James P. McLarnon, Jr.

Director of Insurance Litigation & Coverage Group

Marlborough, Massachusetts (508)-756-6288 mclarnon@burnsandfarrey.com


Jay McLarnon serves as a director of the firm's Insurance Litigation & Coverage Group. He has developed a diverse and growing litigation practice that includes client representation in controversies involving insurance coverage disputes, construction defects, product liability, and all aspects of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, including the defense of insurers in “bad faith” actions. Attorney McLarnon counsels clients on coverage analysis and claims handling practices, assists clients in responding to M.G.L. Chapter 93A Demand Letters, and defends individuals and companies (both insureds and self-insureds) in litigation involving serious personal injury and substantial property damage.

Attorney McLarnon’s broad litigation experience includes practicing in the state and federal courts, representing clients at trials, as well as at hearings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and administrative bodies such as OSHA. In addition, he has drafted appellate briefs and presented arguments to appellate level courts. Attorney McLarnon is admitted in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where he honed his writing and research skills while on the Suffolk University Law Review. He obtained his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Awards, Recognition, and Affiliations

Professional Associations/Memberships

Worcester County Bar Association, Member

New Hampshire Bar Association, Member

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2023

Named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2020-2022

Named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2010, 2011

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Reported Cases

Pilgrim Insurance Company v. Molard, 73 Mass. App. Ct. 326 (2008)

Pilgrim Insurance Company v. Agostini, 2008 Mass. App. Div. 19 (2008)

Simone v. Dodridge, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1115 (2008)

Cheap v. Encompass Insurance Company, 2007 WL 4258625 (Mass. App. Div)

Baer v. Western World Insurance Company, 2000 WL 33171048 (Mass. Super.)

FSS Automatic Sprinkler Corp v. Tudor Ins. Co., 77 Mass. App. Ct. 1122, 2010 WL 3629579 (2010 unpublished disposition)

DiChiara v. RDM Technologies, 2009 WL 1351640 (D. Mass. 2009)

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Suffolk University Law School,
J.D. cum laude (1996)

Law Review: 
Suffolk University Law Review, 1995-1996

College of the Holy Cross,
B.A. in History (1993)



Construction Defect

General Liability

Insurance Litigation and Coverage Analysis

Insurer Bad Faith

Premises Liability

Product Liability


Massachusetts, 1996

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1997

New Hampshire, 2011

U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2011

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2016