Jim is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. He joined the firm as a business litigator in 1992 after his clerkship with the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
With a broad ranging litigation practice, Jim 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; he has represented and counseled clients on the defense and prosecution of claims related to business transactions, including claims involving corporate, partnership and other business entity control, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, commercial lending, commercial leases, and non-competition agreements.
As a member of the McNees Automotive Dealership practice, Jim represents automobile dealers in franchise disputes including relocation, new point, and termination cases.
Holding a long-time interest in pro bono service and in the delivery of legal services to the poor, Jim has served as Chair of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Public Service Committee since 1997. He also is a leader in three civil legal aid programs; Community Justice Project, MidPenn Legal Services, and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. He has dedicated numerous hours of pro bono legal advice to individuals and families in the central Pennsylvania community.
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
Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2005
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, since 2008
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, since 2011
Local Legal Leader, 2016
Select Lawyers, 2014
American Bar Foundation, Life Patron Fellow
Community Justice Project, President
Dauphin County Bar Association, Past President
Dauphin County Bar Association, Chair, Legal Services to the Public Committee
Dauphin County Bar Foundation, Board
Pennsylvania Bar PAC, Treasurer
Harrisburg Singers, Board
Lipsitt Inn of Court, Master
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
MidPenn Legal Services, President
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, President of the Board of Directors
Member: American, Pennsylvania, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Luzerne County Bar Associations.
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