Jim Tanella is a managing director in the outsourced claims service (Navigant PACE) practice. Since joining the firm in 1986, Jim has been involved in some of the most significant and complex litigations in U.S. history. He has advised on a variety of mass tort liability matters, including asbestos bodily injury and property damage, silica, tobacco, breast implants, and World Trade Center claims. Jim’s experience also includes a range of projects relating to environmental matters and information technology/management, including electronic discovery.
Jim’s primary focus is in the areas of claim processing and analysis, information management, technology, and insurance. For more than 30 years, Jim has worked extensively in the area of mass tort claims management, supervising teams that provide services ranging from data collection, processing, reporting, and analysis to due diligence reviews and claim audits. His work in the environmental area includes assisting with Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) cost allocations and document and information management projects relating to site remediation matters.
Most recently Jim led a team of professionals in assisting the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Co. (WTCC) with the administration of claims filed against the City of New York and approximately 150 contractors and subcontractors to the city involved in the cleanup at the World Trade Center site. Jim has worked for both policyholders and insurance carriers in significant coverage disputes.
During the 1980’s Jim was involved in the creation of the Asbestos Claims Facility (ACF), specifically with respect to the development of a unified claims database and the development of a claim processing operation. Later, Jim also provided consulting services to the Center for Claims Resolution (CCR) related to the start-up and ongoing management of the administrative functions of that organization.
In addition to his work for the ACF and CCR, Jim has worked with clients in large, multiparty engagements. Typically these engagements involve the centralization of data and information for the purpose of common defense. In these roles, Jim was responsible for addressing the needs of the group as well as the needs of the individual companies. The client needs ranged from data organization and analysis to the development of document management solutions.