Jim joined the firm as a business litigator in 1992 after a clerkship with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He handles litigation projects in state and federal court, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation.
As a business litigator, Jim represents clients of the firm in all forms of transactional disputes including defense and prosecution of claims related to business transactions, claims involving corporate, partnership, and other business entity control, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, commercial lending, commercial leases, and non-competition agreements. He represents automobile dealers in franchise disputes including relocation, new point, and termination cases.
As General Counsel to McNees, Jim advises the firm on ethics, conflicts, and loss prevention. He also serves as in-house counsel on professional and other litigation against the firm and its professionals.
Jim has a long-time interest in pro bono service and in the delivery of legal services to disadvantaged populations. He has dedicated numerous hours of pro bono legal advice to individuals and families in the central Pennsylvania community, has served as the firm’s pro bono advisor for many years, and is currently on the firm’s pro bono committee. Jim has served as Chair of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Public Service Committee since 1997 and is: President of the Community Justice Project, President of MidPenn Legal Services, and a Past-President of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.
Jim graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a BA degree in 1988, and the Dickinson School of Law (JD) in 1991, where he was a member of the Dickinson Law Review, Appellate Moot Court Board, and Woolsack Honor Society. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Peter Paul Olszewski, Pennsylvania Superior Court from 1991¬1992. Jim was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, since 2008, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2011. Among many other professional positions, Jim is a Benefactor Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, past President of the Dauphin County Bar Association, a board member of the Dauphin County Bar Foundation, a Master in the Lipsitt Inn of Court, and Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar PAC. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Luzerne County Bar Associations.
Temple University, BA, 1988, magna cum laude,
The Dickinson School of Law, JD, 1991, Dickinson Law Review, Appellate Moot Court Board, Woolsack Honor Society
Law Clerk to Hon. Peter Paul Olszewski, Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1991-1992
MidPenn Legal Services, Donald F. Smith Pro Bono Award, 2022
Pennsylvania Bar Association Jeffrey A. Ernico Award, 2017
Local Legal Leaders, 2016
Select Lawyers, 2014
Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Award, 2013
Legal Intelligencer Unsung Hero, 2012
Litigation Counsel of America, 2011-present
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2011-present
Gary Yenkowski Award, 2009
Best Lawyers in America, 2008-present
Service Beyond Self Award, Harrisburg Rotary Club, 2005
Legal Intelligencer Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2005
Dauphin County Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2001, 2017
Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2000
Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court