Jim joined Lake Whillans at its formation in 2013 after nearly 40 years as a trial lawyer handling complex commercial cases around the country. He is currently a Strategic Advisor. For 17 years, Jim had been a senior litigation partner at Latham & Watkins, where he represented major U.S. and international corporations both on plaintiff and defense side, as well as in connection with bankruptcy matters. Prior to joining Latham, Jim had been a partner at the Mudge Rose and Webster & Sheffield law firms. Jim has been at the forefront of emerging trends in trial advocacy, crafting and implementing jury research and trial strategy development in a variety of areas. He has taught trial advocacy for more than 35 years, including with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and as national coordinator of trial advocacy training programs at Latham & Watkins. Jim has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of America’s 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and J.D. from New York University School of Law.