James N. Esdaile, Jr.

For over 80 years, Jim and his father practiced trial law at the very highest level.

We will always miss him.


For more than 40 years, Jim 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 graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1970, clerked for Chief Justice G. Joseph Tauro in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and returned to B.U. Law School as an instructor in legal methods.  Jim joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps.  He focused his practice on complex tort litigation, including medical malpractice and products liability, as well as business and financial disputes.  Jim was instrumental in obtaining some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the Commonwealth and argued countless dispositive motions before all levels of the Courts.

Professional Affiliations And Civic Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow since 1987 to 2011
  • 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.