Areas of Practice
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1975, Articles/Case and Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1971
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Chief Judge William B. Jones, US District Court, District of Columbia, 1975-1976
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia

James E. Rocap III

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8152
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

James Rocap is a respected litigator and adviser in complex insurance coverage disputes. For the past 35 years, he has represented major casualty and property insurers in disputes over coverage for claims arising out of asbestos, tobacco, silica, lead paint, high-decibel noise, dioxin, and environmental contamination. More recently, he has been centrally involved on behalf of insurers in coverage disputes over sports-related brain injury claims (concussions), large commercial property loss and business interruption claims, and physical and sexual abuse claims. Jim has also served as an arbitrator. 

Mr. Rocap chairs the firm's Public Service Committee, and generously dedicates time and talents to a number of pro bono initiatives. He acted as lead attorney in two separate representations of death row inmates, and regularly provides legal services to the homeless through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.  He also serves as treasurer for the Legal Clinic and as Board Chair of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Representative Matters

  • Serves as lead counsel for a major commercial liability insurer in NFL concussion coverage litigation
  • Achieved a favorable settlement as co-lead counsel for a major property insurer in litigation over a multimillion-dollar hospital business interruption and bad faith claim 
  • Represented Bermuda insurer successfully against a product liability coverage claim exceeding $100 million
  • Served as lead counsel for a major commercial liability insurer, successfully resolving a coverage dispute over copyright infringement claims in excess of $250 million
  • Tried an ADA discrimination claim to a favorable verdict on behalf of a deaf former inmate of the DC jail system

Noteworthy

  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide) and Insurance: Insurer (District of Columbia), 2010-2017
  • Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 US, Insurance: Advice to Insurers, 2012-2013, 2015-2017
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Insurance, 2008-2017
  • "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (DC), 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2008-2018
  • Washingtonian magazine, "Top Lawyer," Insurance, 2011
  • Best of the Best USA - America's Leading 25 Attorneys in Insurance and Reinsurance, 2009
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Insurance: Insurer Firms (Nationwide); Insurance: Insurer Firms (DC), 2008
  • Who's Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance, 2011-2012
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013)
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the Best of the Best USA (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)

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