Jim is a 1964 graduate of Lourdes, along with his brother John in 1962 and sister Mary in 1971. In 2011 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Lourdes Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in 1968 and his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, which he attended on a full academic scholarship and was an Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He served on active duty in the United States Army as a Lieutenant in 1971-1972.

In 1972 Jim joined the New York City law firm of Satterlee Warfield & Stephens as an Associate and was elected to the Partnership in 1978. He has practiced at that firm and its successors, now Duane Morris LLP, for over fifty years. He was the Chairman of the Firm’s Litigation Department for many years and served as its Chairman from 2006 to 2018.

In his practice, Jim is a litigator who has tried and handled appeals in complex commercial matters for Fortune 500 companies in the financial, publishing, broadcasting, advertising and insurance industries. He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuit and numerous Federal district courts throughout the United States. Jim is listed in Super Lawyers for his prominence in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Media Law.

Jim served as a Justice of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, New York from 1983 through 1994. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from 1988 through its acquisition by Toronto Dominion Bank in 1997 and served as Chairman of National Investors Cash Management Fund, Inc., a mutual fund affiliated with Toronto Dominion, from 1997 through 2007.

Jim has been a resident of Briarcliff Manor with his wife Kathy for over fifty years and has three children and eight grandchildren.

“I really believe that one of the best decisions my parents made was sending their children to Lourdes. Its academics were (and are) excellent and demanding and serve to develop discipline and a work ethic that can carry through the rest of one’s education pursuits and personal and professional lives. I am proud, fortunate, and thankful that I was provided the opportunity to attend Our Lady of Lourdes.”