Jim is a veteran trial lawyer. Whether it's a bet-the-company case, shipping disaster or shareholder dispute, his extensive trial experience and accumulated knowledge give him the insight to efficiently sift through complicated facts and provide wise counsel in the thorniest of cases. Jim frequently advises governing boards and senior leadership regarding risks and resolution strategies in high-profile cases. His service as counsel to several corporations, and as a director and officer of non-profit boards, has further enhanced his ability to guide other clients and organizations. As chair of the firm’s litigation department, he pursues an efficient and collaborative approach to developing innovative solutions for his clients.
In 2013, Jim was appointed to serve on the governing board of Virginia Tech, currently serves as its Rector, and previously chaired the Finance and Audit Committee. Today, Virginia Tech is a leading research university with an annual budget of $1.4 billion, serving over 30,000 students. The University’s motto is Ut Prosim, Latin for “That I May Serve,” which Jim does with passion for both his alma mater and his clients.