Jim has a broad legal practice drawing from his experience as a judge, general counsel, and litigator. He currently focuses his practice in all types of litigation, as well as providing general corporate advice, with a specialty in construction law. Jim also has a personal passion in special education law and advocates on behalf of parents, guardians, and students. Jim joined MM&D as a Partner in 2017.
Jim brings judicial experience and perspective to the Firm. In 2014, he was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to fill a vacancy as Magisterial District Judge for Springfield Township, and was elected to a full term in 2015. As District Judge, Jim hears both civil and criminal matters. The civil matters include contract and landlord/tenant disputes. He also hears traffic cases, summary cases, and preliminary hearings in criminal cases.
In his prior role as general counsel for one of the largest electrical contractors in the Philadelphia area, Jim was responsible for advising senior management on all aspects of sales and operations, including contract review, dispute resolution, adhering to corporate formalities, and insurance/bonding issues. Jim is a stellar negotiator and craftsman—drafting, reviewing and finalizing multi-million dollar contracts for various construction projects, including solar EPC contracts, prime contracts with various public and private owners, and subcontracts both up and downstream. Jim managed all disputes, which often included pragmatic solutions to avoid litigation, as well as significant litigation with millions of dollars at stake.
Jim honed his litigation skills with the law firms of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A., Wilmington, DE, and Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia and Wilmington. Prior to entering private practice, Jim was a law clerk for Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Supreme Court of Delaware and a judicial intern for The Honorable Delores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.
Jim dedicates a significant amount of time to his community. He is a board member of Springfield Cares, an organization providing information to families coping with opioid addiction. Jim also enjoys coaching girls travel soccer.
A magna cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law, Jim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with minors in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Pennsylvania State University.