Jim was born and raised in New Hampshire and graduated from Laconia High School in 1977. He obtained his bachelor of arts degree in economics with honors from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and his juris doctorate degree cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1984.
Jim joined Normandin, Chenev & O'Neil after law school, becoming a partner in 1994. His diverse trial practice involves representing clients in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies concerning personal injury claims, employment related disputes on behalf of both employers and employees, discrimination claims, workers' compensation claims and commercial matters.
Jim is a member of the Belknap County, New Hampshire, and American Bar Associations; a sustaining member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice; and a Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Active in bar association activities, he was a co-recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession. He has also been active in several local community endeavors.