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James Chin
Partner
Atlanta
1170 Peachtree Street
Suite 1200
Atlanta GA 30309
TEL: (470) 867-3041
FAX: (612) 336-9100
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James V. Chin

James Chin is a civil litigator with more than 20 years of experience representing commercial property insurers and liability insurers in complex disputes. He assists clients in preventing, mitigating, and managing exposure through effective management of risk and claims and has tried cases to verdict.

James advises insurers on a broad range of matters, including complex coverage disputes, claims handling, insurance fraud, subrogation, catastrophic losses, and allegations of statutory violations and bad faith. He has served as lead counsel in numerous cases with multimillion-dollar exposures across a variety of sectors, from construction and engineering to energy, industrial manufacturing, mining, hospitality and food processing.

James is also experienced in the appraisal process and represents clients in insurance appraisals. 

He is a frequent presenter to various industry groups and regularly conducts in-house seminars for clients.

Representative Matters

Lead attorney obtaining summary judgment and sanctions award dismissing on the merits a $38 million business loss claim in the S.D. of West Virginia. Case involved metals manufacturing operation claim of insurance fraud and significant, contentious discovery disputes involving complex, international and e-discovery issues.

Lead attorney in defense of $4 million coverage dispute and bad faith suit in the N.D. of Georgia involving alleged vandalism claim.

Lead attorney in defense of $4 million appraisal award and bad faith claim in the S.D. of Georgia. Case involved claim of insurance fraud and significant sanction award against policyholder.

Defeated $11 million claim on summary judgment in case involving interpretation of contract covering builder's risk policy. Claim involved mold in a luxury condominium complex in South Florida. Affirmed by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Defeated $12 million claim on summary judgment in a dispute involving loss of hospital supplies in Tennessee. Trial court's decision affirmed on appeal.

Lead attorney obtaining resolution of $6 million dispute involving damage to frozen food products in North Carolina.

Lead attorney obtaining resolution of $7 million dispute involving damage to building façade.

Lead attorney representing panel of insurers that led to the successful resolution of $30 million coal mining claim.

Recovered $1 million on behalf of a subrogation client in claim arising out of contractor's failure to properly deliver and install a loom at a textile plant in South Carolina.

Recovered $6 million subrogation claim arising out of poultry processing plant roof collapse due to defective renovation.

Co-lead defense/analysis of a 9/11 claim in excess of $75 million by World Trade Center tenant against consortium of insurers.

Articles & Presentations

"CAT Loss - Commercial Property Coverage Issues," Zelle CAT-Law Webinar Week, July 22, 2019, co-presenter

"Emerging Issues – Assignment of Benefits," Reinsurance Association of America Claims Conference, New York, October 13, 2017, presenter

"Indemnity v. Insurance: What Remedy Prevails?", 25th Annual ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, February 24, 2017, presenter

Property Loss Research Bureau Annual Claims Conference, 2005-Present, presenter

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