Lawyers as Whistleblowers
From The Nixon White House to Trump Tower
Watergate at 50
Jim is a partner and former Chair of the Business Litigation group at Thompson Hine LLP’s Cleveland office. Jim has won big verdicts for clients, including Avery Dennison ($81 million jury verdict on international espionage case) and Solvay Pharmaceuticals ($68 million arbitration award on drug co-promotion agreement).
Jim is also the author of three non-fiction books dealing with the American presidency: Linking Rings, William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America (Kent State University Press 2004), The Harding Affair, Love and Espionage During the Great War (Palgrave 2009) and January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever (Chicago
Review Press, 2015).
He is a recognized leader in judicial reform in Ohio. Jim teaches and instructs on the legal ethics and the representation of an organization under Model Rules 1.13 and 1.6. Using John Dean as fact witness and Watergate as a case study, Jim and Mr. Dean have developed a set of interactive, fast-paced programs that explore the duties of an attorney representing an organization when wrongdoing is uncovered. Rule 1.13 defines “organization” broadly, including corporations, partnerships, unions, governmental entities and the like.