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James Freire


James Freire is a partner in Coffey Modica’s White Plains and Long Island offices. A seasoned litigator with more than 30 years in practice, Jim has been handling complex cases since his years as an Assistant District Attorney investigating and trying the most egregious crimes.

200 E Post Road, Suite 210
White Plains, NY 10601



This training prepared Jim for a career in civil litigation, representing clients in high-exposure, complex matters. He counsels Fortune 100 insurance carriers and insureds – construction companies, contractors, and building owners in New York Labor Law, construction defect and premises liability cases with claims of catastrophic injury and property damage.

One of his most notable cases was related to the attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11, where he represented an aviation security company in the massive litigation. Millions of dollars of property damage claims by plaintiffs including World Trade Center Properties were dismissed. He also has handled cases involving wrongful death claims from crane accidents, helicopter crashes, and workplace accidents, among countless others.

Jim has litigated hundreds of cases in both state and federal courts and has argued before the appellate courts.

Jim understands the importance of investigating incidents as soon as they occur, and as such, he developed a rapid response protocol that he implements to ensure the most accurate data is collected. He is especially skilled at mastering and distilling facts from the most complicated cases to their simplest form to expedite optimal resolutions that align with the details presented in his research and his clients’ goals.

In addition to his comprehensive case handling, Jim is also meticulous in his client communications and provides carriers with thorough, accurate reporting in accordance with their guidelines.


  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Temple University School of Law, JD
  • State University of New York at Albany, BA
    cum laude