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.
Jim serves as a mentor for the AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear startup accelerators. He is also a frequent author and speaker on IP and other issues relating to technology and the law, and a regular lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminars and at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.
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 (J.D., magna cum laude, 1994); Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1989, Electrical Engineering)