Jim is a former Nebraska certified law enforcement officer and Investigator for the Nebraska State Crime Commission.  He is a practicing trial attorney with 27 years of experience in both criminal defense and civil trials in both the state and federal courts of Minnesota and Nebraska. During that time, he has conducted well over 250 trials, in addition to presenting numerous appeals on both the state and federal levels, including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is also an experienced firearms instructor and President of Mid-Minnesota Self-Defense, Inc., a company providing both  basic and advanced firearms self-defense training for private citizens and law enforcement officers. Jim is an NRA certified firearms instructor in the disciplines of pistol, rifle and shotgun, and has attended numerous shooting schools including LFI-1 in 2009.

Jim is one of our Network affiliate attorneys, and is a Director of Curriculum Development for Network in the area of continuing education for our affiliate attorneys. His work is also depicted in the non-fiction book, The Bison King published by Tate Publishing Company, describing Jim’s successful defense of a man, wrongfully accused of first degree murder in a 27 year old, "cold case" homicide investigation, in Minnesota in 2006.  Jim is also an avid hunter and collector of military firearms.