Private business clients value the comprehensive and strategic model of service that Jim provides.


Jim has experience in a wide range of commercial transactions: mergers, acquisitions, sales, business structures and governance, commercial contracts (including distribution, franchise and supply arrangements), and corporate financings.  His practice emphasizes joint ventures and strategic alliances involving both public and private companies and transactions of local, national and international scope.

Jim has extensive experience and involvement in the agribusiness and cannabis industries, and with respect to venture capital transactions and the formation and growth of emerging companies. 

Jim also has extensive experience with nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, as legal counsel and as a Board member and in other advisory capacities. Jim's experience includes advising these clients from initial formation through the entire life cycle of such organizations, with particular focus on structure, governance documents, policies and practices, and operations. He has extensive experience in a wide range of transactions that relate to nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations.

Jim has presented seminar programs and written numerous works involving limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

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Speaking Engagements

Jim has presented continuing legal education programs involving limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and regularly attends and participates in local and national programs addressing new developments in those areas of practice.


Author and Presenter, "Understanding the World of Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations," National Business Institute Program on Advanced LLC Issues, 2007-2010

Co-Author, "Limited Liability Companies," The Missouri Bar Specialized Business Entities Deskbook

Co-Author, "Limited Liability Companies," West Missouri Practice Transaction Guide

Co-Author, "Formation of a Partnership," West Missouri Practice Transaction Guide



Listed in the 2016 - 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Missouri Bar

  • Business Law Committee, Chair, 2002-2006; Vice-Chair, Past and Present
  • Legislative Review Subcommittee
  • Missouri Liaison to ABA Committee on Corporate Laws

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Asian-American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Board Member

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Power of Diversity

MU College of Business Kansas City Alumni Association, Economic Forum and other events, 10 Alumnus of the Year

UMKC Bloch School of Business, Judge for business plan competitions and workshops with Small Business Technology and Development Center

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

  • Board of Trustees, 1998-2000 and 2004-2006
  • Foundation Task Force and Advisory Council

Timber Trace Association, Board of Directors, 2004-2008; President, 2006-2008


  • Missouri, 1982


University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1982

  • Missouri Law Review

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1978

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