Jim has represented management in all aspects of employment counseling and litigation for more than 25 years. He specializes in matters involving employment discrimination and retaliation, whistle-blowing, wage/hour compliance, workplace investigations, occupational safety and health (OSHA), employment-related torts, breach of employment contracts, and labor grievances. Jim also has substantial experience in the defense of complex multi-plaintiff cases and class actions.
Jim has represented clients in the financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, restaurant, transportation, energy, technology, retail and grocery industries.
An AV-rated lawyer, Jim frequently lectures on employment issues, both nationally and internationally, including Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Indonesia, and Canada. In 2014, Jim was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law, one of only 10 management-side employment attorneys in Colorado to earn this honor. Jim is also a Senior Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. From 2002 through 2005, Jim served as Chair of the Employment and Immigration Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), an association of lawyers from around the world. He also served as Co-Chair of the Employment Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
Jim is a national figure in the legal diversity arena. He received ABA presidential appointments to serve on blue-ribbon commissions: the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession (2008-2011), and the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice (1999-2003). Jim also recently served on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, a committee responsible for evaluating and rating prospective nominees to the federal bench. From 1995 to 1999, he served on the Board of Governors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Presently, Jim chairs NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 Committee. In 1999, Jim was invited to be a member of President Clinton's Lawyers for One America Initiative.
Honors & Recognitions
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment (2018-2022, 2024)
- Listed in America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018)
- Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Inducted 2007)
- Colorado Super Lawyers® (2007-2011, 2016-2023)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
- Avvo Rating 10 out of 10
Professional & Civic Associations
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
- Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
- Employment and Immigration Committee Chair (2002-2005)
- American Bar Association
- Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2012-2015)
- Commission on Women in the Profession, Commissioner (2008-2011)
- Trial Evidence Committee, Co-Chair, Electronic Evidence Subcommittee (2006-2010)
- Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Council-Member (1999-2003)
- Torts & Insurance Practice Section Employer-Employee Relations, Vice-Chair (1997-2005)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Best Lawyers Under 40 Committee, Chair (2002-present)
- Labor & Employment Committee, Co-Chair (2011-2012)
- Secretary (1998-1999)
- President Clinton's Lawyers for One America Initiative (1999-2000)
Blogs, Videos & Podcasts
- "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence . . . is not an act, but a habit."
- Will Durant (paraphrasing Aristotle)
- Honorable Frank G. Theis, U.S. District of Kansas.
University of Kansas
- J.D., 1991
- Served on the Kansas Law Review.
The Colorado College
- B.A., cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- Colorado, 1991
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington