Title: Corporate / Business Litigation


John E James

Of Counsel


John James

Firm: Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Address:Hercules Plaza
1313 N. Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
United States of America
Phone:(302) 984-6018
Fax:(302) 658-5607
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Local Time:Thu. 05:39
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Mr. James' practice encompasses various litigation areas including: insurance coverage litigation, in which he has represented Fortune 500 and other corporate policyholders in litigation against their insurance companies with respect to coverage for environmental, asbestos, other products, employment, D&O, property, fidelity, business interruption, and other liabilities; commercial litigation, in which he has represented parties in various forms of business litigation relating to contract disputes, bankruptcy actions, and business tort suits, and corporate governance litigation. His trial experience includes serving as counsel for major corporations in the two longest civil jury trials in Delaware State Court history.


Areas of Practice


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

John's primary practice area for almost twenty-five years has been the representation of policyholders in complex insurance coverage litigation against their insurers. These actions have involved claims implicating various types of coverage, including

Environmental liabilities:
Hercules Incorporated v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, C.A. Nos. 92C-10-105 and 90C-FE-195-1-CV (Consolidated) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Monsanto Company v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, C.A. No. 88C-JA-118 (Del. Super. Ct.)

North American Philips Corporation v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, C.A. No. 88C-JA-155 (Del. Super. Ct.)

Directors' and officers' liabilities:
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's et al., C.A. No. 4791 (Del. Ch.)

AT&T Corp. v. Clarendon America Insurance Co., C.A. No. 04C-11-167 (JRJ) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Sun-Times Media Group, Inc. v. Royal & SunAlliance Ins. Co. of Canada, C.A. No. 06C-11-108(RRC) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Cirka v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., C.A. No. 20250-NC (Del. Ch.)

Tobacco liabilities:
Liggett Group Inc. v. Affiliated FM Insurance Company, C.A. No. 00C-01-207 (HDR) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Asbestos and other product liabilities:
Conagra Foods, Inc. v. Lexington Insurance Co., C.A. No. 09C-02-170(FSS) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Viking Pump, Inc. et al. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company et al., C.A. No. 1465-VCS (Del. Ch.)

Federal Insurance Company v. Alpharma Inc., C. A. No. SOM-C-2003-06 (N.J. Super. Ct.)

Hercules Incorporated v. OneBeacon America Insurance Company, C.A. No. 02C-11-237 SCD (Del. Super. Ct.)

I.U. North America, Inc. v. A.I.U. Insurance Company, C.A. No. 01C-02-007 (MJB) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Shook & Fletcher Asbestos Settlement Trust v. Safety National Casualty Corporation, C. A. No. 04C-02-087 (MMJ) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Employee benefit liabilities:
Alpharma Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Company, 04-3536 (KSH) (D.N.J.)

Loss mitigation:
Oxford Health Plans, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation, C.A. No. 03-04-268 (WCC) (Del. Super. Ct.)

9/11 liabilities:
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas v. Royal Surplus Lines Insurance Company, C.A. No. 06C-09-261 (SCD) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Katrina damages:
Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's v. Tyson Foods, Inc., C.A. No. 07C-06-256 (JEB) (Del. Super. Ct.)

Maritime liabilities:
Aspen Insurance UK Ltd. v. BJ Services Company, USA, C.A. No. 09C-07-170 (JOH))

Professional Associations

  • American Bar AssociationDelaware State Bar Association; Litigation Section

Bar Admission

Delaware, 1979

United States District Court for the District of Delaware

United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Fourth Circuits



University of North Carolina, J.D., 1979

Brown University, M.A., 1973

Davidson College, A.B., cum laude, 1972; Phi Beta Kappa