James T. Scime is widely recognized as one of the region's most skilled and respected attorneys. He practices in the areas of personal injury, construction accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents. He devotes the majority of his time to trial and litigation matters.

Mr. Scime is widely respected among his peers for his trial and negotiating skills. Many local attorneys refer matters to him when their clients have sustained serious injuries. Over the course of his career, Mr. Scime has helped thousands of people recover financial awards for injuries they have sustained. 

Mr. Scime serves as a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of New York, 1977
  • State of Ohio, 1976


  • Capital University, J.D. 1976
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude 1973

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer for the local court justices for the Office of Court Administration

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy, past president of the Buffalo Chapter
  • Member, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, past president and previously served on the board of directors
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of Erie County
  • A local driver who was severely injured when a liquid nitrogen tank he was delivering ruptured, received a $25,000,000 structured settlement for his injuries
  • A young girl who received a structured settlement of more than $21,000,000 for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
  • A young man who received a structured settlement of more than $19,000,000 for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident
  • A woman who received a structured settlement of $10,000,000 as a result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident
  • A 32-year-old construction worker whose case Mr. Scime tried and was awarded a $2,200,000 verdict for non-surgical back injuries he sustained when the scaffolding he was on collapsed
  • An operating engineer who received $1,600,000 for leg injuries he sustained when he was struck by a piece of steel during the repair of a bridge
  • A Niagara County laborer who settled his claim for $1,400,000 for injuries to his back he received when he fell on a construction site
  • A drywall worker who received a $1,000,000 arbitration award for injuries to his knee resulting from a fall off dry wall stilts.


The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs, Commercial Litigation


American College of Trial Lawyers
Named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers; fellowship is extended only by invitation, and membership never exceeds one percent of the total population of lawyers in a particular state

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating, signifying the highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics

Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2017
Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Buffalo for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2015
Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Buffalo for Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2012
Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Buffalo for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America


Super Lawyers
Among the Top 10 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers

America's Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership

One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement


Who's who Who's Who in Law
Named to the final 2012 issue of Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's "Who's Who in Law"




Reporters seek commentary from Mr. Scime on a range of personal injury topics. Click on the links below for recent examples.