James B. Re

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
 | One Beacon Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-542-5542
Fax: 617-542-1542
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Fitch Law Partners LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, James B. Re focuses his practice on civil litigation of every type, including business litigation and representing ship owners in charter party, contract, collision, personal injury and cargo damage cases.  His business litigation practice is very varied, including such areas as litigation and arbitration of partnership and other business disputes, defending utilities and other large institutions in personal injury and property damage claims of every type, representing general contractors, manufacturers and distributors in product failure and product liability cases, and the defense of RICO claims against corporations and individuals.  In addition, as a former member and vice-chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, he has a great interest in legal ethics and defends lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Re is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts state courts. He is a member of both the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (40%): Admiralty & Maritime Law

General Litigation (30%): Litigation

Business Litigation (30%)

Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018

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About James Re

Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.fitchlp.com/Attorneys/James-B-Re.shtml

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the teaching team for the Harvard Law School Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop for many years.
  • Served for many years on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, the ethical rules that govern Massachusetts lawyers.
  • Vice-Chair, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 2006
  • Member, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 2003 - 2006
  • Member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts


  • Sweet v. United States, 63 Fed. Cl. 591 (Fed. Cl. 2005) (contractual indemnity claim against federal government)
  • Mammoet USA, Inc. v. Entergy Nuclear Generation Co., 64 Mass. App. Ct. 37 (Mass. App. Ct. 2005) (defense of mechanics lien claim against nuclear power plant)
  • Goulet v. Whitin Mach. Works, Inc., 399 Mass. 547, 506 N.E.2d 95 (1987) (product liability)
  • Marcial Ucin, S.A. v. SS GALICIA, 723 F.2d 994, 38 Fed.R.Serv.2d 407 (1st Cir. 1983) (personal jurisdiction over foreign defendant in cargo damage case; with Francis J. Sally)
  • Maddalone v. Okada Shosen, KK, 756 F.2d 886, 1986 A.M.C. 304, 1 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1084 (1st Cir. 1985) (defense of longshoreman's personal injury action)
  • Alexander v. Trustees of Boston University, 766 F.2d 630, 54 USLW 2033, 26 Ed. Law Rep. 55 (1st Cir. 1985) (religious freedom)
  • City of Boston v. S.S. TEXACO TEXAS, 773 F.2d 1396, 1986 A.M.C. 676 (1st Cir. 1985) (maritime collision and contract-based indemnity)
  • Willis v. Lipton, 947 F.2d 998, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 7870 (1st Cir. 1991) (standing to sue under RICO statute)
  • Heinrich v. Sweet, 308 F.3d 48 (1st Cir. 2002), cert. den., 123 S.Ct. 2273 (2003) (medical malpractice defense involving standard of care and causation)

Educational Background:

  • Boston State College, 1976

Industry Groups

  • Maritime Law Association
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Website - www.fitchlp.com
Office Location for James B. Re

One Beacon Street
16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-542-5542

Fax: 617-542-1542

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Last Updated: 11/6/2018

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