James P. McElheny


At A Glance

James P. McElheny is Managing Partner of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, where he is also a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice in personal injury and product liability defense, insurance coverage and risk management issues and condemnation.


Syracuse University Law School, J.D., Cum Laude

State University of New York at Brockport, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

State of New York

Key Representative Matters

  • Represents major national and regional corporations, school districts, charitable organizations, universities, municipalities, insurance carriers and individuals across New York State in state and federal court, arbitrations and mediations.
  • Represented a major university in wrestling, hockey, weightlifting and other personal injury cases.
  • Represented a national camping organization in a lightning strike case that left an infant with permanent catastrophic injuries.
  • Represented a school district in a quadriplegic case that resulted from a high school basketball game.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company on race sponsorship issues in a case that involved two fatal bicycle motor vehicle accidents.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations and the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Greater Rochester, Inc.


  • Named Leader in Law and Nathanial Award Winner by the Daily Record Newspaper for going “above and beyond the call of duty in the name of justice."
  • Recipient of multiple New York State Bar Association's Empire Counsel Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement of free legal services to the poor and underprivileged
  • Included in the current editions of "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Super Lawyers" lists.
  • Frequent lecturer on personal injury and insurance law topics.

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Trustees for the Seneca Park Zoo Society.
  • Active both locally and nationally in the Boy Scouts of America organization.
  • Member of Board of Directors of the Monroe County Bar Association Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
  • Red Cross Casting for Caring Committee.

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