Jim was raised in Berwick, Pa., the third of six children, and his Berwick high school classmates presciently noted him as “most likely to succeed.” At Princeton he played left guard on the football team, set a deadlift record as captain of the weightlifting team, and took his meals at Ivy.
After earning a law degree from Villanova’s School of Law, he and wife Carla moved to Wilmington. After serving as prosecutor in the attorney general’s office and working at two different law firms, he co-founded his own firm in 1999 and represented individuals and large corporations. He won the respect of clients, the bench, and the bar for his blend of excellence, civility, and compassion.
Jim loved his family greatly, was unfailingly attentive to his dogs, and balanced an appreciation for life and humanity with the many interests that gained his engagement. He dug his own koi pond, drove to unending soccer tournaments of his children, and fretted that his golf wasn’t a little better. Above all, Jim is remembered as a gentleman: possessed of generosity, kindness, humor, and wit.
Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carla; children Jennifer, Emily, Jim Jr., and Jared; and five grandchildren. He will be long remembered and greatly missed.