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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been practicing law for 35 years. I love being a lawyer more than ever. I’m continuing to learn how to be a better attorney, and I never tire of helping people navigate a legal system where the insurance companies are looking out for themselves, not the injured person.

Making the law a non-intimidating process that works for my clients brings me both personal and professional meaning. It’s about how I take care of my clients. I do everything I can to help them have a full and speedy recovery. I make sure their medical bills and wage loss are paid. I do everything I can to ensure my clients are treated by the providers of their choice. I focus on creating a relationship with my clients where they can trust me and know their wellbeing is of utmost importance.

I am relationship driven. I value relationships for what I can learn from and give to them. My relationship with each client is important to me.

I provide the same personal service I would want if I hired an attorney. I return my clients’ calls promptly. I take the time to make sure I really answered their questions. When my clients leave my office, or we’re finished with a phone call, I make sure I’ve given meaningful answers and information.

When I was in law school, I interned for an extremely smart attorney. After we’d meet with his clients, they would often call and ask me to explain what their attorney had said. That was a major learning experience for me. Being a smart attorney is not enough. I need to be equally good at answering questions and providing information that makes sense to my clients — something we’re not taught in law school.

I am fortunate to work with Roy, Pat, Ashleah, Dean, and the rest of the legal professionals at Bridge City Law. We are a team. We talk about cases, changes in the law, and how to help solve our client’s issues and concerns on a daily basis. We strive to help each other do the best possible work for our clients. Being part of a dedicated team is wonderfully rewarding.

I take care of my client’s legal needs so they can focus on their health, family, and work.


Jim is dedicated to helping his clients navigate a complex legal system, so they can focus on what is most important — making a full and speedy recovery.

Jim’s first job was at his father’s law firm when he was in the 6th grade. He delivered legal documents to be filed at the courthouse, took mail to the post office, and made deposits to the bank. He did this all on the 10-speed bike he bought with the money he earned from working at his father’s firm.

In high school, Jim’s dad took him to legal seminars where his dad was often a speaker. He’d talk with Jim about his cases and trials – Jim often watched his dad in court. He always stressed the importance that the client comes first and all the steps an attorney can take to make sure that happens.

Jim graduated from law school in 1987 and started practicing with his father in 1988 in Eugene, Oregon. He took care of clients injured in cars, on motorcycles, on bikes, as pedestrians, and in stores.

Jim married his wife, Jan, in 1990. His first daughter, Caitlyn, was born in 1993, and his youngest daughter, Adair, was born in 1995.

In 1998, Jim and his family moved to Portland so his wife could help take care of her mother, who had Parkinson’s. Jim and his partner Dean have been working together since 1998.

Jim enjoys cooking — Paella is his signature dish, which he often prepares for non-profit events to help raise money for their organizations. He loves to travel with his wife. His two daughters are now in their mid 20’s. They both live in Portland and can often be found with their friends having dinner with Jim and his wife.

In 2015, Jim wrote and published a book for men called The Caged Truth. It looks at how men’s relationship with their significant other, children, parents, and work are powerful forces that not only bring out the best in them in being an equally positive force for those they love and care for.

Jim also has a website called Tipping-the-Scales.com, where he writes a blog to help attorneys find greater meaning in the practice of law through how they take care of their legal team, clients, and family.

Contact & Links
  • 610 SW Alder Street
    Suite 600
    Portland, OR 97205
  • English
  • Spanish
  • California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD), graduated 1987
  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science Degree in History, graduated 1984
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar , 1988
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association, 2002
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Oregon State Bar Association - Member
  • Washington State Bar Association - Member
  • Oregon State Bar Board of Delegates - Member
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • The Commons Law Center - Board Member
Court Admissions
  • US District Court for the District of Oregon - Admitted in 1995

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Special Focus:
  • Auto Accidents While at Work
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Claims Against Insurance Companies
  • Dog Bite Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents - DUI
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • Rear-End Collision Accidents
  • Rideshare / Lyft & Uber Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Texting/Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Uninsured Motorist Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • 2023 First Certified B Corp Personal Injury Law Firm in the World

  • 2022 Better Business Bureau Oregon Small Business of the Year

  • 2021 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics Finalist

  • 2020 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics Finalist

  • 2007 Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Volunteer of the Year


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