations. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Mr. James maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights, preserving their entitlements and increasing their chances of obtaining the justice they deserve.

    Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. James has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© for plaintiff medical malpractice and personal injury, including the organization's Lawyer of the Year Award in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020. In addition, he has received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    A leader in his legal community, Mr. James is the past president of the Iowa Association for Justice, and he is master of the bench with the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court. He is also a fellow with the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and The Iowa State Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

    A 1983 graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. James obtained his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School in 1987. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Iowa.

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    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant


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    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2011 - 2020

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    About Frederick James

    Admitted: 1988, Iowa

    Professional Webpage:


    • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Polk County Bar Association
    • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Iowa Association of Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 2002-2003
    • C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court, Master of the Bench and Past President, 2010-2011
    • American Board of Trial Advocates – Secretary / Treasurer, National Board Representative, Iowa Chapter
    • State and Federal Courts, Iowa

    Educational Background:

    • Drake University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1987
    • University of Iowa, B.A., 1983
    • Coe College
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    Office Location for Frederick W. James

    2600 Grand Avenue
    Suite 213
    Des Moines, IA 50312

    Phone: 515-414-3968

    Fax: 515-246-8767

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    Last Updated: 7/30/2020

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