James D. Chiafullo


Jim is a trusted advisor who brings a “total client approach” to his practice. His firsthand experience working as in-house counsel for a large corporation gives him the practical knowledge necessary to handle any type of commercial transaction. Jim concentrates in the areas of finance, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, construction law, antitrust, securities, contract drafting and negotiation, commercial and real estate law, and franchise law.

He represents clients that cover a host of industries including banking, construction, real estate, health care, manufacturing, media, engineering, and franchising. His clients describe him as “creative and committed,” and know they always have their best interest clearly in focus to find not only the legal solution but the practical solution.

The transactions he has handled during his career have been as varied as the clients he has represented.

Jim’s experience includes serving as counsel to a bank in a structured financing transaction for the gaming industry and as counsel for the purchaser of a computer service company. In addition, he has been and continues to serve as general counsel for various companies, handling their mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions and general corporate and securities counseling. He has also served in the roles of custodian and special master appointed by the court in matters involving disputes among stakeholders.

Jim is frequently asked to lecture and write articles for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) in the areas of corporate, finance, and franchise law.

He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas


  • J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh


  • Former Member (6 years), Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Board Member Emeritus, Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA
  • Board Member, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the corporate governance needs of corporate boards and individual board members
  • Chairman Emeritus and Founding Chairman, Three Rivers Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2024-Present)
  • Chambers and Partners, Banking and Finance (2010)


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