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James J. O’Shea

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James J. O’Shea is a partner in the Litigation Practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, debtor and creditor rights, estate litigation, insurance defense and personal injury.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in the successful defense of the Officers and the Directors/Member Managers of a multi-national business at trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, on breach of fiduciary claims seeking in excess of $3 million.
  • Represented multiple businesses and individual shareholders in partnership disputes and dissolution proceedings in Courts throughout New York State.
  • Represented various municipalities in multi-year tax certiorari actions.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a regional business relating to the defense of a personal injury claim brought in Westchester County.
  • Represented multiple business entities in defense of personal injury claims.
  • Obtained in excess of $1 million in a judgment for a national business entity as a result of a business partner’s breach of contract.
  • Represented a banking institution in the prosecution of its fraudulent conveyance claims, leading to a recovery in excess of $300,000.
  • Represented numerous Estate Adminstrators and Power of Attorneys against breach of fiduciary claims.
  • Represented an individual on various personal injury claims, obtaining a recovery in excess of $250,000.
  • Assisted in obtaining a “no cause” verdict for a regional hospital on trial for alleged medical malpractice claims.
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
    • Recipient, Harold A. Dautch Memorial Scholarship
    • Concentrations in finance-transactions and International Law
  • Northeastern University, B.S., cum laude, 2006
    • Visiting Scholar, London School of Economics
    • Youth Diplomat, National Youth Diplomacy Mission to China



  • Secretary, Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School, Board of Trustees
  • Chair, Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School, Athletics Committee
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers, Federal and Commercial Litigation Sections
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, Mac’s Hoops for Hope, Board of Directors
  • Member, Associated Builders & Contractors – Empire State Chapter
  • Volunteer Coach, Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School Boys’ Basketball

Honors & Recognitions:

  • Selected, Upstate New York Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2016-2019)
  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association (2013)