JAMES HANKLEShareholder and Director at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.
Shareholder and Director at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.
Mr. Hankle is a Shareholder and Director of the firm, Chair of the Litigation Services Group and Co-Chair of the Cyber Security Services Group. His practice is concentrated solely in the area of litigation. He represents clients in complex litigation before federal and state courts, federal and state agencies, and international commercial arbitration panels. He represents national companies and local corporations in the defense of commercial transaction claims, intellectual property claims, mass toxic tort claims and product liability claims. For example, in 2010, Mr. Hankle picked a jury in the defense of an isocyanate toxic tort, fraud and conspiracy case filed nine years before involving 1,400 plaintiffs and estimated to be one of the largest civil law suits ever tried in the state of Alabama and, in 2018, successfully defended a $124 million international franchise arbitration claim, winning a counterclaim award. Mr. Hankle has also won multi-million dollar verdicts for personal injury and corporate clients, including a $7 million dollar jury verdict in 2018 on a crossclaim in a complex oil and gas class action case. In addition, Mr. Hankle has an extensive practice in the criminal defense arena, with a strong emphasis in the area of corporate white collar crime. Currently, Mr. Hankle is lead defense counsel for a national prescription drug distributor against public nuisance and related tort and statutory claims asserted in what is considered one of the most complex constellation of cases ever filed in a multi-district litigation matter, consolidated for pretrial proceedings and trial in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, No. 1:17-MD-2804 (N.D. Ohio), as well as in analogous state court actions in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.
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