- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1993
- Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1983
- M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1976
- B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975
Jim has also represented industrial workers exposed to silica and asbestos in the workplace, arguing before appellate courts in Illinois and Minnesota on behalf of occupational disease victims. He has shared his experience with silica litigation and product identification at several national conferences, addressing the plaintiff's perspective and other pertinent issues.
A published author on several legal and academic themes, Jim’s law review article, “Informing South Carolina Capital Juries About Parole” (44 S.C. Law Review 383, 1993) was cited in 2000 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in his dissenting opinion in Ramdass v. Angelone. His reported opinions include Ison v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (Del. 1999), In re Minnesota Asbestos Litigation (Minn., 1996), W.R. Grace & Co. v. CSR Ltd., (Ill. App. Ct. 1996) and In re Tutu Wells Contamination Litigation (D.V.I. 1995).
A former professor of philosophy, Jim began his legal career with the plaintiffs' bar after clerkships with the South Carolina Office of Appellate Defense and a business, employment and intellectual property defense firm. He is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.