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James A Boatman Jr.

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Naples, FL

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About James

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Practice Overview:


Mr. Boatman is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in both federal and state courts. He has handled a broad spectrum of matters from "special asset" recovery claims for financial institutions, to construction defect cases, to civil prosecutions for the satellite broadcasting industry, to contract enforcement matters for corporations and private individuals. Though located in Southwest Florida, Mr. Boatman is able to provide his clients with assistance in cases pending throughout the state.


Notable Anti-Satellite Piracy Efforts


In 2002, after assisting DIRECTV with a raid on a pirate device dealer in Central Florida, Mr. Boatman was asked to file the first two test cases in what would become DIRECTV’s national litigation campaign against end-users of signal theft devices. The cases were filed in the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and named 10-12 defendants each. Given the success of the first two cases, Mr. Boatman was asked by DIRECTV to assist in further developing the national litigation program.


Among other accomplishments, Mr. Boatman developed the database used by all the firms involved in the program nationally to manage the thousands of end-user cases in a virtually paperless environment. Mr. Boatman was also the visionary of an extranet repository for information shared by counsel involved in the end-user program throughout the United States. The database Mr. Boatman created was also designed to be uploaded to the extranet by local counsel to provide visibility to the client regarding the status of cases, individually and collectively.


In the state of Florida, Mr. Boatman personally filed and managed 922 end-user cases (more than any other attorney involved in the DIRECTV program) and managed, with the assistance of a staff of 5 associate attorneys and 25 administrative personnel, another 2000+ cases in Florida. Additionally, Mr. Boatman was asked by DIRECTV to be one of three (3) outside-counsel national litigation managers to supervise local counsel. His territory covered 11 states and accounted for approximately 6000 total end-user cases.


Outside the end-user program, Mr. Boatman assisted with three substantial raids on high-level dealers of pirate access devices which resulted in the recovery of thousands of end-users records and the seizure of substantial other assets. Another of Mr. Boatman’s notable achievements was the successful prosecution of a civil action against O.J. Simpson for satellite theft resulting in a Judgment of over $58,000.


Jim Boatman with Joy, his wife of 19 years, and their two children, Bo and Elin.


A Personal Note from Mr. Boatman…


“I take very seriously the slogan associated with my firm. The pursuit of Truth and the fostering of relationships are what drive me. My success with clients has been a function of my genuine desire to serve such relationships with professionalism and integrity for the long-term.”


Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice


The Boatman Law Firm
3021 Airport-Pulling Rd., North, Suite 202
Naples, FL, 34105


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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice
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Posted by Bryan McNelis | March 18, 2012
This Lawyer Will work hard for you!
James Boatman worked diligently through my property dispute from the Florida trial level to the appellate level, never ceasing to adequately prepare, communicate effectively and provide excellent counsel. Thus winning on both levels. Mr. Boatman takes his mission statement seriously; he is a truth guided…relationship driven man that will work hard for your case ~Bryan and Deena McNelis
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Thank You!
I highly recommend Mr. Boatman! I contacted six attorneys concerning my situation. Half would not give me the time of day and the other half told me that they could not help me. When I contacted The Boatman Firm Mr. Boatman returned my call immediately. In our initial conversation he kindly listened as I explained my situation. He requested documentation and after reviewing the documents he explained my options and agreed to represent me. Mr. Boatman's firm firm did more than represent me legally, they gave me hope at a time in my life when I needed most. I am now on the road to rebuilding my life and finances. Mr. Boatman's firm is established and had the resources needed to defend and finalize my case. Mr. Boatman and his staff always represented me in an extremely competent and professional manner! I was always treated with the upmost respect and my input was always considered.
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Posted by Kiley | September 24, 2021
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Great attorney, better man.
Wonderful experience. Mr. Boatman was able to help me through a difficult business issue efficiently, while educating me through the process and defending not only my business but also my integrity. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else.
Posted by Matthew | November 14, 2019
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Contract Resolution
My wife and I needed to replace our tile roof following a major hurricane. We selected a roofer who was highly recommended by a friend. He convinced me to sign an agreement to allow him to deal directly with my insurance company, actually misleading me with some absolutely false information. We selected James Boatman and his law firm to represent us as we endeavored to get legal control back from this fraudulent roofing company. I could not have been happier with the service provided by Mr. Boatman and his legal team, including attorneys Joseph Bare, Stephen Schahrer as well as Amy Juarez and the entire Boatman administrative staff. Once the Boatman Law Firm became involved, the fraudulent Roofing Company immediately worked with us to resolve the issue. This law firm and it's staff members are HIGH INTEGRITY, professional legal experts. We cannot overstate the importance of the great work Attorneys Boatman, Bare and Schahrer did on our behalf. Great Job!
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Posted by Brad | October 21, 2019
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Jim is the Best!
Jim and his team of litigators are the best! Their careful analysis, follow-though, and practical advice are what makes them rise above their competition. As an attorney myself, I know quality legal services. I do not hesitate to recommend The Boatman Law Firm to my own clients and friends.
Posted by Katie | September 19, 2019
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Best Contract Attorney in Naples!
My husband and I are in the building and real estate industry where miscommunication and unrealistic expectations can lead to very costly interactions with people. James Boatman has always been our go-to for everything with our business. We can trust that his firm will represent our best interest and always make sure that the truth is heard and efforts are made to minimize our costs and losses. We recommend him to anyone and everyone that needs sound advice or representation.
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Posted by Daryl | August 7, 2018
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A 5-star review for Mr. James Boatman, Attorney
Mr. Boatman accepted an appointment with me to discuss a legal issue involving corporate misrepresentation. Although, he could not provide legal counsel, he provided excellent advice, which when followed, resulted in a successful resolve for our issue. For this, we are very grateful!
Posted by Kyle C | October 26, 2017
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Totally professionals
They dealt with a case involving a bank and were able to do the research it turned up a flaw in the bank's litigation which rendered the litigation unenforceable therefore saved me the headaches a dealing with a $400,000 judgment I couldn't say more about the professionalism and the way it was handled would highly recommend them to anyone
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2017
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Complex Construction Defect Adjuster
Jim provided outstanding defense of the case. In particular, through sound investigation, discovery, and use of the appropriate expert, Jim positioned out insured for the best possible outcome at mediation. The case involved complex construction defect allegation where other trades were shown to be the proximate cause of the plaintiff's damage.
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Posted by Jerry | April 15, 2017
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Exceptional attorney
My wife and I hired Mr. Boatman as our attorney to assist us with multiple foreclosure possibilities for condos we owned in Pensacola, FL. We worked with him and his office personnel for about 6 years and will continue to work with him in the future when indicated. We have found him to be honest and thorough throughout our relationship. There is no doubt in our minds that without his help we would be much worse off from a financial point of view. He was always available and supportive of our efforts and needs. He listened to us and involved us in the decision process always. We think of him as a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
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Construction litigation
We hired Jim Boatman to help with building violations by construction next door which affected our property. Jim personally was with us all along the way helping us understand the process and our possible courses of action. After a lawsuit was filed, settlement was reached with the violations being removed. We would not hesitate to use the Boatman Law Firm in the future. Integrity and honesty are words that come to mind with any interaction with his team.
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Posted by Doug | February 17, 2017
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Speaking as a small business owner
As a small business, we had to deal with a large bank in a credit settlement. James Boatman and his staff are easy to communicate with, efficient and caring throughout the whole legal process. I highly recommend James Boatman for your legal needs.
Posted by Lynne | August 2, 2016
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Phenomenal Lawyer and Human
Being in the throws of a lawsuit by a bank is by far one of the most stressful experiences our family has ever experienced. Jim Boatman rode the roller coaster with us. He took on our emotions and made them his own. He cared for us professionally by dealing with the ugly business side of the suit, but became a caregiver by praying with us and for us. I cannot explain the depth of courage by a lawyer to let his personal beliefs and inner thoughts be revealed in such a positive way. On the outside, to the aggressor he protected my family like a shield. On the inside, he loved and cared about our well being enough to think and pray for us during his private time. You cannot get a better lawyer than Jim Boatman and his staff.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2016
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Presidnet of a Florida Condominum Association
Our Association was having great difficulty collection dues from 3 members. The Board of Directors changed and the new Board was unhappy with previous representation. We obtained Jim Boatman's name from another Association. He provided outstanding advice. He was clear and concise in how we could solve the problems. He has great experience and most importantly he was very decisive in what we should do and how to do it. His support staff was outstanding.
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Posted by Daniel | July 1, 2016
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Jim Boatman and his staff helped me avoid a foreclosure on my Naples seasonal residence that was initiated in 2016 and threatened to take my property. He and his excellent staff handled the legal challenges and I was able to reinstate my existing mortgage and remove all claims filed against me. I would recommend Mr. Boatman
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Boatman Law Firm, PA
  • 2007 - Present


  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Univerisity of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Young Life
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Michael R. N. McDonnell American Inn of Court
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Michael R. N. McDonnell American Inn of Court
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Real Estate Section Landscape Seminar
  • Wire Fraud Cases and Real Estate Transactions
  • 2016
  • Family Law Forum Annual Seminar
  • Collecting the Judgment
  • 2014
  • Techno-Security Conference
  • Challenges of Anti-Satellite Piracy Litigation
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse James
Litigation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A tremendous attorney with the demeanor and problem solving skills to be an asset to his clients and the legal community."
Business Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is man of high moral integrity. He is an excellent legal practitioner and I proudly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Boatman as a model attorney in the community and a fierce but humble advocate for his clients. Litigation is stressful and emotional for most people, but I have witnessed Mr. Boatman get the job done while keeping his clients at ease and informed throughout the process. Whether you have been sued or need to sue someone to enforce your rights, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Boatman."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I sincerely endorse Mr. Boatman. He is an excellent, efficient, and hard working attorney, who truly cares about his clients. Most of all, he is a fantastic role model."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is an excellent attorney. Experienced, smart, hard working, and dedicated to his clients. I highly recommend."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Boatman is an effective, experienced and aggressive litigator with measured strategies focused on exceeding clients' expectations. I consider him to be a mentor and a friend."
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