Jim practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on banking litigation, bank insurance issues, professional liability defense, and fidelity-surety law. He has represented clients in many different types of disputes including complex shareholder litigation, employment, and wrongful termination disputes, lender liability cases, check fraud litigation, construction disputes, professional malpractice claims, and insurance disputes. He is experienced in representing sureties, principals, and owners on bonded projects.

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Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2008-Present
    • Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2011-Present
    • Litigation - Construction, 2011-Present
    • Litigation - Real Estate, 2011-Present
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2011-Present
    • Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison, 2024
    • Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison, 2024
  • Selected to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list, 2008-Present

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Representative Work

  • Represented bank holding company and directors in significant shareholder litigation
  • Represented many banks in foreclosure proceedings concerning hotel properties, subdivision developments, agricultural, commercial and residential properties
  • Represented court-appointed receiver of commercial business in shareholder lawsuit
  • Represented law firm in major professional liability defense matter
  • Represented bank in effort to recover losses from bank fraud
  • Represented investment company in fraudulent electronic transfer matter
  • Represented municipal utility in engineering professional liability and construction errors and omissions claims

Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Presenter, "Contract Drafting Issues in Wisconsin," State Bar of Wisconsin, 2011, 2014, 2016, and 2018
  • Author, "Contract Law in Wisconsin, Ch. 3, Problems in Formation," State Bar of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee