James H. Heller

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Chair, Product Liability

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2189

(215) 701-2189

James H. Heller, chair of the firm's Product Liability Practice Group and co-chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, joined the firm in August 1985. Jim is a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Jim practices out of the Philadelphia office. Jim handles complex commercial disputes and catastrophic personal injury claims.  He has vast litigation experience, including product liability and toxic tort claims, in both individual and class actions, and has appeared in state and federal courts across the country.

During his tenure at Cozen O’Connor, Jim has had extensive litigation experience, trying more than 50 cases to verdict or judgment in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Jim is the national coordinating attorney and national trial attorney for an international product manufacturer. He has litigated hundreds of products' liability matters throughout the United States, many of which involve serious personal injury or wrongful death claims from residential fires or neurological injuries from exposure to carbon monoxide. A number of these claims have been pursued on a class action basis.

Jim has also litigated numerous commercial disputes, including claims of fraud, complex breach of contract actions, shareholder derivative actions and litigation arising out of the sale or merger of publicly held companies. He has prosecuted fraud practices by health care providers, attorneys, and claimants. He also has intellectual property litigation experience having prosecuted claims throughout the United States for patent, copyright, and trademark infringement.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1982, and his J.D. at the University of Miami in 1985. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

Experience

News

'Battle of the Experts': How J&J Won Its Talc Trial in Plaintiff-Friendly Philadelphia

September 28, 2021

Jim Heller was featured in an article published by The Legal Intelligencer, which discusses the J&J Talc trial in Philadelphia.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Litigation Leaders: Cozen O’Connor’s Jim Heller on Building Trial-Ready Product Liability, White Collar and Class Action Teams

March 29, 2021

The American Lawyer profiled Jim Heller as part of its Litigation Leader series, which features the country's biggest firms' litigation practice leaders.

What to Know as Hurricane Sally Nears: Dangers and Realities of Portable Generators

September 14, 2020

Jim Heller was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing whether or not manufacturers will be held liable for any injuries or deaths during Hurricane Sally.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Jury Sent Message With $8B Risperdal Verdict, but Lawyers Don't Expect it to Stand

October 09, 2019

Jim Heller was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer discussing the multibillion-dollar verdict that the jury ruled against Johnson & Johnson this week.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Punitives Promise Fiercer Fight In Philly Risperdal Trial

January 28, 2019

Jim Heller, co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law's 360 article, "Punitives Promise Fiercer Fight In Philly Risperdal Trial."

The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018

December 17, 2018

Jim Heller, vice chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018."

Cozen O’Connor Names Four Shareholders to Board of Directors

September 11, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected shareholders James H. Heller, Lori Kalani, Howard Maycon, and Martin Schrier to the firm’s board of directors.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Pa. High Court's 'Roverano' Ruling Likely to Reshape Strict Liability Litigation

August 09, 2018

Jim Heller, chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer's article, "Pa. High Court's 'Roverano' Ruling Likely to Reshape Strict Liability Litigation."

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Prescribing Doc's Testimony Key In 2nd Philly Xarelto Trial

April 04, 2018

James Heller, vice chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department and chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice, was quoted in Law360's "Prescribing Doc's Testimony Key In 2nd Philly Xarelto Trial."

James Heller Named to Product Liability Advisory Council

March 28, 2018

James Heller, chair of Cozen O’Connor's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was admitted as a sustaining member to the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (PLAC).

$28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say

December 06, 2017

James Heller, chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "$28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say."

Xarelto User Faces Hard Sell In 1st Philly Mass Tort Trial

November 03, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in Law 360's article, "Xarelto User Faces Hard Sell In 1st Philly Mass Tort Trial."

With Upcoming Xarelto Bellwether It's All Eyes on Philadelphia

November 02, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, "With Upcoming Xarelto Bellwether It's All Eyes on Philadelphia."

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

3 Trial Losses Won't Doom Xarelto Patients

August 23, 2017

James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, was quoted in Law360's article, "3 Trial Losses Won't Doom Xarelto Patients."

Gown Verdict Says Jury Can Be Swayed Without Physical Injuries

April 12, 2017

James Heller, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, was quoted in a Law360 article that discusses a recent jury verdict that shows that juries can bring back large verdicts despite an absence of physical injuries.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 28, 2009

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 52 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2009 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Publications

Lacrosse Equipment Manufacturers Facing Challenges [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 10, 2015

In an article titled ''Lacrosse Equipment Manufacturers Facing Challenges,'' James Heller, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability Practice Group, and Christopher Passavia, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and their abrupt announcement in November 2014 that it had voided the manufacturer's certification of two of the nation's most popular lacrosse helmets (Cascade's R model and Warrior's Regulator model). The announcement quickly led to the filing of two putative class action consumer lawsuits against Cascade, one of which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a lawsuit by NOCSAE against Warrior in federal court in Missouri.

An Attack on Plaintiffs' Use of Consumer Complaints [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 11, 2014

In products liability actions, plaintiffs use prior consumer complaints as evidence that a defect existed or that the defendant ignored a known defect. Precluding these prior consumer complaints is important to the defense, because this evidence has significant potential to prejudice the jury and lead to the imposition of liability in cases where plaintiffs have failed to produce sufficient proof of a defect. For these reasons, defendants must challenge the admissibility of prior consumer complaints. Defendants should argue that the communications are not substantially similar to the facts, circumstances and defects claimed in the case at issue (and are, thus, not relevant), and are inadmissible hearsay.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

The 2014 ACC Annual Meeting

October 28, 2014 - New Orleans, LA

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1982

Awards & Honors

ALM Top Rated Lawyer – Litigation

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2008-2021. This award is conferred by Super Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc.