Monday, April 6, 2009

James Wilson Greene Lawyer

James Wilson Greene, 68, who practiced law in Washington for almost 25 years and was past president of the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association, died March 31 of pneumonia and heart ailments at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in the District.

Mr. Greene came to Washington in 1980 and specialized in insurance matters, defending insurance companies in a variety of environmental, medical and other matters.

He was a longtime member of the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association and was treasurer and vice president before serving as president in 1991 and 1992. The association voted him Defense Lawyer of the Year in 1999. He was also a member of the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.

Mr. Greene was born in Buffalo and graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1961. He was active with the Amherst Alumni Association of Washington and was president and secretary of his class in recent years.

He graduated from law school at the University of Michigan in 1964 and practiced law in Buffalo before moving to Washington. He was a business-law lecturer at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1973 to 1978.

After coming to Washington, Mr. Greene was a partner at Bromley, Greene & Walsh and its predecessors from 1980 to 1998. From 1998 until his retirement in 2004, he was at the firm of Thompson, O'Donnell.

Mr. Greene was a skilled home renovator and volunteered from 1988 to 2004 with Christmas in April (now called Rebuilding Together), a service organization to renovate housing for the poor. He helped select houses of low-income residents for renovation and assisted in the construction work.

His marriage to Susan Reid Greene ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Marjorie Reed Greene of Washington; a son from his first marriage, Timothy T. Greene of Nashville; a sister; a brother; and two grandsons.

-- Matt Schudel

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