After college, Jim proudly served for three years in the US Army as an artillery officer and helicopter pilot before attending law school. He practised for several years with a criminal defence firm, and for the past 35 years has specialised in litigating civil cases. Jim has been lead counsel in numerous large and complex lawsuits, including both multi-district and class-action cases, in a variety of state and federal trial courts, as well as in the context of private alternative dispute resolution. He has also argued numerous cases before both state and federal appellate courts.
Jim’s experience as a litigator has involved many interesting legal questions pertaining to treaties and international law, and the regulatory, tort, contract and criminal law of the United States, numerous states and many foreign jurisdictions. The subject matter of these cases often related to complex scientific and engineering issues arising in the context of mass disasters involving transportation accidents, fires, explosions and other mishaps, as well as disputes pertaining to contractual intent and alleged bad faith or fraud.
Jim is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and his advice is sought by many clients on issues related to loss prevention, contractual protections and litigation. He has been an instructor on legal subjects at the USC Aviation Safety Course. Jim has been designated as an Outstanding Advocate by the Public Council Law Center Children’s Rights Project and has been rated AV for many years by Martindale Hubbell.
Jim is admitted to practise in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, New York and California, numerous appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court.