James R. Branit

James R. Branit

Partner

Office: IL – Chicago
T: 312-781-6552 F: 312-781-6630

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Jim concentrates his practice in civil and commercial trial litigation, appeals and insurance coverage. He has more than 33 years of experience as a successful trial attorney, defending businesses and individuals against professional liability, complex bodily injury and property damage claims. Jim defends banks and credit unions against a broad range of lawsuits, and advises an international restaurant corporation regarding contract and insurance matters. Jim also has successfully handled over 150 appeals in various state and federal courts.

Jim also provides coverage opinions and litigates declaratory judgment actions on complex issues of policy interpretation. This includes the coverage areas of environmental, general liability, professional liability, personal/advertising injury and bad faith, as well as construction defect, excess and umbrella, additional insured, first-party property, business risk and cargo liability.

For medical malpractice cases with likely appeals, Jim’s considerable appellate experience provides a significant advantage in trial preparation and trial to make sure all issues and objections are preserved for appeal. He has prepared numerous post-judgment motions and appellate briefs in medical malpractice cases, winning the vast majority of such motions and appeals.

Practices

  • H. v. Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC, 2017 IL App (3d) 160378
    • Franchisor not liable for emotional injuries allegedly sustained by members who were secretly videotaped in tanning rooms
  • South Shore Baseball, LLC v. DeJesus, 11 N.E.3d 903 (Ind. 2014)
    • Baseball stadium operator not liable for injuries sustained when spectator was struck by a foul ball
  • Conrad v. AM Community Credit Union, 750 F.3d 634 (7th 2014)
    • Credit unions and trade association not liable; entertainer’s performance of singing telegram in banana costume, as “Banana Lady”, was not copyrightable
  • Mockbee v. Humphrey Manlift Co., Inc., 2012 IL App (1st) 093189, (1st Dist. 2012)
    • Contractors retained by employer to perform safety inspection entitled to immunity from employee’s negligence claim
  • Lazenby v. Mark’s Construction, Inc., 236 Ill.2d 83 (2010)
    • General contractor not liable to firefighter who fell through unprotected floor opening
  • Grey Direct, Inc. v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 460 F.3d 895 (7th Cir. 2006)
    • Insured’s printing error as a “known loss” that was not covered by printer’s errors and omissions insurance policy
  • AAA Disposal Systems, Inc. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 355 Ill.App.3d 275 (2005)
    • Insured required to exhaust all primary coverage before excess insurance was triggered; clean-up costs had to be allocated pro rata over entire coverage period
  • Barnard v. Saturn Corp., 790 N.E.2d 1023 (Ind.Ct.App. 2003)
    • Car owner’s fault precluded recovery against car and jack manufacturers