Jim is a partner working out of the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles offices, who has specialized in appellate law for more than 35 years. He is certified as a specialist in the area of Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Jim is a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is a member and former president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is a founding member of the Third Circuit Bar Association and served as its second president. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Appellate Courts and served as its chair. He served for three years on the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and is the former vice-chair of the Federal Bar Association's Appellate Law and Practice Committee. Jim has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2006-2016) and the Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice (2013, 2017), as one of Pennsylvania's and Southern California's "Super Lawyers" in Appellate Law, a Benchmark Appellate Star in Pennsylvania, an American Lawyer Media Southern California Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law, and for admission into the American Law Institute. Additionally, Jim has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
- Named as one of the Lawyers of the Year 2017 in the area of Appellate Practice.