Skip to main content
James B. Reed

James B. Reed

also known as Jim Reed

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury… more 

About Me

I LOVE what I do. For almost 30 years, I have dedicated my practice to representing persons injured by the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of others. I spend my days (sometimes nights and weekends too), fighting with insurance companies and their lawyers to get my clients the benefits and compensation they are due. In 2015 I was selected Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" and form many years I have been selected for Best Lawyers in the US and as a NY SuperLawyer.  I am a proud member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


When I am not working, I can often be found on my bicycle as I am an avid bicycle racer having competed in races all over the country including a 508 mile team race through Death Valley (The Furnace Creek 508) and a 540 mile race through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon (The Race Across Oregon).  For more info regarding my personal exploits, you can see my personal page by clicking here.


Photos and Videos

626466 1213991483

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Car Accidents: 20%
    29 years, 300 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    29 years, 500 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    29 years, 50 cases
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    29 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • James Robert Carroll

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim is one of this area's premiere trial lawyers and defender of the "little guy." He and his firm are one of the best. I often refer cases to him because I know that the people that I'm referring will be in good hands. Also, I look up to Jim and try to emulate him and his actions. The old saying is true: You are the average of the five people you most associate with. Well, if Jim is one of your five, then he's raised the bar significantly.


    James Carroll Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Reed is the most knowledgable and effective personal injury lawyer I have ever encountered. When local lawyers encounter difficulties on thier personal injury matters, Jim Reed is generally the person they call. The fact that the majority of his clients come from referrals from other lawyers speaks volumes about the quality of Jim's practice.


    Richard Rich Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Ziff Law Firm

Call for Appointment
Corning, NY, 14830

Ziff Law Firm

Call For An Appointment
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Ziff Law Firm

Call for an Appointment
Binghamton, NY, 13901

Ziff Law Firm

Call for an Appointment
Bath, NY, 14810

Ziff Law Firm

Call for an Appointment
Waverly, NY, 14892



NYCurrently registered 198703/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Selected Best Lawyer in the USUS News & World Report2014
Selected NY SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Media2014
Selected Best Lawyers in the USUS News & World Report2013
Selected NY SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Media2013
Selected NY SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaUS News and World Report2012
Selected for Best Lawyers in AmericaUS News & World Report based on peer reviews2011
Ny SuperLawyers-- Injury LawyersNY SuperLawyers by Law & Politics Magazine2011
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
NY SuperLawyers-- Injury LawyerNY SuperLawyers by Law & Politics Magazine2010
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Selected as "NY SuperLawyer" for Injury AttorneysNY SuperLawyers by Law & Politics2009
Selected as "Upstate NY Super Lawyer"/Plaintiffs Personal InjuryLaw and Politics and Hudson Valley Magazine2008
Selected as "NY Super Lawyer "NY SuperLawyers by Law & Politics, Seattle, WA2008
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Personal Injury and Malpractice AttorneyZiff Law Firm1986 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
NY Academy of Trial LawyersBoard of Directors2009 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersN/A2005 - 2008
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1987 - 2008
American Association for JusticeN/A1986 - Present
New York Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1986 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hunt vs Corning Hospital$2,400,000 Settlement
Whitehead vs Ira Davenport Hospital and Dr. Lin$2,000,000 Settlement
Johnson vs Ira Davenport Hospital$1,600,000 Settlement

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
Plaintiff's Person Injury Litigation in NYSLitigating the Personal Injury Action in NY-- Update2012
NY State Bar Association Book-- The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in NYThe Personal Injury Action Before the Southern Tier Courts2008
Don't Leave Your Family Unprotected!Learn the Five Secrets to Buying Auto Insurance2007
What You Need to Know BEFORE Talking to the Insurance CompanyLearn the Five Deadly Mistakes That Can Kill Your Accident Case!2007
New York State Bar JournalSex, Lies and Videotape1996

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Hamilton CollegeSociology/GovernmentBA1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Weekly Legal Commentary on Current Legal EventsCurrent Legal Events2011
Twin Tiers EntrepreneursMarketing a Multi-Practice Law Firm2011
WETM-TVWeekly Legal Commentary on Current Legal Events2010
WETM-TVWeekly Legal Commentary2009