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James G. Parker

ParkerJames
Partner
T503.778.5471
F503.778.5299
T415.276.4811
F415.276.6599
James Parker has a general litigation, counseling, and transactional practice, with a focus on insurance-related matters. He focuses on assisting insurance intermediaries and service providers. James frequently represents clients in cases involving professional negligence (E&O claims), class action defense, breach of contract, and post-employment restrictive covenants (non-competition and non-solicitation provisions). James also counsels self-insurance trust/pools, captive managers, insurers, and intermediaries on corporate governance, insurance regulatory matters, and program management. Finally, James also represents insurance intermediaries in mergers and acquisitions on behalf of both buyers and sellers.

James previously worked in the insurance industry where he sold and serviced a book of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance for public entity trusts, risk retention groups, and associations. Prior to his work as a broker, James worked extensively with in-house and outside counsel in the areas of corporate compliance, risk management, acquisition due diligence, and errors and omissions prevention.

Representative Experience

Business counsel to non-profit self-insurance trust/pool

Providing regulatory and general counseling to pooling operations. (Ongoing)

Business counsel to state universities self-insurance trust/pool

Providing strategy and guidance to future members on the creation and operation of a potential self-insurance risk trust/pool, including drafting trust agreements, vendor contracts, and negotiating with insurance regulators. (Ongoing)

Litigation counsel for a Medicare set aside consultant

Represented Medicare set aside consultant in professional negligence case related to injured employee of self-insured health organization. Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims. (San Diego Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2018)

Litigation counsel for a national insurance wholesaler

Represented wholesale insurance broker in professional negligence case related to placement of crime and general liability insurance for construction contractor. The claims were dismissed on summary judgment. (Los Angeles Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2018)

Trial counsel for nonprofit cultural arts center

Represented nonprofit organization in eminent domain/inverse condemnation action seeking loss of business goodwill compensation as a result of a highway project. First chair in successful two-week jury trial. (San Francisco (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2018)

Litigation counsel for a national insurance wholesaler

Represented wholesale insurance broker in professional negligence case related to placement of general liability insurance for political action organization. Obtained voluntary dismissal. (Washington Cnty. (Ore.) Cir. Ct. 2017)

Litigation counsel for a national MGA

Represented managing general agent in professional negligence case related to placement of homeowners insurance. Obtained voluntary dismissed on claims and judgment on cross-claim. (Riverside Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2017)

Litigation counsel for a national retail broker

Represented national retail broker in professional negligence litigation related to the placement of property, general liability, product recall, and business income coverages for a food processing facility. The claims were dismissed on summary judgment. (Santa Barbara Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2017)

Litigation counsel for insurance intermediary

Represented intermediary in putative class action related to lender-placed flood and hazard insurance. The claims were dismissed on summary judgment prior to class discovery and class certification. (Los Angeles Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2017)

Appellate counsel for a nonprofit

Represented nonprofit community dance school in eminent domain lawsuit regarding whether a nonprofit can recover for its loss of goodwill due to government taking. Obtained the first California appellate decision allowing a nonprofit to recover under the state's goodwill statute. First chair at oral argument. (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Div. 5 2016)

Business counsel to a managing general agent (MGA)

Provided strategy and regulatory guidance to MGA in asset sale transaction. (2015)

Business counsel to health insurer in merger

Provided strategy and regulatory guidance to health insurer regarding change of control provisions and Form A filing. (2015)

Business counsel to regional insurance broker selling to national broker

Provided strategy, analysis, and noncompete guidance to selling broker in support of merger transaction. (2015)

Litigation counsel for a national surplus lines broker

Represented surplus lines broker in professional negligence litigation related to the placement of a pollution liability policy for a dry cleaner. Secured sustained demurrer to Second Amended Complaint without leave to amend. (Napa Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2015)

Litigation counsel for national third-party administrator (TPA)

Represented national TPA in professional negligence action related to flood claims handling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Secured dismissal to the Complaint. (Sup. Ct. of NY (Kings Cnty) 2015)

Trial counsel for nonprofit cultural arts center

Represented nonprofit organization in eminent domain/inverse condemnation action seeking loss of business goodwill compensation as a result of a highway project. First chair in eight-day bench trial. (San Francisco (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2015)

Business counsel to a startup health insurer

Provided strategy and regulatory guidance to regional hospital system in forming and licensing a health insurer. (2014)

Litigation counsel for national third-party administrator (TPA)

Represented national TPA in putative class action RICO action related to flood claims handling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (E.D. NY 2014)

Trial counsel for directors and officers of failed startup

Represented former directors and officers in $75 million breach of fiduciary duty claim. Second chair in three week jury trial. (Washington Cnty. (Ore.) Cir. Ct. 2014)

Business counsel to a multinational manufacturing company

Provided strategy and guidance to multinational corporation undergoing a competitive process to select a national insurance brokerage firm. Provided counseling services to determine the content of the Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/RFP) as well as contractual terms and conditions. (2013)

Litigation counsel for a managing general agent (MGA)

Represented managing general agent (MGA) in a pair of related professional negligence cases related to the timing of cancellation of homeowners policies. Secured voluntary dismissal of claims. (San Francisco Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2013)

Litigation counsel for a national retail insurance broker

Represented national insurance broker in action to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants (noncompetition, non-solicitation, non-piracy) against former employees. Prevailed on request for a temporary restraining order (TRO), obtained stipulated preliminary injunction, and court-order enforcing the terms of the agreement. (D.Or. 2013)

Litigation counsel for an insurance program manager

Represented insurance program manager in class-action case involving claims of professional negligence and breach of CA Unfair Business Practices Act (§ 17200) related to shipping insurance. Prevailed on motion to dismiss Complaint. (N.D. Cal. 2013)

Trial counsel for a custom metal design firm

Represented metal manufacturer against breach of promissory note/guarantee claim. Second chair in two-week jury trial resulting in full defense verdict. (Multnomah Cnty. (Ore.) Cir. Ct. 2013)

Litigation counsel for a national insurance wholesaler

Represented national wholesale insurance broker in professional negligence case related to general liability placement. Prevailed on demurrer without leave to amend to First Amended Complaint. (Orange Cnty. (Calif.) Super. Ct. 2012)

Business counsel to national mortgage lending institution

Provided strategy and guidance on renewal of lender/forced-placed property and flood insurance programs. Negotiated policy language and program parameters with broker and carrier representatives.

Additional Qualifications

  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Portland, Ore.
  • Summer Associate, Freeborn & Peters LLP, Chicago
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Patrick J. Zika, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Oakland, Calif.
  • Senior Account Executive, Apex Insurance Services, Chicago
  • Quality Control Manager, Brown & Brown Insurance (NYSE: BRO), Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Acquisition Team Analyst, Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), Paris

Professional & Community Activities

  • Alumni Board, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2016-present
  • Leadership Portland Program, Portland Business Alliance, 2015-2016
  • Chairman, Advisory Board of Directors, FSU World Affairs Program, 2001-present
  • Vice President, The Grove HOA, Healdsburg, Calif., 2012-2013
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Agent (220 License), State of Florida, 2002-2009 
  • Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), The National Alliance for Insurance Education, 2004-2009
  • Planning and Zoning Board, City of Deltona, Fla., 2003-2004

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018