Mr. Harvey joined the Margolis Edelstein as a partner in 2008 after 15 years of managing staff counsel offices for Safeco Insurance and OneBeacon Insurance. During that time, he tried and oversaw litigation throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York. His combination of in house and panel counsel experience has provided him with a broad understanding of the needs and concerns insurers and individuals face in the claims and litigation process. His litigation experience includes insurance agent errors and omission, insurance coverage, bad faith, automobile, premises, construction, products, civil rights matters and national coordination of toxic tort litigation.
Mr. Harvey represents insurance agents in Errors and Omissions cases involving the sale of personal and commercial lines insurance as well as construction and performance bonds. Mr. Harvey’s product liability experience extends from mass asbestos and silica litigation to motorcycle equipment and helmet, industrial machinery, construction equipment and household product matters.
Mr. Harvey has won defense verdicts in truck accident and premises matters in federal and state court. He has defended large commercial fire loss/construction defect matters on behalf of general and subcontractors, furnace installers, and electricians.
As a manager, Mr. Harvey also served as staff counsel diversity coordinator for Safeco’s Northeast Region.
Mr. Harvey's civil rights experience includes representation of municipalities in employment, Fifth Amendment taking, and sexual abuse matters. He took one sexual abuse matter to the United States Supreme Court where court agreed with his position and remanded the case to the Third Circuit for further action. Smith v. Sowers, 490 U.S. 1002 (1989).
Mr. Harvey’s practice also includes numerous coverage opinion, declaratory judgment, bad faith and Unfair Trade Practices matters in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Licensed since 1980
I have known James Harvey for approximately 9 years. We were colleagues in the staff counsel division of Safeco Insurance Company. During those years I did have an opportunity to review Jim's work as an attorney defending personal injury litigation in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is an excellent communicator both orally and in his legal writing. His work was always done well and in a timely manner. He is creative and very hard working; an exceptional trial attorney. I give James Harvey an unqualified recommendation.
|WV||Authorized to practice law||1989||04/19/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Managing Attorney||Safeco Insurance||2002 - 2009|
|Managing Attorney||One Beacon Insurance - CGU Insurance - General Accident Insurance||1997 - 2002|
|Partner||Israel & Wood||1986 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|West Virginia State Bar||Member||1987 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Smith v. Sowers - U.S. Supreme Court||Judgment vacated and remanded to Third Circuit|
|3RS v. Spectrum Insurance - Beaver County CCP||Summary Judgment granted for client|
|Gavin v. Welde Insurance - Philadelphia County CCP||Discontinued with Prejudice|
|Client Brochure||WEST VIRGINIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BASICS - TOP TEN LIST||2010|
|Client Brochure||WEST VIRGINAI WORKERS COMPENSATION - WHAT A SUCCESSFUL CLAIMS ADJUSTER NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE HANDLING THE FIRST CLAIM||2010|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|University of Pittsburgh||Engllish Writing / Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Webinar||"Nuts and Bolts" of Pa Litigation||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education||Professional Liability- Risk Reduction - Case Law Update For Today - Insurance Agent E&O Claims||2010|
|Audio Seminar||West Virginia Workers Compensation||2010|
|Claims Seminar||West Virginia Litigation||2009|
|Safeco Insurance Company National Managing Attorney Meeting||Innovative Thinking - Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic||2008|
|Claims Seminar||Pennsylvania Procedure for Claims Professionals||2003|
|Claims Seminar||The New Joint and Several Liability Law - Be Careful what you Wish For||2002|