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James L. Ferraro

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Phone: 305-375-0111
Fax: 305-379-6222

600 Brickell Avenue, 38th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131

James L. Ferraro was one of ten national finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1997 for trying the first case successfully prosecuted against a chemical company for causing a birth defect. Mr. Ferraro proved that a pregnant woman's exposure to the fungicide, Benlate, caused her child to be born without eyes and held DuPont accountable in Castillo vs. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Pine Island Farms. The trial was covered in its entirety on Court TV and received worldwide attention. Seven years after trial, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the trial court verdict.

Mr. Ferraro has fashioned his law practice in the areas of product liability, wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, consumer protection and family law. He has specialized in asbestos and mass tort litigation for over twenty years. He has successfully tried many cases that resulted in multi-million dollar jury verdicts. In 1995, he received the largest compensatory award in the state of Florida for a mesothelioma case. In 1997, Mr. Ferraro also had the highest compensatory jury verdict ever in the nation for a non-malignant asbestos case.

A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Mr. Ferraro graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1978 and a Master of Science in Accounting in 1979. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1980; he also taught accounting at the University of Miami in 1982. He received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1983. He is a member of the Ohio, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts Bars; the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; the American Bar Association; the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the American Association for Justice; the Florida Justice Association; and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a Florida State Coordinator for The Public Justice Foundation.

Mr. Ferraro is the founding shareholder of The Ferraro Law Firm in Miami, Florida, and is one of two founding partners of Kelley & Ferraro LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. His firms currently represent nearly 50,000 asbestos claimants. Ferraro Law Firm also has an office in Washington, D.C. which specializes in corporate tax fraud and tax whistleblower cases.

Mr. Ferraro was the former majority owner of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. He is the co-owner of Randazzo's Little Italy Restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Ferraro is a Trustee of The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation; a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Inc.; a member of the Honorary Board of The Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation, Inc.; a member of the National Leadership Committee of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame; a member of the Advisory Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; a member of the Bowman Foster Ashe Society at the University of Miami; a member of the Board and Advisory Council of United Way of Miami-Dade; and a Director of the Board of Jackson Memorial Foundation. He was inducted into the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta in 1999 and he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2001. Mr. Ferraro has four children, James, Andrew, Alexis and Dmitri.

Education

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1983

Master's Degree, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Major: Accounting

B.B.A., University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1983
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • New York, 2002
  • Ohio, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2007

Certification/Specialties

Certified Public Accountant

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars Taught

Accounting, University of Miami, 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Order of Saint John Knights of Malta, 1999
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
    Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    Member
  • American Bar Association
    Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Member
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Member
  • The National Italian-American Bar Association
    Member
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
    Member
  • The Sports Lawyers Association
    Member
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Member
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida
    Board of Directors
  • The Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation
    Board of Directors

Birth Information