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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, 法学博士, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, 1981, 学士

  • 科罗拉多州
  • 伊利诺伊州

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • 联邦地区法院 – 纽约南部地区
  • 美国纽约东区联邦地区法院
  • 联邦地区法院-伊利诺伊州北区
  • 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


  • 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, 2009-2020