James P. Myers
"We really have a chance to make a difference in people's lives."
Jim Myers is a seasoned trial lawyer with a successful record of litigating high-stakes catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. In 2019, after 16 years defending some of the nation's most respected companies and healthcare providers, Jim brought his experience and expertise to Pratt Clay to fight for suffering individuals and their families. Now Jim focuses all his efforts on bringing justice to individuals injured or killed because of the negligence of corporations, property owners, hospitals, health care providers, trucking companies, and other negligent actors.
Jim says his favorite part of being a plaintiff's lawyer is helping people through the most challenging parts of their lives. "The legal process is intimidating," Jim says, "and having someone with compassion who can relate to you is very important."
Taking an analytical approach to litigation, Jim finds each case presents unique challenges and opportunities. Jim says, "I've been fortunate I've had so many different types of cases in my career that I am used to being creative in order to develop customized solutions for each client." Jim's work ethic and philosophy are a perfect fit with Pratt Clay's philosophy of precision litigation.
Regarded by his peers as a thought leader, Jim is frequently invited to speak at seminars around the country on issue of trial advocacy, discovery, ethics and professionalism, case evaluation, and legal strategy.
For Jim, justice isn't just about getting the right result for his client. "It's about getting the right outcome in the right way," Jim says. "It's about doing things with integrity and giving your full effort."
Admitted to the bar in Ohio and Georgia, Jim has handled cases across the country. He has handled appellate cases in The Supreme Court of Georgia, The Supreme Court of Ohio, The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and State Appellate Courts in Georgia and Ohio. Jim earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.
Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Jill, spoiling their rescue dog, and keeping up with their 12 nieces and nephews and extended family.
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
- J.D. - 2002
- Honors: Paul J. Hergenroeder Trial Tactics Award, 2002
- Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- B.A. - 1999
- Major: Political Science
- The 3Rs - Cleveland Public Schools
- Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
- Roetzel & Andress, Associate
- Ohio's Recent Tort Reform Legislation, SBN Online, 2003
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2009-2011
Current Employment Position
- Personal Injury
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio