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A member of the Oregon, California and Washington bar associations, for nearly 40 years Jim developed a stellar reputation as a pre-eminant transactional and trial attorney.  As a lawyer, Jim has been recognized for many years by Best Lawyers in America ®, SuperLawyers, Martindale Hubbell and Chambers U.S.A. for his exceptional skills and acumen. 

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A member of the bar for more than 42 years, Jim developed a stellar reputation as a pre-eminant transactional and trial attorney.  As a lawyer, Jim has been recognized for many years by Best Lawyers in America®, SuperLawyers, Martindale Hubbell and Chambers U.S.A. for his exceptional skills and acumen. 

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Created multinational distribution agreements resulting in sales of over $100 million of aircraft related support equipment in more the 20 countries. 

  • Orchestrated multimillion dollar patent arbitration on behalf of Oregon's largest employer against public biopharma giant, resolved by structuring an innovative cross-licensing and royalty agreement valued at more than $5 million.  

  • Litigated dozens of eminent domain cases, many through jury trials, resulting in multiple seven-figure verdicts to establish just compensation awards for property takings.

  • Negotiated complex land use strategy to obtain approvals for development and construction of new operational headquarters for State Police.  

  • Counseled hundreds of clients through over 1,000 negotiations resulting in settlements, restructured agreements and resolutions totaling over $5 billion in economic impacts.  

A friend once described Jim as “an extraordinary businessman who is also an exceptional lawyer.”  Jim is one of those rare lawyers who has also signed thousands of payroll checks, served as CEO of a leading high-tech manufacturing company, President of a multi-million dollar development company and Chairman of a successful health club. 

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Cofounded and serving as CEO for pioneering voice messaging company, Genesis Electronics Corporation, leading to innovations in A to D conversion, voice recognition and text-to-speech.  

  • Chairman and CEO of leading private wellness, fitness, tennis and aquatics club, providing community for thousands of members to improve lives through better living.

  • Mentored dozens of entrepreneurs in the strategic development of business plans, management organizations, financial projections and capital raising.   


Serving as General Counsel to the California Assembly Ways and Means (Minority) Committee nearly four decades ago, Jim analyzed and opined on the fifth largest governmental budget in the world.  Elected to the school board, Jim helped lead the way to build badly needed new schools and create better programs for students in one of the best public school districts in the nation. 

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Led efforts to pass $95 million public school reconstruction bonds to rebuild two high schools and renovate other local campuses. 

  • Appointed by the Speaker of the Oregon House to Chair the Oregon Job Creation Task Force, charged with developing a focused plan to re-energize job creation as a foundation for economic stimulus.  

  • Elected by voters as candidate in Oregon's Fifth Congressional District, and garnered over 150,000 votes in the General Election, earning a reputation as a principle-centered effective leader. 





Recognized as a balanced and thoughtful voice, Jim has served on trade association Boards of Directors, such as the American Electronics Association, the International Health, Racquet Sportsclub Association and the Oregon Health and Fitness Alliance.  Understanding his clients' businesses ranging from aircraft ground support equipment to specialized products for mothers and babies has been important for Jim to add value as a trusted counselor and advisor.  

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Appointed Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, responsible for establishing strategic national and international policy initiatives for  the association.  

  • Chaired fundraising efforts for American Heart Association for Oregon/SW Washington, unifying industry leaders to support record-breaking successes to help fund research for heart disease, stroke and congenital defects.   

  • Frequent presenter before Oregon State Bar approved continuing legal education seminars, attended by brokers, attorneys, appraisers and other real estate professionals seeking insights and practical training in their professions.   




As a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), Jim has provided intelligent, unbiased real estate guidance that achieved win/win results. As among the most respected real estate specialists in the industry, Jim and other CRE’s have worked on highly complex and important projects, effectively run real estate businesses, serve as mediators and arbitrators, and are known for innovation and creative problem solving. 

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Structured and implemented eight property aggregation to accomplish unification of single property unit for high tech development of major employer located in Washington County, OR.   

  • Strategically formulated plan for expansion of 120,000 sq. ft. high tech manufacturing facility, including negotiations with governing authorities and competing community and interest groups.  

  • Obtained land use entitlements necessary to construct $1.5 billion manufacturing plant and employ more than 1,000 people with family-wage clean energy jobs.  


Jim has developed, managed construction and operated massive real estate projects and facilities.  He understands the real estate and construction industries, land use issues, knows how to read plans, specifications and drawings, and recognizes the important roles of local government, owners, finance professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and others who make development and construction actually happen.

Examples of Jim's successes include:

  • Successfully completed one of Oregon's first condominium conversion projects, upgrading a substantial apartment complex into an iconic residential community in Lake Oswego, OR. 

  • Designed and constructed a high-end resort property in Hawaii, utilizing environmentally-smart concepts, energy-saving technologies and innovative techniques. 

  • Developed and constructed a nearly 100,000 sq. ft. LEED-Certified facility supporting a community of wellness-focused members supportive of encouraging healthier and happier lifestyles.  

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