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James O. Cunningham

Orlando, Florida
phone:(407) 425-2000
877-FL-INJURY (Toll Free)
fax: (407) 843-8274
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Personal Injury Lawyer James O. Cunningham
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients' physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients' personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

Avvo Clients Choice 2012 - Personal Injury

Mr. Cunningham has been certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Specialist since 1984 and achieved board certification as a Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocates in 1985. In 1987 Jim was awarded the highest rating available for legal ability, ethics and diligence by Martindale-Hubbell, the Nation's oldest and most respected attorney rating system. In 2015, Jim became a Charter Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys. Since 1987 Mr. Cunningham has been a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Personal Injury Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. He is also a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Jim was again named a 2021 Florida Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers identifies the top 5% of attorneys in Florida, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

The National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationIn 1989, Mr. Cunningham was admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national organization comprised of lawyers who represent both individuals and insurance companies, health care providers and product manufacturers. Membership is limited to attorneys who have extensive jury trial experience and who exhibit "high personal character and honorable reputation."

Although there are over 6000 attorneys practicing law in the Central Florida area, there are only 75 members of the Central Florida Chapter of ABOTA. Mr. Cunningham was a charter member of the Central Florida Chapter and served as Chapter President in 1996. He was elected and served on ABOTA's National Board of Directors from 1999-2005.

In 2015, Mr. Cunningham was again selected as one of the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, as published by Law Dragon 3000. This recognition is given to less than one-half of one percent of America's 1.1 million lawyers.

National Trial LawyersMr. Cunningham has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Central Florida. He also holds a Seminary Degree in addition to his Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law. Jim and Joyce were instrumental in establishing a fund which provides scholarships for needy children to attend FCA camps in North Carolina. Jim and Joyce also served on the Board of Directors of Family First, an organization based in Tampa, Florida and dedicated to strengthening and improving Florida's families and they have been supporters of the local Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Cunningham and his experienced and helpful staff are available to meet with you to counsel you concerning your legal rights. There is no charge for the initial consultation and if Mr. Cunningham accepts your case, he will charge no attorney fees or legal costs unless you make a financial recovery for your losses. Please call for your free appointment and put the legal experience of James O. Cunningham to work for you.

Areas of Practice:


  • Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, The Florida Bar, 1984 - present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1985 - present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Barry University College of Law , Orlando FL, 2009
  • Board Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 1996-2004

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1977
    Juris Doctor
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1973
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 1975
  • Reformed Theological Seminary, 2003

Honors and Awards:

  • Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America, (Law Dragon 3000), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Personal Injury Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, 1987
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubble, 1987 - present
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2016-2017,2019)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1989 - present
    • Charter Member, Central Florida Chapter
    • Chapter President, 1996
    • National Board of Directors, 1999 - 2005
  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Justice Association
  • FSU College of Law Alumni Association, 1987 - 1996
    Board of Directors
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, 1985 - 1987
    Board of Governors


  • Spanish

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  • 5 StarsMr. Cunningham is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney.

    I would and have recommended Mr. Cunningham as an attorney. I am extremely happy with the service he has provided for me and my family. I will definately use Mr. Cunningham in the future if I ever need an attorney again.

    - John, a Personal Injury client
  • Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar Board Certified
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • The Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Personal Injury
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent High Ethical Standing
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite

Client Testimonials

5 StarsGreat Service (auto accident)
After totalling my vehicle my father recommended I retain Mr. Cunningham. A little online research lead us to Mr. Cunningham who made this case an easy process and educational. I recommend Jim Cunningham. He is doing a great service. Tyrone, an Auto Accident Client

5 StarsOutstanding Attorney
I was in an automobile accident and didn't know where to turn. My son-in-law recommended James Cunningham and I am so happy I took his advice. James and his staff were very professional and compassionate in guiding me through a difficult time. I highly recommend him. Hilda, an Auto Accident Client

5 StarsExcellent Service
Mr Cunninghan was a consientious, competant attorney and very professional. His service was excellent and we would recommend him highly. Barbara his assistance was also excellent in her services to us both. Lawrence, a Car Accident client

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