James A. Long is a partner and trial attorney in the firm’s Syracuse, New York office and also represents clients out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and New Jersey. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York.
Jim is experienced handling a wide variety of litigation including commercial matters, municipal claims, mass torts, class actions, personal injury defense cases, construction defects, and professional liability.
Outside of the courtroom, he is a skilled counselor and advocate on the issues of data privacy, cybersecurity, data breach response and notification, commercial drone use and other emerging technology matters.
Jim has successfully defended clients at trial in both federal and state courts across the country, having most recently taken a verdict in the Northern District of New York in 2018. His clients have ranged from self-insured Fortune 100 companies to local mom-and-pop businesses, tech startups and everything in between. Jim began working in technology as a programmer on one of the first online travel booking engines in 1999. He designed early social media models focused on task management in 2000 and built a scalable online video-rental service in 2003 to allow local and niche video stores to compete with emerging DVD delivery services. He is able to use his technological expertise and business experience to represent clients and insureds with 21st century problems. He is a knowledgeable and efficient data breach coach and has advised companies and individuals regarding cybersecurity issues since 2001, both as a technologist and an attorney. He has presented at Syracuse University regarding compliance with European Union (GDPR), California (CCPA) and New York (SHIELD) data privacy law. Jim is also available as a media consultant on these topics.
In addition to his general liability and privacy/technology practices, Jim serves as National Coordinating Counsel for a major American construction materials manufacturer, and represents multiple large companies within the automotive industry in asbestos litigation. He is a dedicated and capable adversary in the courtroom, as well as a tough negotiator on behalf of his clients. Jim is known in upstate New York for winning multiple contested summary judgment motions on behalf of these clients in the plaintiff-friendly New York asbestos litigation.
Jim earned his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York where he majored in political science, graduating with honors and accepting membership into Phi Beta Kappa. He has been listed as a Rising Star, in both Upstate New York and New Jersey, every year since 2015.
For further inquiries, please contact Jim at our Syracuse office at (315)-558-5071.