Jim’s abilities as a writer and oral advocate were recognized during law school where he served two years as law review editor, achieved honors in appellate moot court, and was chosen by the faculty to receive the Student Advocacy Award.  Since law school, Jim has gained the trust of his clients and peers in a variety of settings and disciplines, but his primary focus has always been commercial, real estate and construction litigation.  Having recently moved to Texas from Sacramento, California, Jim now supports PHMY in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, civil appeals, and product liability defense.

When not practicing law, Jim keeps up on his avocation of playing piano and performing chamber music.  Jim was once recognized as the outstanding keyboard student at USC, studied conducting and coached opera at the Peabody Conservatory, and received a Fulbright Grant to study conducting in Munich, Germany, where he competed in a prestigious international conducting competition.  Jim continued to conduct community orchestras even while working as director of a training program at a major life insurance company, right up until he commenced his law studies.