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Elaine Johnson James

Elaine Johnson James is Of Counsel to the Firm. In addition to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Elaine handles complex commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts for the Firm’s clients.
Elaine has more than 35 years of experience as a trial and appellate advocate for individuals, Fortune 100 companies, corporations, national and local real estate developers, governmental entities and non-profit corporations in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.   Elaine is certified as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and has served as outside general counsel to a municipal housing authority for twenty years. Moreover, having practiced family law for many years, Elaine is adept in adoptions, dissolutions, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Elaine taught socially maladjusted and learning disabled youths in a New York City public school and adults in the city and state university systems of New York.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Development
  • Arbitration
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil
  • Liberties Law Review
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, Teachers
  • College of Columbia University
  • B.A. in American Studies, Barnard College

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh
  • Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. District Courts, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)


  • Everything was handled so well and felt so easy, although I know it’s not an easy process. From the very beginning Ricky gave me everything I needed with regards to insurance information and getting help from a chiropractor. Ricky made it a point to check in on me periodically and keep me posted on the progress of the case. I was very happy with the resolution. When anyone asks me if I know a lawyer I give them Ricky’s name. Thank you so much!

    Cassandra N.
  • I heard about Ricky through a friend. When I first got his number, I called right away and he was very helpful the whole time. If I had to give him a rating from 1 to 100, I would give him 100! Rick was very respectful, someone that is easy to talk to and relate to. I didn’t have to call, he always kept me informed and everything was right on. I highly recommend him. I feel grateful.

    Temecia O.
  • I was referred to Ricky Armand through a mutual acquaintance. I was overly happy with the resolution. Ricky was always easy to reach and he answered all my questions. As far as the case, I feel it was handled very well. I would definitely refer him to someone else, it was high quality work. I can’t think of anything that could have been improved upon. Ricky and everyone at the firm treated me top rate right from the start.

    Ralph B.
  • Attorney LeRonnie Mason took the time to sit with me and give a complete explanation of all my options. It was a stressful time and I felt overwhelmed. LeRonnie served as my advocate and helped to ease the pain of a very traumatic experience. His care and concern and his skill in the courtroom are unmatched.

    Jennifer G.

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