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Attorney Jim Kramer is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He joined the firm in 2017 an accomplished trial attorney, having secured more than $35 million in verdicts for his clients. Jim focuses his practice on complex toxic tort litigation with a specialization in mesothelioma- and asbestos-related cases. His responsibilities include managing cases from inception through trial.
Jim knew from a young age that he wanted to be an attorney and devote his life to fighting on behalf of those who had been wronged by others.
“I have always been attracted to professions that allow people to help others in need,” he said. “Being a trial attorney allows me to do that. I truly consider myself a zealous advocate, one who genuinely enjoys fighting for those need a voice in their most difficult times.”
Jim brings this passion to every case he tries. One of the most important things to him in an attorney-client relationship is the personal connection forged between the two.
“I pride myself on my ability to form strong connections with my clients,” he said. “I understand that being involved in a legal case is not ideal, especially at such a rough time in their lives. It’s important to me that clients know that I am there for them at any time on any day. In my opinion, being an effective advocate doesn’t end with merely hearing about the facts of a client’s case. Being able to relate and connect with human beings who need their stories to be told is the most fundamental part of our profession. Even when my representation ends, I find that the bond I form with clients continues.”
Jim’s devotion to his clients is mirrored by the attention he gives to the details of each case.
“I always view every case from the perspective of a possible trial – what facts need to be brought out, where exposures might have occurred, and what legal outcomes we can anticipate and prepare for right from the start,” he said. “I genuinely enjoy the research and preparation that goes into making sure that a legal argument or trial will go as well as it can.”
Before joining SHC, Jim was most recently a partner at a large New York firm where he led its Cosmetic Talc Litigation Department. While there, he secured two of New York’s only verdicts in favor of clients whose cases involves asbestos contamination from cosmetic talcum powder. His standout cases include:
Jim also has extensive appellate experience and has argued several times before the New York Appellate Division, achieving favorable decisions that have shaped asbestos litigation.
Some of his appellate experience, along with other representative trial cases, include:
New York Court of Appeals
Appellate Division, First Department
New York Supreme Court, New York County
New Jersey Superior Court, Somerset County
Jim received a B.A. in English from Rutgers University in 1999. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 2008. When he’s not practicing law, he is a frequent performer of improv comedy, which he’s participated in since the early 2000s. Since then, he’s performed at theaters in New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.