Jim is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Elder Law and Compliance and Investigations practices at Maynard Cooper. He is also a member of the Financial Institutions, Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Litigation, and Commercial Litigation practice groups.
Currently, he is lead counsel for a natural gas pipeline seeking $50 million for substantial relocation costs to avoid long wall coal mining. He was lead counsel for a third party defendant in the multi-billion dollar Healthsouth accounting fraud litigation. In 2011-12, he successfully defended a major shareholder suit for a substantial, privately-held company. Jim generally represents directors and officers in fiduciary duty litigation, petroleum and natural gas pipelines, commercial lenders, insurance companies, public corporations and governmental units, and corporate defendants.
In the corporate litigation area, Jim has handled litigation and tried cases concerning pipeline-coal mining disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes, lender liability, products liability, securities, antitrust, computer software and hardware, insurance fraud, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, trademarks, toxic torts, environmental claims and general personal injury claims. He has defended multiple insurance sales practice cases in Mississippi. Jim's Compliance and Investigations practice focuses on director/officer and fiduciary derivative litigation.
From 1972-1976, Jim served as an officer in the U. S. Navy, resigning with a rank of LT.
Jim's talents consistently earn him recognition by The Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers in several areas of practice. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2018, Jim was distinguished as the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in ERISA Litigation.
Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and he holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.