Overview

Jim, chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group, has spent his entire career representing lenders in negotiating and documenting complex commercial loan transactions and in handling troubled loan or “workout” situations both 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 The Best Lawyers in America® and has been named a Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 in the area of Commercial Finance Law, in 2011 and 2017 in the area of Banking and Finance, and 2016 and 2018 in the area of Equipment 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.

Education

  • 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

  • Best Lawyers®, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2020
  • Best Lawyers®, Commercial Finance Law, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2019
  • Best Lawyers®, Equipment and Finance Law, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016, 2018
  • Best Lawyers®, Banking and Finance Law, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2011, 2017
  • Best Lawyers®, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Equipment Finance Law, and Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Ohio

Community

  • Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, Board of Directors 2012-2019 (President, 2014-2017)
  • Indian Run United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations (2013-2016)
  • Youth baseball and basketball coach, Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation, St. Andrew Catholic School, Dublin Youth Athletics and Big League Baseball School, (1983-87;1992-2007)