Born in New York, New York. He was admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1990. Jim grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1984 from Drexel University and a Master of Science Degree in Taxation also from Drexel University. Jim moved to South Florida in 1987 and attended Nova Southeastern School of Law receiving his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990. His areas of practice include real estate (residential and commercial real estate), loan transactions, title insurance, business transactions and corporate transactions.