Jim was born in Hastings, Nebraska and attended Hastings St. Cecilia High School and Hastings College, where as a student-athlete he graduated with distinction. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska – College of Law in 2003.


Jim is a former President of the Keith County Bar Association and of the 11th Judicial District of Nebraska. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association where where he has served on the House of Delegates representing attorneys practicing in the 11th Judicial District. He is also a member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys. Jim is licensed in the state and federal courts in Nebraska, as well as, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has extensive trial experience representing a multitude of clients in a wide array of practice areas.


Jim has, since arriving in Ogallala in 2003, been extremely active in the community. He has coached high school football, and served on the boards of numerous non-profit community-friendly organizations such as Keith County Crimestoppers, the Ogallala ELKS Lodge, and the Ogallala Optimist Club, where he currently serves as President. Jim and his fiancé, Kami, were married in June 2015.