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James M. Dunphy, Jr.
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Massachusetts Office
40 Court Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Tel:  (617) 426-3900
Fax:  (617) 426-0380

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James Michael Dunphy, Jr. is a Partner in the Firm’s Boston, MA office.  During the last 25 years, he has litigated matters in the areas of premises liability, dram shop liability, railroad claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), railroads, product liability, motor vehicle liability, construction liability, food borne illness, cargo recovery (including under the Carmack Amendment)  and civil rights violations.  Clients often retain Mr. Dunphy for cases that require a trial.  During his career, Mr. Dunphy has tried more than 35 cases to verdict, including the following types of cases: premises liability, construction defects, construction site accidents, cargo recovery and motor vehicle accidents.

Mr. Dunphy has tried numerous cases involving premises liability and motor vehicle liability.  He has tried, litigated, arbitrated and advised premises liability cases on behalf of national corporate clients. Mr. Dunphy has defended product liability cases for a variety of manufacturers and retailers, including the following types of products: nail guns, elevators, electrical utility equipment, propane cylinders, liquid stripper, lighting fixtures, landscaping equipment, furniture and retail merchandising products.  A significant portion of Mr. Dunphy’s practice entails alternative dispute resolution; including binding arbitration and mediation.  During a typical year, he defends 6 to10 binding arbitrations. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Dunphy has utilized dispositive motions as a means of resolving cases for clients.  He has obtained more than 45 victories, as a result of dispositive pleadings (Motions to Dismiss, Summary Judgment Motions and Mass. R. Civ. P. 33(a) Applications) for retail stores, taverns, corporate clients and individuals.

Mr. Dunphy is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.  He is a member of DRI, the Vermont Bar Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association.

James Michael Dunphy, Jr. graduated cum laude from Villanova University, in 1990, and he received his J.D. from New England School of Law, in 1994.


Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Vermont Bar Association


  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Villanova University, B.A., 1990, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
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