Jim is a litigator and trial lawyer based in Sacramento who represents individuals and entities in white collar criminal defense cases. Jim also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in the Sacramento region and nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including contract claims, fraud claims, and unfair business practices.
Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Jim served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento, where he conducted grand jury investigations and tried more than a dozen white collar cases in a variety of areas including bank fraud, investment fraud, mail/wire fraud, accounting fraud, and money laundering. Responsible for all phases of prosecution and appeals, Jim briefed and argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While a federal prosecutor, Jim also served as the Corporate Fraud Coordinator for the Eastern District of California, and received the Executive Office for United States Attorneys' Directors Award, as well as performance commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division
Prior to his service with the U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento, Jim practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he represented clients in a broad range of business litigation areas, including antitrust, franchising, elder abuse, and employment law. Jim also served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Marilyn L. Huff in San Diego, California.