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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia, 1997
    • B.A., cum laude, American University, 1993
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2015
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2013

Clients appreciate the attentive service and zealous representation Eddie James brings to matters, both large and small. He often represents contractors, design professionals, owners, design-builders, engineering procurement and construction contractors, lenders, and suppliers on a wide variety of real estate and construction litigation matters in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Eddie has experience on infrastructure projects such as highways, bridges, government offices and structures, airports, wastewater facilities, power plants, ethanol plants, oil refineries, pipelines, and wind farms. He also has experience in projects involving the life sciences, health care, hospitality, as well as with educational and religious institutions.

Eddie has first chair jury trial experience in Missouri and Kansas and has handled and argued appeals in those states as well. He also has participated in numerous arbitrations and has first chair experience in significant arbitrations.

Assisted by experience gained as a former clerk to a judge sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eddie has been involved in matters in federal courts across the nation. His federal court experience includes pursuing and defending claims in bankruptcy court.

In construction disputes, Eddie has prepared and defended claims in numerous areas of construction law including contract default claims, payment disputes, bid contests, delays, acceleration and inefficiency claims, re-engineering and design-error claims, MBE/DBE challenges, insurance coverage claims, mechanic’s lien and payment-bond claims, claims concerning Americans with Disabilities Act liability, and claims regarding priority of interest in real estate.

On behalf of lenders, Eddie has defended a variety of lender liability claims including claims asserting breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, wrongful foreclosure, and statutory violations. He has also pursued the efficient resolution of disputes involving monies owed from defaulting parties through negotiations, workouts, and litigation, as needed.

  • Lead counsel for large design firm working under engineering, procurement, and construction contract on governmental facility in Oklahoma in successful arbitration against a subcontractor concerning defective work. Contractor’s claims for monies owed denied, design firm’s claim granted, and fees awarded.
  • Lead counsel for contractor in claims by owner in arbitration concerning an alleged defective building roofing system. Owner’s claims for replacement of entire roofing system wholly denied by arbitrator.
  • Lead counsel for international lender on four South Florida projects where claims by general contractor to supplant the priority of the lender’s secured interests and for damages related to alleged lender conduct were successfully resolved.
  • Represented design firm on engineering, procurement, and construction contract for power transmission/distribution system in northern California where owner claims were resolved at early mediation before taking any depositions.
  • Represented design firm on engineering, procurement, and construction contract for power plant where third-party claims for injury were resolved by settlement after expert reports were issued and discovery indicated liability of other parties.
  • Represented design firm on claims by lender where economic loss doctrine was raised as primary defense and favorable court rulings spurred settlement.
  • Represented design firm in claims by owner (a commercial developer) where betterment defense played a role in favorably settling case at mediation.
  • Represented design builder on an Indiana project in claims against roof system designer and roof system installer and installer’s surety. Roof covered 34-acre facility. Claims resolved successfully on eve of three-week jury trial.
  • Represented highway contractor on claims against public entity for delay and disruption and achieved successful resolution prior to trial.
Publications & Presentations
I Should Have Known Better – Construction & Design Defects & Project Delays – Hindsight is 20/20: Why Didn’t We Do That?
American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law; Chicago, Illinois
October 5, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Polsinelli PC
June 2, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
May 11, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
May 8, 2015
Publications & Presentations
Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z
National Business Institute
Co-Presenter
March 2015
eAlerts Alerts
January 20, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
January 5, 2015
eAlerts Alerts
December 4, 2014
Publications & Presentations
Legal Issues in Structural Engineering
Structural Engineers Association - Kansas & Missouri
November 19, 2014
Publications & Presentations
Reviewing Contracts for Design Services
Engineering Law and Ethics; HalfMoon Education Inc.; Overland Park, Kansas
November 14, 2014