His interest in law stemmed from his experience in politics and government. Prior to entering the legal profession, James worked on Capitol Hill, first for Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ – D) and then as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Patrick Leahy (VT – D). While in law school, James ran his own campaign for the Democratic County Central Committee and was elected to serve on the Committee for his community in Cleveland Heights. His passion on the campaign trail for communicating with constituents allowed for a smooth transition into vigorous representation for small business owners and individuals in his community that had been harmed.
In his legal career James has protected small property companies, auto and food companies and non-profits in and out of court. His determination and skill has led to positive results in personal injury, medical malpractice and business litigation cases.
James has also remained active behind the scenes in organizing political campaigns. He served as a campaign manager in the race for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, and helped alter the debate in the race to create a more transparent office, sanitized of political patronage and the need for the next prosecutor to create a Public Integrity Unit in order to prevent future corruption at the hands of our most trusted leaders.
James graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont with honors in Political Science, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. He received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a member of the Ault Mock Trial Team, Civil Rights Moot Court Team and an associate editor for the War Crimes Prosecution Watch. While at Case, James helped lead the Trial Team to the National Finals and was awarded the Order of Barristers for excellence in litigation.
James is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Lorain County Bar Association. His passion in the courtroom has led to his teaching in the classroom, as he has returned to Case to coach the Ault Mock Trial Team.