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Jeffrey M. James

Tampa 501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700 Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 222-3310 (813) 222-3066

Quick Look

Jeffrey James has experience litigating a variety of cases in both state and federal court. He regularly represents defendants in professional liability matters (e.g., attorneys, accountants, engineers, etc.) and personal injury litigation, with a specific emphasis on toxic torts, products liability, airlines and aviation injuries. He also has experience litigating general property damage, personal injury, premises liability, and construction cases.  Jeff has regularly defended automobile and recreational vehicle dealers, manufacturers, repair facilities and other industry-related entities with regard to a variety of claims.

Representative Experience

  • Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., Tampa, FL
    Shareholder, December 2009 to Present
    Associate, November 2008 to November 2009
  • Fowler White Boggs Banker P.A., Tampa, FL
    Associate, September 2003 to October 2008
  • Colley Shroyer & Abraham Co., L.P.A., Columbus, OH
    Law Clerk, Summer/Fall 2002
  • Chambers of Judge George C. Smith, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Columbus, OH
    Intern, Summer 2001
  • Corrections Litigation Section, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Columbus, OH
    Intern, 2001

Presentations and Publications



  • “Avoiding Legal Malpractice,” co-presented at Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s FLCC Webinar Series, June 4, 2020
  • “Chinese Toxic Products from Toys to Pet Foods to Drywall,” Co-Authored by Nava Ben-Avraham, Terry Ford, Jeffrey James, Michele Johnson and Petra Justice. Presented by Frank H. Gassler at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Hot Springs, Virginia, July 2009
  • “Can You Keep a Secret? Confidentiality of Court Documents and Trade Secrets in Modern Litigation,” Co-Authored with Bradford Patrick, Presented by Frank H. Gassler at the 2005 Winter Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Marco Island, Florida, March 2005. Mr. James also presented this paper as a Fowler White CLE seminar to Technology and Products Liability practice group, March 2005 and March 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Professional Liability Committee, Lawyers Liability Vice Chair and Steering Committee Member
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association: Professional Liability Committee Chair
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: Trial Lawyers section

Community Involvement

  • City of Tampa Civil Service Board: Member, appointment by City Council, 2008-2009
  • Hillsborough County Commission: Member of the County Consumer Protection Board, by Appointment, 2006-2008
  • Tampa Chamber of Commerce: Emerge Tampa, 2004-2008
  • Tampa Connection: Alumni Association, Class of 2006
  • Hillsborough County Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, Inc.