Phone: 216.736.7235 Fax: 216.621.6536

Overview

Jim has nearly 25 years of experience as a talented litigator, serving a wide range of companies and individuals. As a true generalist, Jim has worked on cases ranging from contract and lease disputes to legal ethics and legal malpractice. He’s represented both plaintiffs and defendants over his career, giving him insights into both sides of matters for the benefit of his clients. He’s valued by both individual and corporate clients for his eclectic experience and his talent for taking a fresh approach to every case.

Jim is a lifelong Clevelander who’s active in the region’s Irish-American community and his alma mater of St. Edward’s High School. As president of the Irish Civic Society, Jim has marched at the head of the line at the Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade since 2008 and is a founding member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland. He is also the long-time president of the Michael D. Symon Foundation and co-chair of the foundation’s Chef’s Gala for Autism Speaks.

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D., 1994
  • Miami University, B.A., History and Political Science, 1991
    • John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg
    • Graduate Level Trans-Atlantic Seminar on Implementation of the European Union

Civic Involvement

  • Autism Speaks, Volunteer and Chairman of Bi-Annual Chef’s Gala
  • Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Past President and Life Member
  • Executive Committee for Cleveland’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Member (2008 to present)
  • Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, Founding Member
  • Irish Civic Society, President (2008 to present)
  • St. Edward High School Legal Eagles, Past President
  • The Michael D. Symon Foundation, President

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Eighth Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • William K. Thomas American Inns of Court

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, pro hac vice
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence (15 years)

Presentations & Publications

  • “Year-End Legal Ethics Seminar,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, 2008-2010, 2016-2017

Representative Experience

  • Represented publicly traded companies in a wide variety of contract disputes
  • Served as trial counsel in cases of legal malpractice against lawyers and judges
  • Defended national commercial trucking carriers in state and federal courts related to motor vehicle accidents
  • Represented numerous plaintiffs in cases totaling more than $10 million in settlements and verdicts