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James W. Scott Jr.



Team member


  • J.D., Temple University School of Law

  • B.A., Duke University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • New Jersey

  • District of New Jersey

Professional Experience

At WCM, Jim

  • focuses his practice on construction defect cases, where he defends general contractors, framing contractors, roofing contractors, siding contractors, and mechanical contractors throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey;

  • defends a wide variety of personal injury claims asserted against developers, property management companies, snow removal contractors, landscape contractors, charitable organizations, religious organizations, charter schools, day care facilities, small businesses, and individuals;

  • defends product manufacturers and distributors in product liability claims involving motor vehicles and trucks, construction equipment, automotive parts, and petroleum equipment; and

  • defends warranty companies and vehicle service contractors in breach of warranty claims.

Jim has more than two decades of insurance defense experience for firms in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jim was the Assistant Director of Operations for the largest fabricator/erector of structural steel in the Delaware Valley.  Consequently, his construction defect practice has been significantly enhanced by substantial real-world experience.

Honors and Distinctions

Fellow, Academy of Advocacy

At Temple University, Jim was in the Moot Court Honor Society, and was a Semi-Finalist in the Samuel J. Polsky Moot Court Competition.  He was awarded the honor of Distinguished Class Performance in 10 separate subjects:  Lawyering Process, Contracts II, Labor Law, Criminal Law I, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Environmental Law, Business Associations, and Administrative Law.

Professional Activities

Jim is an active member of several professional associations, including the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and the Defense Research Institute.  He served as President of PADC from 2014-2015.  He is currently the Executive Vice-President – Operations for PDI and is slated to become PDI’s President in 2021.

Jim serves as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

From 2004-2013, Jim coached the Mock Trial Team at Samuel S. Fels High School in Philadelphia.


Jim co-authored the chapter on Pennsylvania construction law for the DRI Defense Library Series publication, Construction Litigation Desk Reference. He has been a frequent contributor to PDI’s Counterpoint and is the former co-author of its “Product Liability Update.”


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