Jim Freire focuses a large part of his practice on Professional Liability representing and defending clients in construction defect litigation and construction work site injury claims.  Jim is experienced in supervising and conducting litigation in state and federal courts where he represents major construction companies, contractors and building owners involved in new construction and renovation projects. Many of these claims and suits involve general construction defect litigation, defense of Labor Law claims, construction contract disputes, crane accidents, personal injury matters and property damage actions.

While Jim served as a principal at a former law firm, he was responsible for coordinating and/or leading several aspects of the defense of Globe Aviation Security Corporation, a major aviation security firm, in litigation arising from the attack on World Trade Center. Jim supervised and coordinated projects including gathering, reviewing, and production of documents in three states and debriefing of witnesses in several states. He also coordinated the creation and operation of a secure computer system designed to preserve and code records. Jim deposed non-party witnesses, represented the client in meetings among defense counsel and further represented the client in negotiations with the United States Attorney’s Office. His assistance in the coordination of defense strategies led to the dismissal of a major portion of property damage claims made by the plaintiff.

Jim has also represented and defended clients in significant property and product liability matters and has litigated cases in state and federal courts. He represented the largest shopping mall complex in Staten Island as well as manufacturers of aviation parts and equipment. He has also served as the lead attorney with primarily responsibilities for all aspects of litigation involving a major helicopter crash and several notable private plane crashes. Jim also handles cases of premises liability where attempted murder, rape and robbery have occurred as well as catastrophic injury claims to premises owner’s visitors.


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law   – J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany – B.A.

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360