Jim is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Board Certified as a specialist in both Criminal and Family Law, Jim is Martindale-Hubbell rated AV and listed in Super Lawyers since 2007. Jim has been president of multiple bar associations, has appeared personally for oral argument three times in the California Supreme Court, and has handled to completion the defense of over 30 death penalty cases. He has lectured and written statewide before many lawyer and mental health groups on subjects including domestic violence, crimes against children, and collaborative divorce. He is a founder and past president of A Better Divorce, Past President of LACFLA (Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association) and has handled to completion over 100 collaborative divorce cases.
Jim has four children who grew up in Manhattan Beach – a therapist, a chef, a doctor and a lawyer – all of whom have influenced his thinking on family issues. (They have given him four grandchildren.) He has been an American Martyrs Catholic Church soloist and choir member for 25 years. He is a past president and 35 year member of Manhattan Beach Rotary. He is a 25 year Pier to Pier swimmer and active member of the Manhattan Magnum Masters swim club.
“The two great passions of my professional life – death penalty defense and collaborative divorce – cover the exact same territory: family systems, heartbreak and healing.”