Name: James W. Semple
Firm Name: Cooch and Taylor, P.A
Jurisdiction: USA - Delaware
Practice Area: Dispute Resolution Law

Telephone: 302.984.3842
Fax: 302.984.3939

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses James W. Semple as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Delaware, USA. If you wish to get in touch with James please use the contact information provided above.

Mr.Semple has more than 45 years of experience assessing and resolving complex business disputes in a broad range of contexts.  As a charter member of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and an ABA-trained mediator for the Delaware Superior Court, Jim has tried, mediated, arbitrated, and advocated in hundreds of legal and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

He has represented clients in jury and bench trials in virtually every type of business dispute before the Federal District Court, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery.  He represents clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 50 corporations in major complex commercial litigation cases, contract disputes, advancement disputes, employment and non-compete agreement disputes, complex tort cases, and complex insurance coverage actions.

Recent Representations

Lead counsel for an insurer on a claim by an insured who was a licensee of a software licensor who had breached the license agreement and whose continued unauthorized use of the software was a copyright infringement.  Obtained summary judgment for the insurer because the claims, under a claims first made policy, related to wrongful acts that took place prior to the policy’s inception, and because the insured did not disclose prior identical claims with the licensor when it applied for the policy.  Argued and won the appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court.

Delaware counsel to a non-Delaware law firm in defending claims asserted by a former bankruptcy trustee also appointed as the trustee of an estate litigation trust and a private actions trust arising from the failure of a real estate investment entity

Delaware counsel to an excess fidelity bond and director and officers’ liability insurer of a fund sued for losses arising from the Madoff fraud.

Delaware counsel to an excess liability insurer of companies sued for asbestos liabilities.

Delaware counsel to an excess liability insurer in a Delaware declaratory judgment action where a principal issue was whether the more than $150 million in settlement amounts arising from state statutory claims constitute a penalty within the definition of Loss under the policy.

Delaware counsel to a large company sued by foreign plaintiffs for birth defects to their children arising from allegedly improper use of pesticides in a foreign country.


Delaware, 1974

District of Columbia

United States District Court, District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


Villanova University School of Law, J.D.

St. Joseph University, B.A.


Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, Board of Bar Examiners, Past Member; Board on Professional Responsibility, Past Member

Supreme Court of the State of Delaware

Superior Court of the State of Delaware, New Castle County, Liaison Counsel

District of Columbia Bar Association

American Bar Association

The American Board of Trial Advocates, Delaware Chapter, Charter Member

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Delaware State Bar Association, Former Member of Executive Committee; Founding Chair of Torts and Insurance Practice Section

Defense Counsel of Delaware, Founding President

Honors and Awards

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Andrew C. Hecker Award for Legal Writing (1996, 2002)

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2014

Best Lawyers®, 2009-2021

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating; highest 5.0 rating

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Regulatory Framework: UPL and Ethical Issues Arising from Legal Services Provided by In House Counsel and Paralegals,” DuPont Legal Department Seminar, February 20, 2008, Wilmington, Delaware.

Speaker, “The Ethical Rules Addressing the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Foreign and In-House Lawyers,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December 4, 2008, Wilmington. Delaware.

Speaker, “The Ethical Rules Addressing the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Foreign and In-House Lawyers,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December 1, 2009, Wilmington. Delaware,

Speaker, “A Review of Ethics Opinions & Developments,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December, 2010 to 2012, 2014 – present, Wilmington. Delaware.

Panelist, “Managing Court Cases on a Day to Day Basis,” June 19, 2015, ABOTA Bifferato Seminar, Wilmington, DE.

Firm Description:

Cooch and Taylor, P.A., one of Wilmington’s older and most respected law firms, was founded in 1960. Throughout its distinguished history, the firm has assisted a wide variety of clients in both transactional and litigation matters. Today, the firm’s primary focus is on assisting and serve clients in complex or bet-the-company cases.