James Graber’s practice covers commercial litigation and property litigation. He has represented clients ranging from individuals, to small businesses, to Fortune 500 corporations. As a member of our commercial-litigation practice, James handles business disputes that cannot be resolved without litigation, both in federal court and state court. His specific experience includes representing parties in cases involving dissolution, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and several other business torts.
James’s commercial practice goes hand-in-hand with his property-litigation practice, where he represents clients in diverse property-loss matters. He primarily counsels clients on homeowner’s, renter’s, business, and condominium insurance policies. He litigates disputes on a wide range of policy provisions addressing arson, fraud, insurable interest, residence premises, pollution, neglect, deterioration, appraisal, valuation, subrogation, loss payment, mortgagees, and many others.
In college, James competed as an NCAA Division I track-and-field athlete, and he was a member of the 4×100 team that held the school record at the University at Buffalo. While in law school, he was a semi-finalist in the Karen C. McGovern Trial Competition. James continues to work with others to develop their competitive and oral-advocacy skills, including as an Attorney Advisor for Nichols School’s Mock Trial Team. He previously served in the same capacity at Iroquois High School. In 2017, the Iroquois team won the Erie County Championship, New York State West Regional Championship, and was a New York State Finalist in the statewide tournament of over 350 schools.
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., cum laude
Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
Past Board of Directors, The Sled Hockey Foundation, Inc.
Attorney Advisor, Nichols School Mock Trial Team
Buffalo Claims Association
Independent Insurance Agents’ Association of Western New York, Inc.
Erie County Bar Association
30 Under 30, Recognizing WNY’s Young Leaders, Business First
Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016, 2017, 2018