• Through his firm, Conflict Management Systems, Jim provides mediation, conflict management and dispute resolution services to companies, not for profit organizations, and individuals.  He has worked with organizations and individuals in a broad range of industries including the arts, health care, education, law, manufacturing, and government. 
  • He has 20 years of experience in mediation and has mediated thousands of cases including tort liability, product liability, workplace disputes, professional malpractice, commercial, employment, and community disputes.    
  • He is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis teaching Mediation Theory and Practice.  He is also on the adjunct faculty at St. Louis University School of Law, where he teaches Civil Practice.
  • He is a frequent author and speaker on conflict resolution, conflict management, and negotiation.     His articles have been published in national, state, and local journals and periodicals.
  • He is on the mediation panels of United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; the National Archives and Records Administration; the United States Veterans Adminstration; and various state and federal courts.  He is also a volunteer mediator for St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and serves as a facilitator in the Victim-Offender dialogue program in the St. Louis County (Missouri) Family Court, Juvenile Division.
  • His dispute resolution training includes:  Basic mediation training (40 hours), CDR Associates, Boulder, CO (1991); Designing Dispute Resolution Systems (32 hours), CDR Associates, Boulder, CO (1995);  Advanced Mediation Training, United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest, St. Louis, MO (1996, 2001, 2002, 2004). 
  • He received his Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from the University of Central Missouri in 1980, his law degree from St. Louis University in 1984, and his LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004, where he focused on conflict theory and resolution. 
  • He is active in his community, currently serving on the boards of Community Conflict Services, the Association of Missouri Mediators, and University City's Commission for Access and Local Original Programming (CALOP).   He is a past board member of The Magic House, St. Louis' Children's Museum; St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts; and the St. Louis Organizational Development Network.  He and his wife served as foster puppy-raisers for Support Dogs, Inc. for over seven years.