Profile

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.

EDUCATION

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

HONORS/AWARDS

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

MEMBERSHIPS

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.

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

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

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania