As Chair of the firm’s IP Department, Jim leads a national team of more than 100 lawyers. In his own practice, he provides thoughtful, strategic guidance to help clients gain value from intellectual property. Jim focuses on patent prosecution, infringement studies, design-around analyses and IP audits. He also handles IP transactions of all sizes, including software and technology licenses, supply chain agreements, technology development agreements and IP due diligence.
In his practice, Jim focuses not only on providing high-quality legal advice, but on bringing project management skills and innovation to the firm’s client services. Jim also provides IP training for several startup accelerators, including AlphaLab Gear and the TechCelerator.
Prior to his legal career, Jim was an electrical engineer in the oil pipeline and electric utility industries, where he designed and managed construction projects for a variety of power and control systems. He also worked in the intellectual property department of a Fortune 500 company and with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1994); Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1989, Electrical Engineering); Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WQED Multimedia.