Profile

Jim is a member of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He 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.

Jim’s practice includes the following areas:

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Corporate and Entity Control Disputes
  • Financial Services and Creditor Rights
  • Franchising, particularly Automotive Dealership Franchising

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.

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 the leader in three civil legal aid programs: Community Justice Project, MidPenn Legal Services, and 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 Life Patron 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 Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar PAC. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Luzerne County Bar Associations.

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

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, McNees Wallace & Nurick, 2009

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, 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

MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Foundation

  • Life Patron Fellow

Community Justice Project

  • President
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association appointed Board Member

Cumberland County Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

  • President, 2010
  • Chair, Dauphin County Bar Association Legal Services to the Public Committee, 1997-Present

Dauphin County Bar Foundation Board

Lipsitt Inn of Court, Master

Luzerne County Bar Association

MidPenn Legal Services

  • Immediate Past President
  • Board Governance Committee Chair
  • Dauphin County Bar Association appointed Board Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Legal Services to the Public Committee, Co-Chair, 2003
  • House of Delegates
  • Planning Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association PAC

  • Treasurer

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Member

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

  • President Emeritas
  • PA Bar Association appointed Board Member

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