Marshall Dennehey Expands Professional Liability Department in Jacksonville With the Additions of James E. Kallaher and Taylor A. Naughton

Marshall Dennehey announced today that James E. Kallaher and Taylor A. Naughton have joined the law firm's Jacksonville, Florida office. Both attorneys join the Professional Liability Department, where they will primarily focus on construction defect litigation. 

Mr. Kallaher, who joins the firm as a shareholder, is an accomplished trial attorney with  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. Earlier in his career he 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, Mr. Kallaher served on active duty in the United States Navy, flying the F-14 and F/A-18. He 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. Mr. Kallaher retired from the United States Navy Reserve in 2013 as a Commander.

Mr. Naughton, who joins as an associate, represents and defends contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, developers, and design professionals when claims are made against them. He routinely counsels clients in construction disputes, handling pre-suit investigations, multi-party claims, code violations, negligence and breach of contract claims. In addition to his construction defect defense practice, he is experienced in representing automotive dealerships throughout Florida in general liability matters, as well as in business disputes.

After graduating from Jacksonville University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration, he earned his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law. Mr. Naughton is a member of The Florida Bar and is licensed in all Florida State Courts.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim and Taylor to our Jacksonville office,” said Craig S. Hudson, Director of Marshall Dennehey’s Professional Liability Department. “Jim is a highly regarded attorney in the Jacksonville area, and brings an exemplary record of legal experience to the firm, particularly in the area of construction defect litigation. We anticipate all of our professional liability clients throughout Northeastern Florida will greatly benefit as we continue to grow our department throughout the state.”