Jim Weller is a seasoned trial lawyer and member of NP Trial®, an international team of Nixon Peabody’s most successful and experienced trial attorneys. He represents a broad range of commercial clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the country.
I primarily focus on commercial litigation, products liability litigation and class actions.
My practice involves suits ranging from complex breach of contract claims to fraud, securities litigation, intellectual property, mass torts and multi-district litigation. I represent clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. I enjoy partnering with my clients and many turn to me year-after-year for advice on how to avoid litigation. While my goal is to resolve issues in an efficient and cost effective manner, because of my extensive trial experience my clients and adversaries know I have no hesitancy taking a case to verdict if necessary.
I also spend a significant part of my practice in alternative dispute resolution, chiefly arbitration. I have represented a number of major industrial manufacturers and other clients in domestic and foreign arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as before a host of private arbitrators. One of my clients, Tom Hine, wrote a book about my successful representation in a claim brought against him before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)—NASD Arbitration Solution: 5 Black Belt Principles to Protect and Grow Your Financial Services Practice, by Thomas Hine and John Brubaker. Most recently, I successfully defended a $10 million breach of contract and fraud claim before AAA for a major manufacturing client.
I’m focusing on the growth of class action suits and expansion of the use of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes. Both areas have seen a dramatic increase in recent years and create different issues for my clients.
J-K Apparel Sales Co., Inc. V. Linda Esposito n/k/a Linda Pencek – AAA Commercial Arbitration Number 01-16-0004-2362 (October 2017)(Unanimous award of $3.5 million to client for respondent’s breach of non-solicitation and non-compete agreement).
Law360 | November 29, 2016
This story is about a Tenth Circuit decision to vacate the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ruling on small, high-powered magnets. Long Island commercial litigation partner Jim Weller is quoted discussing how challenging it can be for a company to take on a high-powered government agency.
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Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., (with distinction, Editor-in-Chief Law Review)
State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., (President's Award for Academic Excellence)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
James Weller was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Litigation - Health Care.
James Weller has received an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest accolade. He was also featured in the Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Intellectual Property & Labor Law.” He has been recognized for his exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of General Litigation in New York Super Lawyers, and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as one of the top-rated lawyers in litigation.
James Weller is a member of the American Bar Association and its Litigation and Tort and Insurance Law sections; he also serves on the Business Torts Litigation Committee, Products Liability Committee, and Trial Practice Committee. In addition, he is a member of the New York Bar Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Inns of Court.