James Courtenay

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana

James Courtenay

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 2008

Education: Southern University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
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3914 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119 Visit website


Attorney James "Jimmy" Courtenay is a founder and owner of JJC Law LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 12 years of total legal experience, Mr. Courtenay focuses his practice solely on civil litigation, and he provides invaluable advocacy and support to clients throughout the greater New Orleans metro and surrounding areas who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

A former civil defense attorney with one of his area's oldest and most prominent law firms, Mr. Courtenay has a unique insight into the insurance industry and the tactics insurance providers use to reduce or deny claims. Armed with this knowledge, he is able to devise the most effective strategies possible to help his plaintiff clients recover the maximum amount of compensation they deserve, and he has secured numerous substantial verdicts and settlements for those adversely affected by car accidents, truck accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and other preventable tragedies.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Courtenay has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents of his community. From his efforts advocating on behalf of those in need, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers for his impeccable professionalism. He has also received many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 2003 graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in accounting, Mr. Courtenay received his master's degree in public administration from the same in 2005. He then attended the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008. He is an active member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Jefferson Parish Bar Association as well as the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. 

*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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime, Personal Injury - General: Defense

Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Transportation Law, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Transportation/Maritime
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Defense

First Admitted: 2008, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.jjclaw.com

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Jefferson Parish Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • District One Representative, Young Lawyer Council, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2018
  • District One Representative, Young Lawyer Council, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2017
  • Member of Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), 2014
  • District One Representative, Young Lawyer Council, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2014
  • American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 2013
  • Member of Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), 2013
  • Member of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, 2013
  • District One Representative, Young Lawyer Council, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2013
  • 2014 - 2020 Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rising Star" (lawyers under age 40) by Super Lawyers every year since 2015
Educational Background:
  • LSU, B.S. Accounting, 2003
  • LSU, Masters in Public Administration, 2005
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Men's Rugby Division II National Champion - New Orleans, 2011
  • NCAA Football National Champion - LSU, 2003
Representative Clients:
  • AIG, Winn Dixie, American Family Insurance, Sally Beauty Supply, Team Industrial Services, Inc., RLI Transportation/Insurance, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Tennessee, 2022
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Mr. Courtenay was successful in a judge trial for a client that sustained injuries following an automobile accident. (Gladys McKee v. Allstate et al, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, No. 2017-12479, Div. "C"), 2019
  • Mr. Courtenay and Mr Sean Regan (King Firm) were successful in a judge trial for two clients that sustained injuries following an automobile accident. (Tasneem Mohamed et al. v. Allstate et al, First City Court for Orleans, No. 17-01531, Div. "C"), 2019
  • Mr. Courtenay, Mr. Brian King and Mr. Michael Simonson (The King Firm) successfully recovered damages for a male client following a side impact auto accident. The client did not seek medical treatment from a doctor or therapist until 7 months after the accident though he testified that he had been treating at home with exercises and ice for the months prior to his treatment. The client eventually underwent epidural steroid injections, testifying that he had 100% relief following those procedures. 21st Century Insurance defended the case, stating that something other than the accident caused the need for his eventual treatment because had the accident caused his injury, he would have sought treatment closer in time to the accident. The jury disagreed with 21st Century and awarded $58,578.00 in damages. Devan Kuylen v. 21st Century Centennial Insurance Company et al, 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, Docket No. 762-667, Division D (4/24/2018), 2018
  • Mr. Courtenay and Mr. Brian King (The King Firm) successfully recovered damages for two clients following a disputed liability, side impact accident. The two male clients underwent soft tissue treatment for months following the accident. The Defendant company argued that their driver did not change lanes prior to the accident and that the Plaintiff driver was the at fault party in the crash. After a judge trial on the issue of liability and damages, the Judge split liability 70% to the Defendant driver for improperly changing lanes and 30% to the Plaintiff driver for failing to avoid the crash. Money damages were awarded to the Plaintiffs after being offered nothing prior to trial. Jerry Weber Sr. et al v. Brian McCurdy et al, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Docket No. 2013-5811 c/w 2013-5906 c/w 2013-6058, Division A (7/5/2017), 2017
  • Mr. Courtenay, Mr. Jason Giles of The King Firm, and Mr. James Williams of Chehardy Sherman Williams successfully recovered $907,016.82 for a 64-year-old female client that was rear-ended in St. Tammany Parish on her way home from the gym. She underwent two epidural steroid injections, a facet fusion surgery, and likely needed a future surgery. GEICO defended the case and believed that the impact was not severe enough to cause our client's injuries. The jury disagreed and awarded damages. Marlene Collett v. GEICO et al, No. 16-15908, Section A, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (12/13/17), 2017
  • Mr. Courtenay successfully defended a well-known wing and sports restaurant in a slip & fall case, resulting in dismissal by summary judgment. The plaintiff fell while exiting the premises on the "slippery floor." The fall was caught on film in an area highly traversed by patrons and employees alike. For the purposes of the summary judgment hearing, the defendant admitted that the plaintiff fell on an "invisible substance," then successfully argued that the plaintiff could not meet the "notice" requirement of Louisiana's merchant liability statute. Although the plaintiff argued that she was telling the employees about the slippery floor moments before she fell, Judge Janice Clark agreed with the defendant and granted summary judgment. Laura Davis v. JK&T Wings, Inc., No. 602-581, Div. D, 19th JDC, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, 2012
  • Mr. Courtenay defended an Uninsured Motorist carrier in a personal injury action following an automobile accident. The plaintiff was rear-ended in her company vehicle and alleged several disc injuries to her neck and back. The offending driver had insufficient liability coverage, and the plaintiff filed suit against her employer's insurance company as the uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist carrier. The defendant filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, claiming the company waived UM/UIM coverage. The plaintiff argued the UM rejection form was not valid because it was pre-marked "N/A" in every space except the section that rejected UM coverage. Judge Wilson Fields granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, and the plaintiff appealed. Mr. Courtenay authored the appeal, and presented oral argument before the First Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal. Dana Lee v. Zurich American Insurance Company, No. 571139, 19th JDC, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Dana Lee v. Zurich American Insurance Company, 2011-0875 (La. App. 1 Cir. 12/21/11), 2011
Industry Groups:
  • Auto Accidents
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Jones Act
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Office location for James Courtenay

3914 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone: 504-513-8820


3 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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