James E. Kallaher

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Jim is an accomplished trial attorney and has extensive experience representing general contractors and sub-contractors in complex, multi-party litigation, as well as defending automobile dealerships, convenience stores, and other businesses against premises and automobile liability claims.  Previously, Jim served an internship for the Hon. Ralph Nimmons and the Hon. Timothy Corrigan of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. He also worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Duval and Clay Counties in Florida.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jim served on active duty in the United States Navy, flying the F-14 and F/A-18. Jim is a graduate of TOPGUN and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  He served several tours of duty overseas, including in Kuwait and Afghanistan.  Jim retired from the United States Navy Reserve in 2013 as a Commander.

In his free time, Jim enjoys fishing and sharing his love of flying with his two children.  Jim is engaged with his local community and has served on several boards, including Crossings at Fleming Island Community Development District, Clay County Victim Services Center and Grace Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees.

Jim received a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri in 1988 and his juris doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2000.
 

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained Defense verdict for general contractor following a two-week trial on breach of contract, negligence, and unlicensed contracting claims from a homeowner.  The jury also returned a verdict in favor of the general contractor on its breach of contract counterclaim.  The general contractor was awarded contract damages, attorney’s fees and costs.

Obtained defense verdict for a popular North Florida convenience store chain on a seven figure trip and fall claim.

Secured summary judgment in favor of a subcontractor in a multi-million dollar construction defect case because the plaintiff did not meet the statutory timeline for bringing claims against a dissolved corporation.

Defense of general contractor against multi-million dollar construction defect and unlicensed contracting claims.  The case involved multiple buildings of a large condominium project, more than thirty parties, and contractual indemnification/additional insured issues.

Admissions
Florida
2001
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Education
Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2000)
University of Missouri (B.A., 1988)
Associations & memberships
Clay County Bar Association
Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee
Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Year joined
2021