James W. Tuffin
James W. Tuffin is Of Counsel to the firm in the Phoenix, Arizona and New York City offices. Jim is a member of the Appellate Practice and General Liability Defense Practice Groups. For over 25 years, Jim has drafted and successfully argued many high-profile appeals, making him one of the pre-eminent industry leaders and respected by both bench and bar. Jim also served as General Counsel for a major insurance carrier issuing professional and general liability coverage opinions to professionals and health care facilities. He has personally litigated insurance coverage disputes from inception through appeals, including matters relating to insurance recovery and declaratory judgment actions; appeals of insurance coverage matters; insurance arbitrations and mediations; reinsurance disputes; inter-company allocations; coverage opinions; bad faith litigation; policy and form evaluation; complex claims analysis and presentation; general advice regarding insurance claims and coverage; policyholder rights; choice of counsel issues; and insurance regulatory matters and complaints.
Jim is a graduate of Brooklyn College and St. John’s University School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the bars of the State and federal courts of New York and Arizona, and is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Health Lawyer’s Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.