Jim is a litigation and government contracts attorney who pursues favorable client outcomes through effective advocacy, practical legal advice, and an understanding of his clients’ broader strategic goals. When disputes occur, Jim provides bottom-line analysis of the potential benefits and risks of litigation and then partners with his clients to develop sound strategies that further objectives and solve legal problems.
A focal point of Jim’s government contracts practice is helping companies navigate the unique issues that arise when doing business with the federal government and commercial teaming partners. Jim has successfully protested and defended the award of federal contracts, as well as secured corrective action, at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the agency level. Jim also advocates for clients before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals, where he brings value by applying commercial litigation skills and strategies while protecting his clients’ working relationships with government customers.
Jim actively represents clients in state and federal courts to resolve issues that affect businesses and employers across industries, including breach of contract, trade secrets, and intellectual property controversies, as well as unfair competition arising out of employee mobility and interference with commercial opportunities.
Jim’s litigation background adds perspective when he counsels government contractors on teaming agreement and subcontract negotiations, M&A due diligence, and False Claims Act investigations. Jim also helps emerging companies evaluate Small Business Administration set-aside program eligibility, as well as related size and status protests.
Jim was named to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list for Commercial Litigation in 2020 and 2021. He was also selected as one of Virginia Business magazine’s 2020 “Legal Elite” Young Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
- J.D., cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2015
- B.A., University of Virginia, 2010
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Government Contracts
- Labor & Employment Law
- Trial Court Ruling Examines the Limits of the Virginia Uniform Trades Secrets Act in Prohibiting the Post-Employment Retention of Proprietary Information by a Former Employee ( October 10, 2019 )
- A Primer on Virginia’s Data Breach Statute ( June 20, 2019 )
- Copyright Registration Update: United States Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling ( April 11, 2019 )
- Recent Court Rulings Provide Guidance To Employers Using The Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2016 To Protect Proprietary Information ( May 1, 2018 )
- 2021, Arlington magazine's Top Attorneys – Legal Aid/Pro Bono
- 2021-2022, The Best Lawyers in America® – Ones To Watch: Commercial Litigation
- 2021, Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" – Legal Services/Pro Bono
- 2020, Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" – Young Lawyer