James H. Cummings is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Mr. Cummings represents clients in a variety of litigation matters in the state and federal courts, with practice areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, creditor’s rights, trust and probate litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, and insurance-related litigation.
Mr. Cummings has successfully litigated cases through the trial court and appellate levels, and his published decisions include Morey v. EverBank, 93 So. 3d 482 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012), and Fort Plantation Inv. v. Ironstone Bank, 85 So. 3d 1169 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012), both of which have helped shape Florida’s legal landscape in areas including contract law, insurance law, and trust and estate law.
Mr. Cummings received his B.S. degree in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2002. He earned his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2006, where he was a Staff Editor of the Law Review. In 2005, Mr. Cummings’ case note, “You’re Telling Me? Federalism and the Assisted Suicide Debate: Gonzales v. Oregon,” was published by the Florida Coastal Law Journal. Additionally, Mr. Cummings was a Governor’s Scholar, a Dean’s Scholar and recipient of several book awards. In 2006, The Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section awarded Mr. Cummings an award in The 2006 Dean Frank E. Maloney Memorial Writing Contest for his article entitled “Barefoot in the Dark: Is the Sunshine State Sleeping on Public Rights to Beach Access?” Mr. Cummings was named a Florida Rising Star in 2012 through 2017 and a Barrister of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court in 2013 through 2016. Mr. Cummings is also a Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator.
Mr. Cummings is a member of The Florida Bar, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association.