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 eighteen 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. Moreover, since moving his primary office from Boston to Norwell, he is better able to accommodate his South Shore clients while still being available to meet with clients in and around Boston.
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. Recently Jim reached the tops of Mt. Whitney (14,505’) and Mt. Langley (14,026’) and in 2007 reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,341’, it is Africa’s highest peak and is one of the famed 7 Summits. In doing so, Jim raised $17,000.00 toward the construction of Friendship Home, a soon-to-be completed respite home in Norwell, MA. This summer he will be adding Mt. Rainier (14,411’) and the Half Dome at Yosemite to his climbing resume. Jim recognizes that mountaineering and the legal system have much in common. Both climbing and trial work require meticulous 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 disastrous results, and that is a risk he is never willing to take.