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James C. Polkinghorn



Jim is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office and Deputy General Counsel to Fisher Phillips, serving primarily as the firm’s Ethics Counsel.  With many years of complex litigation and trial experience-- having tried more than 30 cases to juries throughout Florida and elsewhere in the United States-- Jim also consults with firm lawyers on litigation and trial strategy.

He is also a certified mediator, which gives him a practical perspective on litigation strategy. Jim is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009.

He was also included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders and the 2015 and 2016 edition of Super Lawyers Florida.  Furthermore, Jim was nominated by Corporate Counsel to the BTI Client Services All-Stars 2015.



  • Thousand Member Class Action Dismissed on Appeal of Certification Order
  • State Trial Judge Grants Directed Verdict for Defendant at Close of Plaintiff’s Evidence in Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Trial
  • Arbitrator Rules in Favor of International Media Company in Contract Dispute with Company Founder

Reported Cases

  • Dingman v. Delta Health Group, 26 F. Supp. 2d 1349 (S.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Wilde v. Florida Pneumatic Mtg. Co., 941 F. Supp. 1203 (S.D. Fla. 1996) 

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2021)
  • Included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders
  • Listed in the Florida Super Lawyers (2015-present)

Professional Activities

Jim is active in the Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections of the ABA. He also actively participates in professional mediator organizations.

Community Activities

Jim is a Life Member of the University of Florida Alumni Association and actively participates in the organization's activities. He is also an active member of Gator Boosters of Key West and the Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni Association.


Seminars & Speaking Engagements


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