An Orange, New Jersey native raised in Southern California, Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles and a master’s degree from California State University Northridge before receiving his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Loyola Law School. Jim was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and the Law Review while attending Loyola Law School. 

 Prior to joining Martinez Steel as General Counsel, he engaged in the private practice of law for approximately 36 years specializing in contract, real estate, construction, business, labor, and insurance litigation. Jim is a long-term member of the State Bar of California, licensed to practice in the state courts of California, the Federal District Courts in Southern California, and the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals.