James L. Haigh

Of Counsel

James L. Haigh

Of Counsel

Jim has handled numerous complex cases during his career, including construction cases (for the general contractor and the sub-contractor), the defense of architects and engineers in construction cases, malpractice cases for dentists, nurse anesthetists and nursing homes (long term care facilities), product liability cases and insurance coverage issues including first party property damage defense.

Jim has been listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2003 to the present. He was also listed in Super Lawyers, Business Edition, Civil Litigation Defense in 2009.

Jim has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1979
Presentations
  • Speaker, Nursing Home Agreements: From the Provider and Consumer Perspective, Care of Aging Conference 2012
  • Speaker, Caught in the Middle: Emerging Challenges for Nursing Homes, Care Providers Convention, 2009
  • Speaker, Protective Orders, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Speaker, Historical Analysis of Coverage B in CGL Policies, Clarion Legal, 2003
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage Institute, 1997
  • Speaker, Introducing the 1996 ISO/CGL Policy, 1996
  • Speaker, Primary, Excess and Other Insurance, 1991 and 1993
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics for the Insurance Defense Attorney, 1994
  • Speaker, Coverage B in CGL Policies, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1987 and 1992
Education
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978
  • M.A. University of Southern California, 1973
  • B.A., University of Illinois, 1970
Associations & Memberships

 

  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Care Providers of Minnesota
Representative Cases
& Experience
  • Successfully tried product liability case for major water heater manufacturer involving allegations of defective design and manufacture that resulted in a fire.
  • Defended major engineering firm in multi-million dollar case involving cost overruns and performance issues for a waste to energy power plant.
  • Successfully defended a major manufacturer of truck wheels in product liability action for bodily injury involving allegations of defective design and failure to warn.
  • Successfully defended at trial in federal court and on appeal manufacturer of anti-lock brake system against allegations of defective design and manufacture.
  • Defended major carrier in case of first impression involving first-party coverage for asbestos removal from commercial apartment buildings.
  • Selected by major carrier for its representation in environmental cases.
  • Jim has defended and tried construction cases involving water intrusion and mold in homes and commercial buildings.
  • Jim has successfully defended through appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court summary judgment in favor of a health care professional in a case involving traumatic birth injury.
  • Successfully defended an engineer at trial for damages alleged to have occurred to a home arising out of settlement of soils.
  • Successfully arbitrated the defense of an architect in a case involving explosion and fire at a processing facility.
  • In a case involving insurance coverage, successfully arbitrated the issue of “closeness to the risk” regarding multiple insurance policies.
  • Jim has handled and continues to handle cases involving wrongful death and bodily injury in long term care, group homes and other settings with vulnerable adults.