Assistant: Bernadette Pater
Jim is a commercial litigator who has served as lead counsel in state and federal courts in a wide range of business disputes, including breach of contract, specific performance, unfair competition, non-competition and non-solicitation, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, and common law and statutory consumer fraud claims. Jim has also litigated business divorces and has advised his clients on ways in which to structure their businesses so as to avoid and manage disputes that often arise in privately held companies.
In addition, he has served as lead counsel in individual and putative class action lawsuits involving claimed violations of state and federal laws affecting consumer lending, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Gramm Leach Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and state debt collection statutes. Jim has also counseled debt acquisition companies on the interpretation of and compliance with state and federal statutes affecting their collection activities.
Jim also has experience defending toxic tort claims, having managed the defense of hundreds of toxic tort claims pending in Madison County, Illinois and in St. Louis, Missouri on behalf of a Big Three automotive company.
He likewise has many years of experience defending traditional tort claims, including wrongful death, negligence, and product liability claims, as well as construction and mechanic’s lien claims.
In a prior life Jim was a Division I basketball player. Jim was a three year starter at Davidson College and served as team captain his senior year. He was also named to the all-conference freshman team and played in the NCAA tournament his senior year.