Jim has more than 40 years of experience at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Jim’s practice involves a broad range of cases from complex commercial disputes to professional negligence cases. He primarily focuses his practice on the defense of physicians hospitals and nursing homes, commercial litigation and product liability.

Jim’s clients include hospitals, physicians and nursing homes as well as businesses and companies in various industries. Jim has extensive jury trial experience and has tried over one hundred and twenty-five cases to verdict. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial practice at The Ohio State University College of Law, and has lectured extensively in many fields of civil litigation.

He has been listed in Best Lawyers® every year since 1987. Jim is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and was listed as among the Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers® in 2004 and Top 50 Columbus area Super Lawyers in 2004 and 2006. Jim is listed as one of only five Ohio lawyers in International Who's Who of Product Liability Lawyers. In addition, Jim was national president of the Defense Research Institute, in 1994. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is currently on the National Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law  (J.D., 1971)
  • Northwestern University  (B.A., 1967)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Past President
  • Defense Research Institute, Past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors; Ohio Chapter, Past President
  • Columbus Defense Association, Past President
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Past Board of Directors
  • International Society of Barristers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers®, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers,” 2006
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers,” 2004
  • Columbus Monthly, "The Top Lawyers in Columbus," 1997 
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Lawyers, one of five Ohio lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent