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Since joining Reed Smith, Jim has developed a diverse practice involving a broad range of commercial, industrial and energy-related litigation and transactional matters. His practice regularly involves all aspects of project counsel work for private and public commercial and industrial construction projects.


  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1992, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of Notre Dame, 1989, B.A., Economics, magna cum laude

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

  • ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Construction Law Section – Council Member (elected three year term)
  • American Inns of Court
  • Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera – Corporate Counsel

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Construction Law, 2020-2024
  • Selected through peer review as Fellow for inclusion in The Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2020