James Foley

Adjunct Professor

James Foley


  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School


Mr. Foley is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the litigation group.  He practices extensively in the area of insurance, corporate and general litigation.  He has represented numerous corporations, insurance companies, insureds, agencies, financial institutions and individuals regarding insurance sales practices; insurance coverage, alleged violations of state insurance laws, covenants not to compete; ERISA; manufacturer-distributor disputes, contract claims and general business litigation. Prior to Vorys, Mr. Foley worked for the United States Department of Justice.

His career highlights include acting as primary litigation counsel for two insurance guaranty associations, successfully opposing class certification in class action cases, successfully negotiating favorable settlements in large class action cases, arguing multiple cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and briefing cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Foley is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association.  He is on the Legal Committee of The National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds and is the Chair of the Coordination of Litigation Subcommittee.  He serves as a Regional Editor for the Annotated Model Insurance Guaranty Act.  He was recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers in the area of Insurance Defense-Commercial law. He has been selected one of the “Top Lawyers in Columbus” by Columbus CEO Magazine. He was picked for the Best Lawyers in America publication in the area of commercial litigation. He has been a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation since 2005.

Mr. Foley co-authored the Ohio chapter of Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey (American Bar Association 2009).

He served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission from 1986 to 1993. He chaired The Upper Arlington Charter Review Committee from 1997 to 1999. He has been a member of the Catholic Social Services Board of Directors since 2004 and is currently the Chair of the Board.