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Jim handles commercial litigation across a wide spectrum of substantive areas, focusing primarily on complex commercial and financial matters, class action defense and securities litigation.

Having attained a CPA certification and public accounting experience prior to law school has enabled Jim to address claims involving financial and accounting issues throughout his legal career. He regularly represents M&A participants and private equity firms in arbitrated post-closing purchase price disputes and litigated breach of representation and warranty matters. He additionally represents corporate and financial firms in litigation involving vendor financing agreements, automotive supplier contracts and software licensing agreements, and often handles cases requiring sophisticated damages analysis.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, 1987, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, 1981, B.A.

  • Colorado
  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana

  • Advisory Board Member, Holy Trinity High School
  • Past President and Board Member, Public Interest Law Initiative
  • Board Member, the Farther Foundation 
  • Admitted in New York and Illinois
  • Taught courses in introductory business law at the University of Illinois
  • Certified Public Accountant

Awards & Recognition

  • California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award, March 15, 2016
  • Access to Justice Award, ACLU of Southern California June 10, 2016
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Business Litigation, 2006, 2009-2021