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Jim has over 30 years of experience with a wide variety of complex business insurance and reinsurance claims, including program business, and coverage issues, including General Liability, Products Liability, Professional Liability, E&O, D&O and Fidelity Bonds. He has extensive experience with complex business insurance coverage assignments by a number of domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers. Since 2008, he has been part of the same insurance coverage law practice which is now Kelly & Curtis, PLLC. Jim has litigated attorney and accountant professional liability claims and insurance coverage disputes. His consulting assignments have included an evaluation of the structure and operations of the claim department of a major personal lines insurer.


  • JD – Fordham University Law School
  • MBA (Accounting) – Columbia University Graduate Business School
  • BA (with Honors) – Trinity College


  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Former Chair, Committee on Insurance, New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • United States Navy


  • The “Imputed Knowledge Defense” and the Liability of Accountants and Lawyers Serving Financial Institutions in the U.S.
  • International Company and Commercial Law Review
  • The Art of Self Defense: A primer on risk management from the claim manager for the Institute’s professional liability insurer