About Attorney James Ianiri
New England School of Law, J.D. (1992); University of Connecticut, B.A. Political Science (1984). Attorney Ianiri has been practicing law in Massachusetts for over twenty-two years and offers his clients not only expertise in several, distinct areas of law but is able to provide his clients the personal attention and access lawyers in large firms are often unable or unwilling to provide, and at rates considerably more affordable than his downtown counterparts. Moreover, since moving his primary office from Boston to Norwell, he is better able to accommodate clients all across Massachusetts while still being available to meet with clients in and around Boston.
In addition to having extensive experience handling a wide variety of personal injury cases, Attorney Ianiri has become a leading authority in the very specialized field of complex child abuse cases, including "medical child abuse" cases similar to the Justina Pelletier case. He has handled a number of cases involving Shaken Baby Syndrome, Mitochondrial Disease and PANDAS, as well as hundreds of abuse and neglect cases involving physical child abuse, severe neglect and substance abuse. He regularly appears in Juvenile, Probate and District Courts across the Commonwealth as well as the Fair Hearing board at the Department of Children and Families.
Attorney Ianiri recently appeared as an expert on the Glenn Beck television show and Fox CT relative to their reporting on the Pelletier case and has served as a consultant for several reporters recently in connection with medical child abuse cases. He has been handling child protection cases for over seventeen years.
Prior to being admitted to the bar in 1992, Attorney Ianiri held several senior claims adjuster positions at three major insurance companies, including Travelers Property & Casualty, where he served as a law-trained, national accounts claims adjuster handling serious bodily injury claims and suits. As a lawyer, Attorney Ianiri was an associate at two prominent Boston area firms: Morrison, Mahoney & Miller (Boston) and Smith & Brink (Quincy).
At Morrison Mahoney & Miller, a well-respected insurance defense firm in Boston, Attorney Ianiri assisted in the handling of large lawsuits, including wrongful death and serious injury cases. At Smith & Brink, Attorney Ianiri specialized in prosecuting and investigating insurance fraud cases for some of the largest insurers doing business in Massachusetts. Of note, he exposed a large automobile claim fraud ring involving several large insurance companies and 30 to 40 bogus claims. He also defended an insurer in a case involving a highly complicated stolen yacht scam in Federal Court that resulted in a dismissal as well as reimbursement of over $30,000.00 in investigation costs.
Since forming his own office in 1996, Attorney Ianiri has successfully used his extensive insurance-related experience to represent many personal injury victims in claims against insurance companies in both Superior and District courts. Because of his large firm experience and claims handling knowhow, Attorney Ianiri is able to consistently achieve excellent results for his clients frequently without having to litigate.
Over the years, Attorney Ianiri has expanded his practice to include Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law, OUI/DUI Law, and DCF (DSS) cases including Care and Protection and C.H.I.N.S. (Child in Need of Services) cases. In fact, representing parents and children in often very complicated abuse and neglect cases in Juvenile and Probate Court has become a significant component to his practice.
Aside from family, friends, traveling and the law, another passion of Jim’s is mountain climbing and trekking and, more recently, cycling. In 2007, Jim reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,341’, it is Africa’s highest peak and is one of the famed 7 Summits. In that effort, Jim raised $17,000.00 toward the construction of Friendship Home, a respite home that was shortly thereafter built on the property of UCC Norwell in Norwell, MA and which is absolutely thriving today. Jim has also reached the tops of Mt. Whitney (14,505’) twice and Mt. Langley (14,026’) and reached high camp on Mt. Rainier (14,411’) and the top of Half Dome at Yosemite between 2008 and 2013. He also reached Everest Base Camp in 2014 during a two week, 90 mile trek in Nepal. Jim still hikes frequently in the White Mountains and the Blue Hills for training and will be heading out to Colorado this summer to attempt to reach the summits of Quandry and Gray's Peaks. As part of his training for Nepal, Jim participated in the Best Buddies Challenge in May, 2014, a 100 mile cycling ride from Boston to Hyannis. Jim recognizes that mountaineering and the legal system have much in common. Both mountaineering and trial work require extensive planning and preparation. Both endeavors require consideration of all possible contingencies and unforeseen events. Both also require their own special tools and equipment. And Jim knows that walking into a courtroom, like climbing a high peak, unprepared can lead to unfortunate results, and that is why he leaves nothing to chance.