James “J.J.” Reeves primarily practices in corporate defense, insurance coverage, and appellate practice. James is also experienced in products liability, toxic tort defense, construction defect litigation, contractual disputes, subrogation, general tort liability, Preferred Provider Organization (“PPO”) litigation, title, real estate, and commercial general liability policy disputes. James has earned a Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV Preeminent,” based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience. He has been named a Super Lawyer Magazine “Rising Star” and a “Top Insurance Lawyer” in 2016 and 2017, and, since 2015, has been named one of New Orleans’ best insurance coverage lawyers by New Orleans Magazine. James is also a Certified Claims Professional (“CCP”), a designation bestowed by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance after three years of training. James is inducted into the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. James is also a graduate of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.
James is an experienced courtroom and appellate litigator, with numerous reported decisions to his credit across several fields of law, in Federal and State courts.
James’ title and real estate experience includes experience with subrogation, quiet title actions, and bona fide purchaser and shelter doctrine litigation. James is also familiar with the nature of real estate financing issues and has successfully resolved numerous lis pendens issues outside of litigation and with minimal time and expense to the insured or the insurer. Moreover, James is thoroughly acquainted with Louisiana right of way law including right of access and predial and personal servitudes. Finally, James is also an accomplished appellate lawyer and federal practitioner, and can thus handle claims from their inception and through the appeals or removal process if necessary. James is licensed to practice in all Louisiana courts, including the Federal Courts of the Fifth Circuit and all Louisiana Courts of Appeal.
Originally from Pensacola, FL, James graduated from Tulane Law School on scholarship. James received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Florida State University with a double major in philosophy and communications and was a brother and officer of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. During his first year of law school, James clerked for the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Timothy in the 11th Circuit United States Court, Northern District of Florida. At graduation, James was recognized for leading Tulane Law School in pro bono hours, with over 400 hours spent evaluating §1983 claims made by aggrieved inmates. James is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the New Orleans Bar Association, and he is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal courts.
James is a Rotary Club “Paul Harris Fellow” who enjoys sailing, golf, reading, tournament shooting, and above all else, traveling with his wife, Lindsay.
Areas of Practice
- Bad-Faith/Extra-Contractual Defense
- Class Action/Mass Tort
- Toxic Tort
- Commercial Litigation
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability
- Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality
- Transportation and Trucking
- B.A., Philosophy and Communications, Florida State University ()
- J.D., Tulane Law School/Florida State University ()
- All Louisiana State and Federal Courts
- All Florida State and Federal Courts (Pending)
- American Bar Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Defense Research Institute
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Rotary Club “Paul Harris Fellow”