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James William Harvey

James William Harvey

Practice areas:

Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance, Defective and Dangerous Products, Car Accidents

James Harvey

About Me

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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Litigation: 60%
    35 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Car Accidents: 10%
    35 years, 500 cases
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    30 years, 100 cases
  4. Insurance: 10%
    35 years, 100 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    35 years, 500 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($150-275/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    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.

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    Larry Hoskins
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Margolis Edelstein

525 William Penn Place
Suite 3300
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WVAuthorized to practice law198904/19/2015
PAActive198004/24/2015
OHInactive198804/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneySafeco Insurance2002 - 2009
Managing AttorneyOne Beacon Insurance - CGU Insurance - General Accident Insurance1997 - 2002
PartnerIsrael & Wood1986 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
West Virginia State BarMember1987 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Smith v. Sowers - U.S. Supreme CourtJudgment vacated and remanded to Third Circuit
3RS v. Spectrum Insurance - Beaver County CCPSummary Judgment granted for client
Gavin v. Welde Insurance - Philadelphia County CCPDiscontinued with Prejudice

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Client BrochureWEST VIRGINIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BASICS - TOP TEN LIST2010
Client BrochureWEST VIRGINAI WORKERS COMPENSATION - WHAT A SUCCESSFUL CLAIMS ADJUSTER NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE HANDLING THE FIRST CLAIM2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of PittsburghEngllish Writing / PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Webinar"Nuts and Bolts" of Pa Litigation2011
Continuing Legal EducationProfessional Liability- Risk Reduction - Case Law Update For Today - Insurance Agent E&O Claims2010
Audio SeminarWest Virginia Workers Compensation2010
Claims SeminarWest Virginia Litigation2009
Safeco Insurance Company National Managing Attorney MeetingInnovative Thinking - Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic2008
Claims SeminarPennsylvania Procedure for Claims Professionals2003
Claims SeminarThe New Joint and Several Liability Law - Be Careful what you Wish For2002