James F. Mahoney, Attorney

Trucking Attorney

DOT Audits. If your company has experienced an FMCSA-DOT field or desk audit and your safety rating is at risk, Jim Mahoney can help you avoid a downgrade of your safety rating and a threat to your business.



  • Active litigation practice
  • Claims management
  • Insurance coverage
  • Alternative risk transfer mechanisms
  • Cargo loss litigation
  • Transportation operations consulting
Expert Consultant

Jim Mahoney concentrates his practice in the Trucking and Transportation Industry. He is an attorney and expert consultant/witness, with a significant number of well-known and terrific large and small transportation clients. Jim offers expertise in: FMCSA regulatory compliance; trucking operations; transport risk management; litigation management including spoliation and document retention protocols; freight brokerage and 3PL operations and exposure; international and cross-border injury and cargo claims; trucking and freight broker insurance including captives, RRGs, high retentions and collateral; owner-operator issues; trucking Workers' Comp and property loss.

Experienced Litigator

Jim has significant litigation experience with over 50 jury verdicts, and an incalculable number of successful case resolutions through trial, motion practice, mediation and arbitration. As you know, money is just one variable in ending a claim or lawsuit. It’s as much about the approach, efficient and strong, that clears up the open-ended loss.

Jim’s litigation expertise, however, is not limited to trucking accidents. His career highlights include litigated cases from premises liability to product liability, and from cargo losses contracts.

Complete curriculum vitae available


Areas of Expertise
Extensive litigation experience, with approximately 50 first chair verdicts, and numerous trials; active license in Arizona, New York and New Jersey, state and federal courts; truck and auto liability, general liability, product liability, dram shop liability, Carmack Amendment and international cargo; Workers’ Comp litigation. Proven ability to reduce insurance and claim expense without compromise to quality.

James F Mahoney PLC
Counsel, Litigation and Operational Consultant

Across a broad range of the best transportation clients, offer creative and practical solutions to limit risk through transactional work, litigation, management consultation, including reserve forecasting, alternative insurance products, insurance collateral efficiencies, DOT -FMCSA regulatory compliance.

Clients include: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, USXpress Enterprises, Central Freight Lines, Certified Freight Lines, Aon Insurance Brokers, Arizona Department of Insurance, Faye Stewart Transportation, Rhodes Transportation, V&P Nurseries, Yellow Freight (YRC Worldwide), Stage Call Transportation, Moving Performance, Gallagher Bassett, On Time Express, Select 1 Transportation, Precision One Group, among others.

Swift Transportation Co. Inc.
Vice President, Counsel

Created and executed a multi-year business plan to restore integrity and limit the growth of risk expense through a nationwide rollout of superior litigation and claim management, reserve forecasting, alternative insurance products, collateral efficiencies and regulatory compliance.

St Paul Companies (now Travelers) Phoenix, AZ
Managing Attorney, Arizona Branch; West Region Consultant

Responsible for growth and profitability of Arizona office of attorneys representing the interests of The St. Paul and its insured clients. Created “first response” team for catastrophic occurrences across 13 western states. Litigation and management through trial and appeal of a wide variety of tort cases involving motor vehicle collisions, general liability, construction and product liability claims.

Litigation Counsel, Lewis and Roca, Esqs. Phoenix, AZ
Of Counsel litigator to this major Phoenix law firm. Insurance and varied tort issues.

Litigation Counsel, The PMA Group PA, NJ and NY
Developed in-house litigation department for niche commercial insurer; full and active caseload of a variety of litigated matters through trial and appeal across tri-state.

Litigation Associate and Licensed Work Comp Board Representative
Levidow Oberman, Esqs. New York, NY
Litigation of injury claims, plaintiffs and defendants (primarily motor carriers and transportation-related clientele); Licensed Work Comp representative in State of NY.

Education & Professional Affiliations

Licensed Attorney: Arizona, New York, New Jersey

New York Law School, New York, N.Y.   J.D.
Fordham University, New York, N.Y.   B.A.
Fordham Prep School, Bronx, N.Y.
US Law Group, panelist-speaker
Defense Research Institute, panelist-speaker
Trucking Industry Defense Association, panelist-speaker
American Bar Association, panelist - speaker
American Trucking Associations, General Counsel Conferences, panelist-speaker
Arizona Captive Insurance Association, panelist- speaker
Arizona Trucking Association, Member and speaker
Member, Board of Directors, Swift Transportation’s Captive Insurance Companies