Zakim Bridge

Specialty Areas:

Complex Tort Litigation

Medical Malpractice

Product Liability

Business Litigation

James N. Esdaile, Jr.


Jim Esdaile is a litigator with both local and national recognition. His practice concentrates on complex tort litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability, as well as business and financial disputes.  After graduating cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1970, Jim clerked for Chief Justice G. Joseph Tauro in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Jim joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps also returning to B.U. Law School as an instructor in legal methods.  

Professional Accomplishments

For more than 40 years, Jim has dedicated his deep understanding of the law and thorough nature to helping people who were injured achieve the best results possible, as well as helping people and businesses navigate complicated business problems.  Jim was instrumental in obtaining some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the Commonwealth and has argued countless dispositive motions before all levels of the Courts.  In one of his most well-known cases, Jim obtained a $10 million judgment after a jury’s verdict on behalf of a man who was severely injured as a result of negligently designed pressurized equipment. 

Professional Affiliations And Civic Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow since 1987
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Commissioner of the Governor's Special Commission on Medical Malpractice
    • 1984-1991
  • Flashner Institute, former member of the Board of Directors
  • Governor's Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 1985-1987
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Superior Court Committee on Time Standards
    • 1987-1988

Awards and Recognition

While in law school, Jim served as Managing Editor of the prestigious Boston University Law Review (1970), and has written and lectured on topics related to civil litigation practice, authoring "The Collateral Source Rule," 68 Massachusetts Law Review 1983.

Jim is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell and is regularly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers publications. 

Contact Info:

Phone: 617-482-0333


Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1970

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1971

U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1971

United States Supreme Court, 1979


Boston University School of Law, JD cum laude, 1970

Harvard University, BA cum laude, 1967