Summary

Jim is a partner in Taft's Employment & Labor Relations and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice groups. He has represented businesses in complex employment and litigation matters for over three decades.

Jim has an innate ability to quickly hone in on the germane issues in complex legal problems and his commitment to efficiently resolving problems has earned him a national reputation with companies needing strategic legal advice. His clients regard him as a trusted partner and counselor in their success. According to one client, “Jim is down to earth, smart, and practical. He has a remarkable talent to quickly grasp complex issues and forge quick and practical resolutions. That is refreshing to me as the president of a multi-national company.”

Likewise, Jim is a seasoned, and respected trial lawyer, developing a remarkable record of success in trials throughout the United States. He is also a certified mediator. His advice, experience, and advocacy draw from many areas of law, including complex litigation, traditional labor law, intellectual property rights, international transactions, bullet-resistant armor, Uniform Commercial Code, theft of rare artifacts, probate matters, discrimination, and class action defense.

Jim is a past president of the Oakland County Bar Association and the recipient of many coveted awards including the Professionalism Award and the Leon Hubbard Community Service award for his tireless efforts related to diversity and inclusion. He is frequently invited to speak and serve on panels on employment law and other matters related to litigation and the practice of law. In addition, Jim is an advocate and author regarding mental health and dependency issues within the legal profession. 

Awards

  • Recipient, Bar Professionalism Award

  • Recipient, Leon Hubbard Community Service Award

All Service Areas

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • University of Arizona

    B.A., Honors Program

Admissions

  • State - Michigan
  • State - Texas
  • State - Pennsylvania

Notable Matters

  • A multimillion dollar resolution against a foreign entity for breach of warranties following over 18 months of trial in Federal Court
  • The successful defeat of myriad union organizational drives in Alaska, Texas, Boston, Detroit, Georgia, and Tennessee
  • The retrieval of a stolen, one-of-a-kind Louis C. Tiffany lamp completing a collection auctioned at Christie's Auction House

Speeches and Publications

Publications

  • Author, "Not-So-Fringe Benefits - What Employers Need to Know About Michigan's Evolving and Expanded Unemployment Benefits." DBusiness (April 12, 2020)
  • Author, "E-Discovery and the Business Lawyer," Michigan Business Law Journal (2007)
  • Author, How To Maneuver through Collective Bargaining and Avoiding Unfair Labor Practice (2013)
  • Author, Monthly “Presidents Page” article in Laches (Lawyers Periodical)

Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker on Employment Law at the 10,000 Small Business Initative in Detroit - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Governor Rick Snyder
  • Emcee, League of Women Judicial Candidates Forums
  • Lead Source, PBS Segment Regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • Keynote Speaker on Weight Discrimination Broadcasts, Articles, and Seminars
  • Moderator, Labor and Employment Breakout Section of Crain's General Counsel Summit
  • Presenter, Employment Law in The Digital Age
  • Frequent Lecturer on Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, Labor, Employment, and Litigation Matters
  • Keynote Speaker and Guest, Various Television and Radio Programs

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association

    Past President
    Sustaining Member

  • Oakland County Circuit Court

    Discovery Master and Case Evaluator

  • State Bar of Michigan

    Member
    Past Representative to the General Assembly

  • State Court Administrative Office

    Approved and Certified Mediator

  • American Bar Association

    Member

  • Oakland County Bar Foundation

    Fellow

  • State Bar of Texas

    Member

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

    Member

  • Elite Success Partners

    Member and Sponsor

Community Involvement

  • Winning Futures

    Current Advisory Board Member and Past Board Member
    Mentor

  • Generation of Promise

    Past Board Member

  • Village of Beverly Hills

    Past Member and Chair, Zoning and Strategic Planning Committees

  • Northbrook Presbyterian

    Past Head of Stewardship Committee