A former investment banker and small business owner, Jim broadened his political, social, and spiritual worldview to pursue a career in which he could simultaneously develop his best skills and assist others. For over 35 years he has drawn on both his legal and practical business experience to provide thoughtful counsel in complex commercial disputes and transactions.
Jim's well-respected practice in business bankruptcy and problem loan workouts, both in court as an advocate and out-of-court as a negotiator, has earned him a reputation as a highly effective problem solver. Whether representing creditors in major bankruptcy cases or working for creditors’ committees, informally pooled groups of creditors, or as a consultant to in-house counsel, Jim draws on his legal knowledge and proven negotiation abilities to find solutions for difficult problems. Frequently relying on the skills of other business, tax, or litigation attorneys in the firm, Jim has handled significant reorganizations for real estate, business, and other commercial endeavors. Jim has been a frequent lecturer and author of presentations for banking associations and other legal groups nationwide.
An authority in business bankruptcy and finance, Jim's practice extends to out-of-court debt restructuring, representing both business debtors and creditors. His participation on both sides of major creditor/debtor issues has yielded better insight into his clients' business concerns.
Jim's extensive involvement in these areas of law also led him into the field of mediation. He has completed advanced mediation courses at Harvard Law School, the American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John’s University, and CDR Associates, three of the country's leading mediation training programs. Today he mediates complex business and real estate disputes in matters that would otherwise end up in full litigation. Jim thrives on multi-party dispute resolution and has a tenacious commitment to finding negotiated solutions to difficult business problems. In 2016, in recognition of his achievements and reputation as a mediator, he was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. The NADN has roughly thirty members in the entire State of Colorado.
Jim has been an attorney with Moye White since 1980, when he was first admitted to practice law. In 2005 he was elected by his partners to succeed John Moye as the firm's Managing Partner. He served in that role for eight years and greatly enjoyed the enhanced opportunity it gave him to influence the character and future direction of the firm as it moved into its fourth decade. Jim remains an active member of the firm’s Management Committee.