JAMES G. MAGRAMES
Crown Point, IN
James G. Magrames joined Kopka Pinkus Dolin in 1999 and focuses his insurance defense practice on construction cases, trucking litigation, auto liability and product liability. He regularly attends state and national seminars on transportation and construction litigation. Mr. Magrames handles cases all over the State of Indiana for an internationally known soft drink corporation. He also has represented a long established Northwest Indiana paving contractor for the past nine years. Jim has routinely represented numerous local construction and trucking companies in various forms of litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Jim was a Deputy Prosecutor with the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for two years. He also served as an assistant high school football coach from 1997 through 2009.
Jim has been successful in achieving summary judgments on behalf of many clients, including cases involving an automobile accident, a snow plow removal company regarding a slip and fall injury, a work site construction accident, and a roadway paving project.
Jim is also the General Counsel for the Board of Directors for Indiana’s South Shore Convention and Visitor’s Authority.
Jim and his wife Sue live in St. John, Indiana with their daughter, Madison.
TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS
In his most recent trial, the plaintiff claimed over $150,000 in damage to her home, in-ground swimming pool, driveway, basement and patio caused by alleged negligent road and sewer construction. The jury returned a verdict in less than 20 minutes in favor of the corporate defendant even though the plaintiff presented eleven witnesses including two experts at trial.
In a recent automobile accident trial, the plaintiff claimed a torn rotator cuff injury which required surgery. The plaintiff presented over $48,000 in medical expenses and a worker’s compensation lien of over $70,000 to the jury. Even though liability was admitted, the jury returned a verdict of only $35,000 in response to the plaintiff’s request of $250,000 at trial.
Trucking Industry Defense Association
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.
Central Michigan University, B.S., Business Administration