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Mr. Begley is an associate at Cohen, Placitella & Roth. He is a trial attorney who represents individuals with catastrophic injuries. He has been a part of numerous settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients, including:

  • $227 million settlement: Mr. Begley was an integral part of the trial team in the case arising from the collapse of a building during demolition that resulted in the deaths and injuries of 19 people in the adjacent Salvation Army Thrift Store. After the jury’s liability finding, which followed four months of testimony, the parties reached a settlement of $227 million to compensate the victims of the collapse, and their families.
  • $509,000 verdict on behalf of a Federal Reserve Bank police officer who was injured when she was struck by a forklift; and
  • Policy limits settlement for a man injured in an automobile accident.

Mr. Begley was also counsel in Cheney v. Daily News, L.P. in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned the district court dismissal of the case and its own ruling upholding the dismissal on a motion for reconsideration. 

Prior to joining Cohen, Placitella & Roth, Mr. Begley served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Savage, Federal Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Begley was an associate at Richard M. Ochroch & Associates in Philadelphia, PA and focused his practice on personal injury, class action and insurance bad faith matters. He was also an associate at Curtin & Heefner, LLP in Morrisville, PA and focused his practice in the areas of property damage and insurance bad faith litigation.

Mr. Begley holds a B.A. in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University (2006), and earned his J.D. from Rutgers University – Camden School of Law (2009).

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Rutgers University – Camden School of Law
J.D., 2009


Saint Joseph’s University, B.A.
(Accounting), 2006

Firm Awards


Bar Admissions


New Jersey

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association


Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Savage in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2010

James G. Begley is an Associate with the firm.

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