Jim has spent his entire career representing lenders in negotiating and documenting complex commercial loan transactions of all types, including floor plan loans to auto and equipment dealers, and in handling troubled loan or “workout” situations inside and outside of bankruptcy. He also represents special servicers of CMBS (commercial mortgage backed securities) loans when those large commercial real estate loans go into default, as well as many commercial lenders in collecting money owed to them by borrowers. In addition, Jim represents borrowers in negotiating complex commercial loan transactions and assisting them in troubled loan or workout situations.

Jim is named in Best Lawyers® and has been named a Columbus, Ohio Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021, 2018 and 2016 in the area of Equipment Finance Law, in 2020 and 2022 in the area of Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, in 2019 in the area of Commercial Finance Law, and in 2017 and 2011 in the area of Banking and Finance. He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading lawyers in Ohio in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring and by Ohio Super Lawyers® in the area of Creditor/Debtor Rights.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law  (J.D., with honors, 1982)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.A., cum laude, 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, 2002-2009, Vice Chair 2005-2007; Chair 2007-2009; Bankruptcy and Professionalism Committees, Board of Governors, 1997-2001; Ad Hoc Committee studying Interim Report of Ohio Courts Futures Commission, Chair, 1999; Law School Liaison Committee, Chair, 1994-1996
  • Columbus Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Secured Transactions Subcommittee of Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee, Chair, 1991-1994; Ohio Supreme Court, Joint Commission on the Education of Lawyers, 1995-1996

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Ohio
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Equipment and Finance Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2016, 2018, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Commercial Finance Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Banking and Finance Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2011, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers


  • Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, Board of Directors 2012-2019 (President, 2014-2017)
  • Indian Run United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations (2013-2016; 2020-present)
  • Youth baseball and basketball coach, Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation, St. Andrew Catholic School, Dublin Youth Athletics and Big League Baseball School, (1983-1987; 1992-2007)