Mesothelioma Attorney Florida, Miami - James L. Ferraro

Mesothelioma attorney Florida James Ferraro
Asbestos Mesothelioma Attorney James L. Ferraro (born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1957) 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. He 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 received worldwide attention. Seven years after trial, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the trial court verdict.

Mr. James L. Ferraro has fashioned his law practice in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, family law and consumer protection. Mr. Ferraro has specialized in asbestos and mass tort litigation for over 20 years. Attorney James L. Ferraro has successfully tried many cases that resulted in multi-million dollar jury verdicts. For a mesothelioma case in 1995, he received the largest compensatory award in the state of Florida . For a non-malignant asbestos case in 1997, mesothelioma attorney James L. Ferraro also had the highest compensatory jury verdict ever in the nation. He has negotiated settlements on behalf of tens of thousands of clients in his years of practice. His negotiated settlements are over a billion dollars.

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. Mesothelioma attorney James L. Ferraro and his law firms currently represent around 50,000 asbestos claimants. The Ferraro Law Firm also has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.. Office in Washington, D.C. are specializes in corporate tax fraud and tax whistleblower cases.

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, and he also taught accounting at the University of Miami in 1982. In 1983, attorney James L. Ferraro received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

He is a member of the Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York Bars; the American Bar Association; the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; the American Association for Justice; the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Florida Justice Association; and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Ferraro is a Florida State Coordinator for The Public Justice Foundation.

Attorney James L. Ferraro is a member of the AFL's Executive Board and the majority owner of the Cleveland Gladiators franchise of the Arena Football League. He is a Trustee of The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, an organization dedicated to urgent worldwide issues; a member of the Board of Directors of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Inc.; a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the National Leadership Committee of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame; a member of the Honorary Board of The Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation, Inc.; a member of the Advisory Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; a member of the Board and Advisory Council of United Way of Miami-Dade; a member of the Bowman Foster Ashe Society at the University of Miami; and a Director of the Board of Jackson Memorial Foundation. Mr. James L. Ferraro donates to a multitude of charities annually.

For his philanthropy, in 1999, mesothelioma attorney James L. Ferraro was inducted into the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, a worldwide organization dedicated to helping the poor and the sick. Past recipients of this award include Nobel Prize winners and six former U.S. Presidents. He was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2001, given to United States citizens from various ethnic backgrounds who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their professional and personal lives while preserving their heritage.

Mesothelioma attorney James L. Ferraro in 2008 donated $600,000 to the University of Miami Law School to establish The Ferraro Scholarship, an endowed scholarship fund, and in same year he donated $1,000,000 to the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. By the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of South Florida, in 2010, Mr. Ferraro was chosen as one of the Twelve Good Men.

Mr. James L. Ferraro has three children, James (born 1986), Andrew (born 1989), and Alexis (born 1993).

  • 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

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

  • Certified Public Accountant

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

  • Castillo v. E.I. Du Pont De Memours & Co., Inc., 854 So.2d 1264 (Fla. 2003)
  • Galotti v. Owens-Corning Fiberglas, 679 So.2d 291 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1996)
  • McKenna vs. Owens--Corning Fiberglas, 726 So.2d 361 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999)
  • Pine Island Farms, Inc. v. Donner, 674 So.2d 138 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996)

  • Accounting, University of Miami, 1992

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


  • 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)
  • The National Italian-American Bar Association (Member)
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • The Sports Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (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)

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