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James B. Lees Esquire 
Charleston, West Virginia
phone 304-932-0463
888-312-0299 (Toll Free)
fax 304-343-1916
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Nationally prominent trial attorney and persuasion consultant Jim Lees is well-recognized throughout legal circles in America as one of America's finest trial attorneys, teachers, and consultant. To date Mr. Lees has tried over 250 jury trials to verdict throughout the United States and has obtained numerous million dollar verdicts on behalf of deserving clients. Within the past several years alone Mr. Lees has obtain jury verdicts for clients in Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, the District of Columbia, and of course his home state of West Virginia.

Mr. Lees has obtained the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of Tennessee, a 23 million dollar verdict in a failure to diagnose breast cancer case which was litigated in Memphis. He has within the last two years obtained million dollar verdicts or settlements in product liability cases in Virginia and Texas, an auto accident case in Ohio, a breach of contract case in Alabama, and medical negligence cases in multiple states including Texas and Pennsylvania. Mr. Lees is one of the most sought-after trial attorneys in the United States by attorneys seeking to bring trial counsel into a serious case for the purpose of litigating the case to a successful conclusion before a jury in that particular state.

Whether the case involves medical malpractice, product liability, work place or auto accidents, breach of contract, or other serious matters Jim Lees has a proven track record of honestly and effectively persuading juries to return fair and just verdicts in serious injury and death cases. Here is just a sample of recent cases litigated by Mr. Lees around America:

1. Memphis Tennessee: a young woman who promptly reported a lump on her breast was not given any test by her OB-GYN to check for cancer. 17 months later when a test was finally performed not only was the lump cancer but it had spread to her organs. Courtney Hill, a 30 year old married mother of a 5 year old, died from undiagnosed breast cancer. Jury verdict: 26 million dollars.

2. Smyth County, Virginia: an elderly farmer had his hand severely damaged from the rupture of a hydraulic hose on a brand new farm mower. The product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the mower resulted in a jury verdict of 1.75 million dollars.

3. Huntsville, Alabama: a young salesman for a start-up defense contractor sold some 25 million dollars of the company's product and services but was denied the payment of his earned commission by Pratt and Whitney which had purchased the company. Jury verdict: 1.6 million dollars.

4. Oxford, Mississippi: a middle-aged woman leaving a Fred's Drugstore tripped and fell over a split rail barrier placed 10 inches off the ground outside the exit doors to deter shoplifters. The woman broke a wrist and shattered an elbow. Jury verdict: 1.2 million dollars.

5. Toledo Ohio: a young 16 year old intoxicated teenager riding in a car with other intoxicated youths was struck and killed by a highway construction truck that failed to yield the right of way at 4 am. Result: the case settled for an amount in excess of one million dollars after 4 days of trial.

6. Houston, Texas: a young girl was born brain damaged due to the medical negligence of doctors and hospital personnel at one of the largest hospitals in Houston, Texas. The case settled pretrial for a multi-million dollar amount.

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: a young five year old boy with sleep apnea died within 24 hours of undergoing outpatient tonsillectomy surgery because of a failure to keep him in the hospital and monitor the effects of narcotics administered to him. The case settled in trial for a multi-million dollar amount.

Mr. Lees is a 1977 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. For six years he prosecuted criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which included 44 first degree murder cases and six death penalty cases. Mr. Lees has been in private practice since 1984 with his principal office located in Charleston, WV. He specializes in courtroom litigation involving serious issues and injuries and his help is routinely requested by attorneys throughout the United States in litigating and winning difficult cases.

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Business & Commercial Law
Lemon Law
Civil Rights
Sexual Harassment
Criminal Law
Employment Law -- Employee
Social Security -- Disability
Nursing Home
Insurance Law
Products Liability Law
Medical Malpractice
Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1977
West Virginia, 1984
U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1984
U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1998
Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1977

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1974
Honors: Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:
West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

West Virginia State Bar Association

Hunt & Lees, L.C. Charleston, WV