Jim Vorhis is Co-Chair of the Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group at Nossaman. He is a business litigator assisting clients in finding solutions to a wide range of disputes, with a particular emphasis on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. His commercial litigation practice consists principally of business disputes involving insurance coverage, construction, financial services, and commercial contract and tort disputes.
Jim has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, and has developed experience managing complex discovery issues, conducting and defending depositions, and briefing and arguing major dispositive motions. He has helped clients achieve significant recoveries or defense verdicts in several high-profile trials. Jim is also experienced representing clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.
Public Pension Fund Insurance Counseling. Counsels numerous public pension boards in obtaining insurance, and represents those boards in the claim process with insurers and in litigation. Recently prevailed on an appeal with the Ninth Circuit on a coverage matter that resulted in the reversal of a District Court order granting summary judgment to the insurer and the client recouping all of its defense fees for underlying litigation.
Texas Department of Transportation – U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement. Member of the legal team advising on replacement of the nearly 60-year-old Harbor Bridge spanning the Corpus Christi shipping channel with a new structure that will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.
Texas Department of Transportation – Grand Parkway, Segments H, I-1 and I-2. Part of the trial team assisting with contract administration and claims management in connection with a Dispute Board process – the first of its kind in the State of Texas. The Disputes Board issued a full defense verdict in favor of TxDOT.
Arizona Department of Transportation – South Mountain Freeway. Member of the legal team advising on disputes pertaining to the first P3 project in Arizona – the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Project. The largest single contract in ADOT's history, the freeway development is also ADOT's first DBM project and the longest-term DBM contract to date in the U.S. transportation sector. Represented client in claim dispute process and contract administration.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Galan-Alvarez, et al. Representing the FDIC in $250 million lawsuit against directors and officers of failed Puerto Rico Bank and corresponding insurance coverage action against D&O and excess carrier. In settling the case, the client received the second largest individual contribution in the history of the FDIC from the directors. Prevailed on summary judgment motion against the insurance carrier.
Sonora HOA vs. Regency Skyport, et al. Defended public agency developer and general contractor in a major construction defect matter in Santa Clara Superior Court with related insurance coverage litigation, and accompanying insurance coverage disputes involve potential coverage under a $25 million "wrap" policy issued for the project and additional insured coverage under policies issued to subcontractors. Negotiated favorable confidential settlements of the main action and insurance proceeding.
Local Transportation Agencies. Represented San Francisco County Transportation Agency in pre-litigation claims negotiations related to stop loss notice filed by worker of general contractor, and San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority and other transportation agencies in California on issues related to public bidding process and protests. This is part of Jim’s practice related to stop loss and mechanics’ lien disputes.
- 04.02.2018 | The NAPPA Report
- 10.09.2017 | Nossaman eAlert
- 08.02.2017 | Nossaman eAlert
- 07.10.2017 | Nossaman eAlert
- 09.17.2015 | Los Angeles Lawyer
- California Association of Public Retirement Systems 2022 Annual General Assembly03.05.2022 – 03.08.2022
- Nossaman's 2021 Public Pensions & Investments Fiduciaries' Forum12.06.2021 – 12.07.2021
- 2021 P3 Airport Summit07.20.2021
- Nossaman's Employment BUZZ Webinar Series02.23.2021
- Nossaman’s 2020 Public Pensions & Investments Fiduciaries' Forum09.30.2020 - 10.02.2020
- State Association of County Retirement Systems 2019 Fall Conference11.14.2019
- Nossaman's 2019 Public Pensions & Investments Fiduciaries' Forum09.05.2019
- Nossaman's 2019 Public Pensions & Investments Fiduciaries' Forum09.04.2019
- National Association of Public Pension Attorneys' 2019 Winter Seminar02.22.2019
- San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, U.S.D.C. (Eastern Dist. of CA) Case No: 2:18-cv-02042-JAM-CKDCalifornia Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS) Attorneys’ Roundtable02.01.2019
- Nossaman's 2018 Public Pensions and Investments Fiduciaries' Forum10.19.2018
- 2018 Conference of California Public Utility Counsel Annual Meeting10.01.2018
- Nossaman's Annual Employment Law SeminarWinter 2018
- Nossaman's 2017 Public Pensions & Investments Fiduciaries' Forum11.30.2017
- Nossaman & University of California, Irvine's 2017 Cybersecurity Symposium10.23.2017
- Nossaman's Drought Solutions Webinar Series10.12.2017
- Nossaman & University of California, Irvine's 2015 Cybersecurity Symposium12.01.2016
- Nossaman & University of California, Irvine's 2015 Cybersecurity Symposium10.12.2015
- 10.20.2016 | The Lexblog Network
- 08.05.2015 | Super Lawyers
- 07.03.2014 | Super Lawyers
- 04.18.2014 | Law360
- 04.10.2014 | Law360
- 07.08.2013 | Super Lawyers
- 09.28.2010 | Daily Journal
- 07.16.2010 | Nossaman News Release
- 07.16.2010 | Super Lawyers
Community & Professional
American Bar Association
St. Thomas More Society
Earl Warren American Inn of Court
Honors & Recognitions
Selected to the Rising Stars list, 2010, 2013-2016
- Loyola Law School, J.D., 2006
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1998
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California