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James M. Campbell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Boston, MA

Campbell Conroy & O'Neil, P.C.
20 City Square, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-241-3060
Fax: 617-241-5115
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense
Attorney Profile

James M. Campbell is the president of Campbell Conroy & O'Neil, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. Focusing his practice on civil litigation, he provides defense counsel to companies and individuals throughout the country and has tried more than 100 cases involving a variety of matters, including toxic torts, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device actions, professional liability and negligence.

After graduating magna cum laude from Boston College, Mr. Campbell earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Florida, Maine and New Hampshire, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his career, Mr. Campbell has received several awards recognizing his abilities as an attorney. He is listed as a Leading Individual by both The Legal 500 and Chambers USA and as one of the top attorneys in the area of product liability defense by Who's Who Legal in 2011 and 2012. In recognition of his track record and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. Campbell its AV Preeminent* rating.

A co-author of a Defense Research Institute monograph pertaining to the duty to warn that is imposed upon manufacturers and sellers of certain products, Mr. Campbell is also the author of a chapter in one of that organization's publications dealing with discovery in product liability actions. His commitment to his field is further reflected in the many high offices he has held in professional organizations, including his service as president and board member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Defense
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 20%Professional Liability: Defense


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

About James M. Campbell

First Admitted: 1983, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The Use of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in Litigation, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS, 1997
  • Product Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins: Discovery Tips and Issues Regarding Admissibility, Products Liability Seminar, Defense Research Institute, 1997
  • Cross Examination of Fact Witnesses, DRI Products Liability Committee, 1997
  • Corporate Responses to Massive Discovery Demands, DRI Product Liability Seminar, 1996
  • Subsequent Remedial Measures of Third Parties, Defending Material Handling Litigation II A Symposium., 1995
  • The Burden of Proving Enhanced Injuries in Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee Newsletter, Winter, 1995
  • Considerations When Deciding Whether to Depose the Plaintiff's Security Expert, Premises Liability for Violent Crimes Seminar, Defense Research Institute, 1995
  • Review of Defense Strategies for Component Suppliers in Toxic Tort Cases, The Bulk Supplier Doctrine, DRI Environmental, Hazardous Waste and Toxic Tort Seminar., 1994
  • Editor and Contributing Author, Fifty State Compendium of Product Liability Defenses, Defense Research Institute, 1992
  • The Duty to Warn and the Duty to Inform: Marketing Defects in Strict Products Liability, The Defense Research Institute, 1989
  • Discoverability of Post-Accident Design Changes in Product Liability Actions, Defense Research Institute, Pre-Trial Handbook
  • Products Liability Under Massachusetts New Hampshire and Maine Law, Cambridge Law Institute
  • Discovery or No Discovery? What is the best litigation system for corporations?, October 2011
  • Presentation, The International Corporate Counsel College, 6 -7 October 2011, Paris, France
  • Presentation, IADC Trial Academy, Palo Alto, California, 2011 and 2012
  • Evidentiary Requirements for the Admission of Enhanced Digital Photographs, published in the IADC Newsletter, October, 2002
  • Alleged Improper Handling of In-Flight Medical Emergencies: A Cognizable Claim Under the Warsaw Convention?, No.1., International Association of Defense Counsel, Aviation and Space Law Committee Newsletter, Oct. 2002
  • Asserting Claims for Sexual Assault Under the Warsaw Convention, International Association of Defense Counsel, Aviation and Space Law Committee Newsletter, No. 10., Aug. 2000
  • Skills Workshop: The Best of the Trial Academy: Developing Winning Themes from Opening Statement through Closing Argument, International Association of Defense Counsel - Annual Meeting, Southampton, Bermuda, 2007
  • One Company, Two Products and the Art of Defending: The State of the Art and the Trailing Edge of Technology, Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Seminar, 2005
  • Lost Opportunity: Sudden Cardiac Death, Defense Research Institute, Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2002
  • Effective Use of PowerPoint at Trial, International Association of Defense Counsel - Mid-Year Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, 2002
  • Turner v. Play-Fun, Inc.: Mock Trial, American Bar Association - Chinese Law Project, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 1999
  • In-House vs. Outside Experts: When, Why & How You Should Use Each, Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Seminar, 1998
  • Issues Management in the Global Economy Communications Strategy, IADC Annual Meeting, 1998
  • Defending the Airbag Case: Some Pre-Trial Planning, Strategies and Tactics, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, ABA TIPS, 1998
  • Turncoat' Witnesses, DRI Products Liability Seminar, 1998
  • The Internet and Product Recall, DRI Products Seminar, San Diego., 1997

Representative Clients

  • Alvarez v. Ford
  • Trans-Spec v. Caterpillar Inc., 524 F.3d 315 (Ist Circuit)
  • Karosy v. Turbocare
  • Carter v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Allen v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Dangutis v. ThyssenKrupp
  • Linnen v. Walgreen
  • Freitas v. Gaudreau and Dazey Corporation
  • Pescatore v. Mead Johnson
  • Miller v. Robert Bosch
  • Featured Case: The National Law Journal Agrees: Factual Development Wins Cases
  • Vaz v. Ford Motor Company
  • Klein v. Ford Motor Company
  • Bowman v. Ford Motor Company
  • Mabey Bridge & Shore, Inc. v. Biehler
  • Scott v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Featured Case: Meticulous Discovery and Physical Reconstruction of Accident Scene Exonerate Summer Camp
  • Todd McDonald v. Crown Equipment
  • Gauthier v. Marriott International, Inc.
  • Scanzani v. Honda
  • Moreau v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Featured Case: Drug Makers Look to Campbell for Mass Tort Defense
  • Da Silva v. Ford Motor Company
  • Storozuk v. Cumberland Farms, Inc.
  • Berarducci v. Ford Motor Company
  • Fry v. Crown Equipment
  • Fernandez v. Hino Trucks
  • Adair v. Land Rover North America, Inc.
  • Svinland v. Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Federico, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Armao v. Honda
  • Featured Case: Client Cleared in Motorcycle Weave-and-Wobble Death
  • Brown v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Taylor v. Ford Motor Company
  • Knoster v. Ford Motor Company
  • Buzzell v. Toyota
  • Featured Case: Campbell Wins Defense of Food Liability Claim
  • Barozie v. GE
  • Erickson, Adm. v. Angelo Todesca Construction Company
  • Ford v. Ford Motor Company
  • Featured Case: Campbell helps Honda Defend Integrity of ATV Design
  • Ryan v. Ford
  • Featured Case: First Electronic Stability System Suit Results in Win for Defense
  • Edward Judge v. Pyramid Gun Mall
  • Kramer, Adm. v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Bialek v. Ford Motor Company
  • Nichols v. Honda
  • Cameron V. Otto Bock Orthopedic Industry, Inc.
  • Featured Case: Jury Rejects $11.5M Wrongful Death Claims vs. Ford
  • Garcia v. Ford Motor Company
  • Smith v. Home Depot USA, Inc.
  • Luk v. Marriott
  • Royce v. Ford Motor Company
  • Rediker v. Toyota
  • DiPietro v. Alexandria Hotels
  • Featured Case: Gosule v. American Automobile Association, Inc.
  • Miller v. Wang Laboratories
  • Ulm v. Ford Motor Company
  • Sullivan v. Genie Industries
  • Nordensved v. Mini Coach of Boston, Inc.
  • Siminovitch v. Home Depot, USA, Inc.
  • Scott v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Smith v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • McGee v. Fanelli Group d/b/a Pleasant Valley Homes
  • Kendrick v. Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Willick, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Marquez v. Home Depot
  • O'Connor v. American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • LeBlanc v. Honda
  • Featured Case: Painstaking Biomechanical Analysis Clears Toyota in Airbag Case
  • Featured Case: Defense Wins in Unintended Acceleration Case
  • Peck v. Ford Motor Company
  • Garbacki v. Ford Motor Company
  • Featured Case: Campbell Defends Insurer in Station Night Club Fire
  • Kathios v. General Motors Corporation
  • Featured Case: Jury Returns Defense Verdict of Ford Where Plaintiff has $8M in Special Damages
  • Morse v. Ford Motor Company
  • Dasti, Adm. v. Ford Motor Company
  • Towne v. American Isuzu
  • Sanchez v. Baker Material Holding
  • Featured Case: Ground Contamination by Heating Oil Prompts Claims
  • Giannini v. Ford Motor Company
  • Vaughn v. Ford Motor Company
  • Featured Case: Campbell Helps Establish Celotex Standard in MA
  • Maldanado v. Ford Motor Company


  • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Who's Who Legal for Life Sciences
  • World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers in the Euromoney Expert Guides
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of Products Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • The Legal 500 as one of 8 Leading Lawyers Nationwide, 2012
  • Leading Lawyer, Products Liability and Mass Torts, The Legal 500, United States
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in New England by Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation
  • A "Leading Individual" in Chambers USA in Products Liability & Mass Torts: Nationwide, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Top 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Products Liability Defence, Who's Who Legal 2011, 2011
  • Top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts and New England by Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Best of the Best USA for Product Liability in Euromoney Expert Guides
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Reviewed in Martindale-Hubbell
  • A "Star Individual" in Chambers USA in Products Liability: Automotive, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Educational Background

  • Boston College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1980

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Massachusetts
  • Federal Bar Association, Executive Committee, Massachusetts Chapter, 1994 - 1996
  • Director, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2005
  • New Hampshire
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • Member, Defense Research Institute, 1996-1998
  • Vice Chair, Jury Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • Defense Research Institute, Steering Committee 1988
  • Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council, 1986-Present
  • Past President, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2010 - 2011
  • The Florida Bar
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2005 - 2011
  • Maine
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Faculty Member, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, University of Colorado, International Association of Defense Counsel, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Dean, TIPS National Trial Academy, American Bar Association, 2003
  • Member, Massachusetts State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • President, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, 1992-1993
  • Life Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • President-Elect, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2008 - 2009
  • Florida
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Director-Elect, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Faculty Member, TIPS National Trial Academy, American Bar Association, 2001
  • President, Massachusetts Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • Board of Directors, Defense Research Institute, 2008-2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Massachusetts State Chair and Massachusetts Delegate to State and Local Defense Organization Committee, Defense Research Institute, 1993-1995
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • President, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2009 - 2010

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Chemical
  • Consumer And Industrial Electrical Equipment
  • Fuel And Energy Products
  • Hotel
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Medical Device
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Transportation
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Office Location for James M. Campbell

20 City Square
Suite 300
Boston, MA 02129

Phone: 617-241-3060

Fax: 617-241-5115

Last Updated: 5/20/2022

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