Seeking Justice for His Clients for Over 40 Years
Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist

For over three decades, Florida personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has been aggressively representing clients who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others.

As the founder of the Orlando, Florida based Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., Jim has extensive experience representing individuals with catastrophic injuries, including personal injury and wrongful death cases. In particular, James’ experience covers the following types of injuries:

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Back & Neck Injury
  • Bicycle Accident
  • Boating Accident
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Injuries
  • Bus Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Construction Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Defective Products
  • Guardrail Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Rollover Accident
  • Slip & Fall
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Since 1977, James O. Cunningham has dedicated his professional life to ensuring that victims of personal injury accidents get the compensation they deserve. Oftentimes, the Florida legal process is complex and frustrating, so it is important to have an attorney like Mr. Cunningham on your side. After all, your main concern should be with getting the medical treatment and rehabilitation therapy needed to recover from your injuries as soon as possible. You should not have to worry about the legal process and negotiating with insurance companies.

The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. offers personalized legal representation and will work vigorously to hold negligent parties accountable, and seek justice and financial compensation on behalf of our clients.

With James as your attorney, you can rest assured that your legal claim is in good hands. Our credentials include:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, The Florida Bar, 1984 – present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1985 – present
  • Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as among the Bar Register of Preeminent Personal Injury Lawyers
  • A Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocated Forum, in recognition of the millions of dollars in compensation he has recovered for accident victims
  • Winner of the Avvo Clients Choice Award for Personal Injury
  • Member of Florida Super Lawyers, placing him in the top five percent of all Florida registered attorneys
  • Recognized by Law Dragon 3000 as one of the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, placing him in the elite one half of one percent of the nation’s legal profession

We accept cases on a contingency fee basis and offer convenient appointments. Unless you make a financial recovery, you pay no attorney fees or costs. If you or a loved one is the victim of a personal injury, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 407-425-2000 for a free initial consultation.

    Attorney Profile

    Attorney James O. Cunningham


    • Florida

    Admitted To The Bar:

    • 1977


    • Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A.B.S., 2003
    • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1977
    • Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business, M.S. Management, 1975
    • Florida State University, Marketing, 1973

    Professional Memberships and Achievements:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates (President Central Florida Chapter, 1996 and National Board of Directors, 1997-2004)
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2015
    • Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, 2015
    • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Member, National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Florida Justice Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Fellow of American College of Board Certified Attorneys
    • Adjunct Professor, Barry University College of Law

    Board Certifications:

    • Certified as Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar, 1984-Present
    • Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocates,1985- Present
    • Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012-Present

    Languages Spoken:

    • English
    • Spanish



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    Verdicts & Settlements

    • $4,500,000 Medical Malpractice Recovery
    • $3,750,000 Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery
    • $1,500,000 Recovery in Electrical Injury Case
    • $2,990,000 Recovery in Truck Accident Case
    • $900,000 Recovery in Motorcycle Accident Case
    • $300,000 Recovery in Dog Bite Case

    Client Reviews

    Mr. Cunningham took on a difficult case. I was in a car accident, run off the road by a phantom vehicle which sped out of site before I crashed. Unaware of internal injuries, I came away thinking I was basically all right; but when I realized I was not, I began seeking treatment. The insurance company worked with me initially, but then they started questioning everything. I wish I had sought legal advice immediately after the accident instead of waiting. Fortunately, a family friend referred me to Mr. Cunningham. Hiring him was the best decision I made! He had the understanding and expertise to handle this case. He was very candid about the level of difficulty it presented but also the chance it had for a good outcome. I had an excellent advocate in Mr. Cunningham, and he made sure I was well-informed throughout the process. I appreciate the professional demeanor and compassion exhibited by him and his wonderful staff. I am very satisfied with the settlement, as it was a lot more than I expected! I highly recommend him to others.


    I was lucky enough to find Mr. Cunningham online. Two years ago i was injured in a fall @ Universal Studios. I was on vacation at the time, and when I returned to Illinois I found out I needed to hire a lawyer in Fla.
    Mr. Cunningham was great ! He kept me informed, he called me back ASAP whenever I had a question. His staff was very helpful too.
    I was very pleased with the settlement I received and he worked hard to get it. He got me double of the initial offer !! I WOULD WORK WITH HIM AGAIN AND i WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO ASKS ME.


    When I had my accident I did not run out and get an attorney right away. It wasn't until my insurance company was making me feel uneasy that I turned to an attorney for advice. I already new the kind of attorney James Cunningham was he not only helped my sister but my son out when he had his motorcycle accident. I knew he was fair and honest and could be trusted. He goes way beyond the call of duty to make sure every person he represents gets treated fairly. If you ask him a question you get an answer back pretty quickly if not from himself from his assistant Barbra. Who by the way is TERRIFIC. If you want the best standing with you as you go through the process of your case put it in James Cunninghams hands. The outcome of my case was good and more than I expected. Oh and by the way he still thinks about you when your no longer his client my son still gets birthday cards from him and his case was settled many years ago.


    A year ago on spring break I was visiting Florida, my 1st day on vacation I was in a car accident. The driver that struck me did not have her drivers license (she was driving with a permit) and borrowed a friends car so she was an uninsured motorist. I spent my spring break medicated for pain and discomfort. When I got home to NY my husband went on the computer to find a lawyer to help me figure out my rights in this case. He came across a number of attorneys but Mr Cunningham was the one we chose. What a blessing it was to find him!! I did not have to go back to Florida for anything, Mr Cunningham handled it all for me. He wanted to fight for my rights to the end. He was great!! If your reading this and your not sure what to do I want to reassure you that Mr Cunningham is an extremely reliable and trustworthy attorney that has your back. You can count on him even if your out of state like me. I took a chance and it paid off when I put my trust in him.


    I was involved in a motor vehicle accident where the other driver ran a red light and my car was a total loss. I work at the Walt Disney World Claims Department and asked our attorney’s if they could refer me to a personal injury attorney. I was referred to James Cunningham due to the fact that our attorney’s have been very impressed with James Cunningham’s work. This fact turned out to be very true as Mr. Cunningham helped me win my case to a full and maximum settlement. James Cunningham and his staff were professional, personable and all worked in a timely manner via email and/or phone. I was so impressed with James Cunnigham and his staff that I have since referred three clients to The Law Office of James Cunningham and all have been impressed and very satisfied with the work and outcomes of their individual settlements. I will continue to refer anyone to Mr. Cunningham whenever necessary.


    A car turned in front of me causing me to spend 2 days in the hospital with surgery. They had only minimum coverage. My insurance even claimed I had no uninsured motorist coverage. I was sure I was in for a long battle. I had never stayed in the hospital, hired an attorney or met James before. Did some online searching and gave him a call. He was not in but called me back as soon as he heard I had called. After a short one on one he kept me informed all along threw phone, text and email. James came threw like a champ. I did have ample coverage and James won the maximum from both companies in less than 5 months. Best phone call I've ever made.


    We interviewed 3 different lawyers with similar ratings before we chose Mr. Cunningham. We are glad we did. I felt besides helping us with the needed funeral expenses for my father, he was honest, upfront, and of the highest ethics. Treating us and our situation with the dignity, responsiveness and professionalism my father deserved.


    I would certainly highly recommend James Cunningham. I am a Critical Care Nurse here in Orlando and was involved in a devastating car accident about a year ago. My situation was very complicated. I was at a new job and didn't have my health insurance active yet, and due to my own negligence had an overlap in my car insurance. This would be the worst possible time for me to be in car accident and i was. I was injured pretty badly and needed a lot of medical intervention. I stayed in the hospital, followed by a rehab facility for a month. My hospital bills were beyond ridiculous. when i spoke to Mr. Cunningham, he didn't promise me that he would be able to get my hospital bills paid, he simply told me that he would exhaust every and any available and unavailable resource to help me get out of my hole. Through out our journey he was persistent and relentless in fighting for me. In the end, not only did he get the hospital waive over $170,000 worth of bills, he also got my car replaced and i also received a financial settlement. This is by far more then i ever expected. I most definitely learned my lesson about the importance of having car insurance at all times. He helped me dodge a bullet on that one, my life could've went the opposite way, instead I'm back at work as a nurse and continuing with my life and for that I'm extremely grateful to Mr. Cunningham. He deserves an award or something. I would also like to thank Barbara for her kindness, and compassion. You'll get to know her, she is amazing.


    When my father was accidentally killed in August 2010 my family was devastated. The circumstances of the accident were almost as painful as the accident itself. A friend recommended that we contact Jim Cunningham for advice. For the next year, Jim represented us not only in a highly professional way but also in a very patient and compassionate way. He helped me grieve over my loss while meticulously researching and pursuing every aspect of our case. From the beginning, he prepared me and my family for the emotional stress that's involved in any kind of litigation. He responded immediately to my calls and/or emails and very patiently explained and re-explained what was happening. On those very few occasions when Jim was not immediately available, his outstanding assistant, Barbara, responded on his behalf. I very strongly recommend Jim Cunningham. He is an outstanding lawyer and a good, honest and compassionate man.


    Mr Cunninghan was a conscientious, competent 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.


    On Aug 14, 2009, I was injured when I was struck by another vehicle from behind while sitting at traffic light. Once I contacted Mr. Cunningham and his firm , I was treated with the utmost respect and concern . He was very meticulous in explaining the Florida law to me. He kept me well informed every step of the way. As I was going through my surgery , Mr. Cunningham called me the next day to check on how I was getting along, and continued to do so for several weeks after surgery and rehab. As the settlement started taking place he kept me in tune with what my options were. Mr. Cunningham and his staff were always very courteous and helpful. (Special THANKS to Barbara). From beginning to end the office of James Cunningham and Staff were EXCELLENT!!!! I would highly recommend James Cunningham for your attorney.


    When I came to James I was frightened and unsure what to do after my accident. It was wonderful to have someone take that burden off of me and begin the process of a settlement. He was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, professional and most of all "got the job done". If your looking for a lawyer that is fair, caring and will get you a settlement to your liking take time to see Mr. Cunningham before you go anywhere else. Believe me when I say, you won't need anyone else.


    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 definitely use Mr. Cunningham in the future if I ever need an attorney again.


    After my experience with 3 different, well known, heavily advertised attorneys, who promised me everything and delivered NOTHING, I finally found Attorney James Cunningham. My experience with him was quite the opposite as he promised nothing and delivered everything. His assistant Barbara is fabulous, intelligent, and warm which really made for a pleasant experience during the whole process. Attorney Cunningham always returned phone calls, he always did what he said that he would do, and in my opinion went to extra mile. I would like to add that I am a future law student and have had previous experience in the legal profession and I was impressed by his professionalism and attention. I didn't have a big money case, I didn't have a strong case, but nonetheless I was never made to feel that way. I strongly suggest that you choose James Cunningham to represent you, as soon as you think you might need a lawyer. You will be in good hands.


    I am an Engineering Manager for a company in Longwood, Florida and live in Deltona in Volusia County. I was rear-ended in April of 2005 and was injured due to the negligence of another driver who was in a big hurry. Mr. Cunningham helped me to obtain a fair settlement as a result of that accident.

    I was first referred to Mr. Cunningham by a good friend of mine at work. Everything my friend said about Mr. Cunningham was true. He was honest and straightforward and made me feel at ease from the moment that I first met him. He was concerned about my well being and seemed to genuinely care about me. I told him that I was a Christian and we both shared how much God was a part of our lives.

    Later I came back to Mr. Cunningham in June of 2006 after I was rear-ended again by yet another careless person in a hurry. This second accident resulted in me having neck surgery in 2007. Jim was caring and concerned throughout my recovery after the surgery. He was very patient and encouraging during the more than 18 months that it took to obtain an equitable settlement for this second accident.

    Then after I thought I was safe from ever being injured in a car again I was struck as a pedestrian in December of 2008. I again went back to Jim and he was astonished that I had been involved in yet another accident. As he works toward helping me with this most recent accident he has expressed the same genuine care and concern as he did the very first time that I had met him in 2005.

    I honestly didn’t have a very high opinion about lawyers until I met James Cunningham. I now consider him a respected and cherished friend and would highly recommend him to anyone that needs assistance from a lawyer.


    I had a car accident in Florida while on a family vacation.After returning to New York and seeking legal advise from two different lawyers,I was told that I didn't have a case,I spoke to my father who lived in Florida and he advised me to get a Lawyer who practices in Florida .I went online and found Mr. Cunningham who was very responsive to all my needs being first concerned that we were medically ok.He then moved forward with my suit getting me a very satisfied offer.I would strongly recommend Mr. Cunninghams firm to my family,friends and anyone else in need of legal advise and or legal representation.


    I was involved in an auto accident where my car was totaled and I was injured due to the fault of the other driver that had been drinking. I was scared & had no idea what to do. I was referred to Mr. Cunningham & he immediately put my mind at ease. He explained things to me in terms that I could understand. He gave me every possible scenario for each action he took and advised me what he thought was the best option. I ended up having back surgery and ultimately Mr. Cunningham won me the maximum settlement amount that I was eligible for. I was able to pay all of my medical expenses & had enough money left over to purchase a home for my son and I. I can honestly say that Jim Cunnungham is an attorney that truly cares. My case was settled over a year ago and he still calls or e-mails me just to see how I am. He didn't forget about me after the case was over. He is a great man & a great attorney & I highly recommend him.


    I am a teacher with the Osceola County School District and Mr. Cunningham handled my case very effectively. He was worked effectively with the insurance company to get a good settlement. He was very fast in answering all my questions and was efficient in communication, not bogging me down with many telephone calls.


    In July of 2002 I was seriously injured in an automobile accident through the fault of another driver. Even though my injuries were thought to be minimal, Jim agreed to represent me in my dealings with the various insurance companies. He was very careful to explain Florida law to me, and to keep my expectations realistic. Later on, it became clear that I was much more seriously injured than was previously thought. The new medical revelations were difficult to interpret and still more difficult to prove. Jim and his staff were always supportive, understanding and professionally competent. At no time did Jim urge me to make any representation which was vague, untrue or misleading. On the contrary, he insisted on the highest standards of honesty and fair play. On the other hand, no stone was left unturned, and come mediation, were were in a position on unimpeachable rectitude and thorough preparation. We prevailed at mediation with an award that was fair for all concerned. Much is made of personal injury attorneys and their negative impact on insurance premiums and the general cost of doing business. No doubt some of it is deserved, but not in Jim's case. Dealing with insurance companies requires the use of legitimate force, and Jim and his staff provide this in the time of your greatest need. We live in a land governed by the rule of law, and for this we should be grateful. We have good laws, and a good personal injury attorney like Jim is able to make sure they apply in your case.


    After being wrongfully bit in the face by a dog I was referred to Mr. Cunningham by a family member. Mr. Cunningham & staff treated me with utmost graciousness and sensitivity all while giving me a feeling of his dedication and urgency to resolve my conflict in a most positive manner! In this time of great anguish I was comforted to know that Mr. Cunningham and staff were on top of all legal matters. Thanks to his expertise and hard work these legal matters came to quick closure with a very positive outcome!!



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