With decades of experience, Jim represents people in complex damages cases involving unsafe products, unsafe equipment, oil field matters, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries resulting in quadriplegia and paraplegia, burns and birth injuries. He practices in the areas of Products Liability, Workplace Liability, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.
Jim’s trial record includes numerous multi million dollar jury awards and several records for jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Jim has been trial counsel in nearly half of the million dollar verdicts in the history of Wyoming.
In 2020, Jim was invited to be a part of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. Membership is by invitation only to lawyers who have litigated cases worth at least $2,000,000.00 at stake.
Jim is a member of several prestigious invitation-only trial lawyer organizations. These include the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 of the top plaintiffs lawyers in the country. Lawyers cannot just apply to join these groups. They must anonymously – without knowledge – be nominated by peers and recommended by Judges.
Jim has made more than 100 presentations on various trial topics to members of the trial bar throughout the United States. He is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for twenty years or longer.
Jim graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1969, served in the military in Vietnam and then earned his law degree from the University of Colorado.
1975, Wyoming and U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court; 1993, Colorado; 2001, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Wyoming State Bar; America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®; American Association for Justice; Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association; Inner Circle of Advocates (President, 2000 to 2001); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; International Society of Barristers; National Board of Trial Advocacy; The American College of Board Certified Attorneys.
The Best Lawyers in America, 1987 – Present
Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America