Jim understands that relationships matter. Jim’s long-standing relationships within the design community are the reason he continues to practice today.

Over the past 40+ years, Jim has developed a reputation among design professionals and lawyers alike as a tenacious and successful advocate in the courtroom. With dozens of trials and arbitrations under his belt, Jim brings his experience from the courtroom to the boardroom when counseling his clients on corporate transactional matters.

While he continues to provide strategic and tactical input on litigation matters, Jim currently focuses his practice on the business-side of operating a design firm, including corporate formation and governance, insurance and risk management related issues, and successful transition planning. Jim’s passion is for helping design firms transition corporate ownership and leadership from one generation to the next, and he is called upon by design firms of all types and sizes to assist with their transitional needs. And when design firms encounter strategic planning decisions (or worse, shareholder disputes), Jim helps his clients navigate those challenges as well.

Jim participates in a number of organizations for design professionals, including all of the local AIA chapters and ACEC chapters, always seeking to keep apprised of the latest developments in the law affecting architects and engineers.


Syracuse University, B.A. and J.D.


Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
DC Defense Lawyers Association, Former President
Council for Court Excellence
The Counsellors, Former President
The Barristers