Representative Matters

James Wyman is an experienced appellate practitioner who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice.

James has served as lead appellate counsel in hundreds of cases at both the state and federal levels, and has appeared before all five Florida district courts of appeal as well as the Florida Supreme Court. He has also handled appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, and has briefed a number of cases to the Supreme Court of the United States. James oversees a wide range of appellate matters that encompass the breadth of civil law, including administrative law, commercial law, family law, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, labor law, employment law, bankruptcy, probate and trusts law, products liability, personal injury, real estate and foreclosure, and workers’ compensation cases. As part of his appellate practice, James provides briefing, analysis, and other strategic support to the firm's trial-level litigators.

Save for a short break in 2009, James has been with Hinshaw since April 2005. He was previously an associate for two years with the Miami firm of Hicks & Kneale, P.A., where he first began to concentrate solely on appeals. Prior to that, he was a commercial litigation associate for a year with Jorden Burt LLP and for three years with Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Upon graduation from law school, James was a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald B. Cope, Jr., at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.

James graduated 10th in his law school class. In addition to his other honors, he received Book Awards for contracts, legal writing, administrative law, employment law and environmental law.

He also received the 1997 College of Law Academic Leadership Award. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi and Seminole Torchbearers, and was an Ausley Scholar. Additionally, during law school, James was the legal research assistant to the late Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, the president of Florida State University and former president of the American Bar Association.

As an undergraduate, James received the Outstanding Graduate Award and was a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society and Arts & Sciences honor Society. He appeared in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.

Professional Affiliations

  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Thomas v. Bradshaw, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 3272 (11th Cir. Feb. 4, 2022)
  • Sierra Auto Ctr. v. Granada Ins. Co., 317 So. 3d 1220 (Fla. 3d DCA 2021)
  • P&G Trucking of Brandon, Inc. v. Riverland Hedging & Topping, Inc., 301 So. 3d 294 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020)
  • Mid-Continent Cas. Co. v. JWN Constr., Inc., 823 F. App'x 923 (11th Cir. 2020)
  • Mid-Continent Cas. Co. v. Arpin & Sons, LLC, 824 F. App'x 644 (11th Cir. 2020)
  • City of Florida City v. Pub. Risk Mgmt. of Fla., 307 So. 3d 135 (Fla. 3d DCA 2020)
  • StarStone Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Polynesian Inn, LLC, 815 F. App'x 431 (11th Cir. 2020)
  • Mid-Continent Cas. Co. v. Adams Homes of NW Fla. Inc., 809 F. App'x 719 (11th Cir. 2020)
  • Arzoumanian v. U.S. Bank Nat'l Ass'n, 293 So. 3d 6 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020)
  • Jiménez v. Granada Ins. Co., 272 So. 3d 517 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)
  • Hughes v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 264 So. 3d 1053 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)
  • Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co. v. Viteri, 264 So. 3d 963 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019)
  • Giraldo v. Miami Dade College, 739 F. App'x 572 (11th Cir. 2018) 
  • Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa v. Farber, 230 So. 3d 146 (1st DCA 2017)
  • Highland Holdings, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 687 F. App'x 819 (11th Cir. 2017)
  • Germer v. Churchill Downs Mgmt., 201 So. 3d 721 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
  • Mid-Continent Cas. Co. v. Royal Crane, LLC, 169 So. 3d 174 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)
  • GMAC Mortg., LLC v. Whiddon, 164 So. 3d 97 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015)
  • Van Exter v. Diodonet-Molina, 152 So. 3d 699 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Hillstone Rest. Grp., Inc. v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc., 144 So. 3d 679 (Fla. 3d DCA. 2014)
  • Abella v. Montenay Power Corp., 138 So. 3d 490 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • 1500 Coral Towers Condo. Ass'n v. Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp., 112 So. 3d 541 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
  • Gorham v. Zachry Indus., Inc., 105 So. 3d 629 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
  • SNP Boat Serv. S.A. v. Hotel Le St. James, 483 B.R. 776 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Valdes v. Miami Dade College, 463 F. App'x 843 (11th Cir. 2012)
  • Novastar Mortg., Inc. v. Bucknor, 69 So. 3d 959 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011)
  • Myers v. TooJay's Mgmt. Corp., 640 F.3d 1278 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • Crusselle v. Mong, 59 So. 3d 1178 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011)
  • Jenkins v. McPub, LLC, 39 So. 3d 549 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010)
  • Capitol Envtl. Servs., Inc. v. Earth Tech, Inc., 25 So. 3d 593 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)
  • Brookins v. Ford Credit Titling Trust, 993 So. 2d 178 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
  • Lee v. Oceans Casino Cruises, Inc., 983 So. 2d 791 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Rana v. Thomas, 983 So. 2d 745 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Norkunas v. State Bldg. Com'n, 982 So. 2d 1227 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)
  • Cantel Homes, Inc. v. NGRJ, Inc., 979 So. 2d 1208 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)
  • Sbory v. American Optical Corp., 958 So. 2d 474 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • District Bd. Of Trustees Of Broward Cmty. Coll. v. Caldwell, 959 So. 2d 767 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • Hammond v. DSY Developers, LLC, 951 So. 2d 985 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Rouse-Miami v. Bentley's Luggage Corp., 948 So.2d 928 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Bethel v. Security Nat'l Ins. Co., 949 So.2d 219 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)
  • Matar v. Florida Int'l Univ., 944 So. 2d 1153 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)
  • BMW of North America, LLC v. La Rotta, 935 So. 2d 1278 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)
  • Taylor v. Labor Finders, 928 So. 2d 435 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006)
  • BMW of North America, LLC v. La Rotta, 921 So. 2d 702 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)
  • Lamar v. RLI Ins. Co., 905 So. 2d 157 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005)
  • Thomas v. OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, Inc., 889 So. 2d 971 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • LaRiviere v. South Broward Hosp. Dist., 889 So. 2d 972 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • Century Sur. Co. v. Indemnity Ins. Co. of North America, 879 So. 2d 1251 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)
  • Ingraham v. Travelers Indemn. Co., 875 So. 2d 667 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)
  • Marin v. Dealer Network Ass'n, Inc., 870 So. 2d 857 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)
  • Rosenthal v. Roth, 816 So. 2d 667 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Cuiksa v. Cuiksa, 777 So. 2d 419 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000)


  • Co-Author, "Appellate Win Provides Needed Clarity on Sublimited Insurance Coverage,"'s Insurance Coverage Law Center, July 7, 2020
  • "Reconsideration or Rehearing: Is There a Difference?," Florida Bar Journal, June 2009
  • "Vengeance is Whose? The Death Penalty and Cultural Relativism in International Law," Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 1997
  • "Freeing the Law: Case Reporter Copyright and the Universal Citation System," Florida State University Law Review, 1996

Media Mentions

Community/Civic Activities

  • Pro bono appellate work on behalf of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence


J.D., magna cum laude, Florida State University College of Law, 1997

  • Editor-in-Chief, Florida State University Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

B.A., English Literature, University of South Florida at Sarasota, 1994