Attorney, Member of the Firm
Jim joined Outside GC in 2015, bringing over 20 years of legal and business experience within both large, established organizations and small, entrepreneurial companies, including as a three-time general counsel coupled with roles in business development and new market entry. This combination of experience leads Jim to take a practical, results-oriented approach for his clients so business needs are properly balanced with legal risk management.
Jim handles a broad range of commercial, human resources, operational, marketing, sales and intellectual property legal issues, with particular emphasis on joint ventures and complex strategic partnerships involving foreign partners, having done deals in dozens of countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Jim’s clients at Outside GC include several early stage technology companies, as well as Steel Connect, Inc., a publicly-traded diversified holding company (Nasdaq Global Select Market symbol “STCN”), where Jim serves as Acting General Counsel with responsibility for all legal matters relating to its wholly-owned subsidiary ModusLink Corporation, a market-leading supply chain management company with global operations.
Before Outside GC, Jim last served as the General Counsel; Chief of Business Development and Strategy at Gamelearn, S.L, a Madrid, Spain-headquartered early-stage provider of leading-edge, digital learning solutions to companies around the world through course-length adventure video games and apps played to learn valuable skills.
After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Jim was a corporate associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (now Orrick) and Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), where his transactional experience included billions of dollars in equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions by internet, telecommunications and satellite companies. Jim received his B.A. from Tufts University.
After Hogan, Jim worked in-house for Teligent, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunications company, as Director, International Group, Business Affairs where, in addition to other duties, he negotiated international joint ventures in various countries. Jim further developed his international business skills at AOL, Inc., before moving to San Diego, California where he served as General Counsel of Vsource, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of business process outsourcing services operating throughout Asia-Pacific. Following the sale of Vsource, Jim joined Vistage International, Inc., a membership organization which provides CEO and C-level executive development services in sixteen countries. At Vistage, Jim served as General Counsel subsequently adding additional duties as Head of International Development, assuming responsibility for the strategic design and operational launch of new market start-up operations, including China.
Born in Hyderabad, India and raised in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Turkey, South Africa and England, Jim is fascinated by all things international including travel. Jim claims he has yet to meet an exotic local food that he will not eat; though does admit that he did not go back for seconds on a few occasions. Jim’s other outside interests are somewhat less brave and include golfing, spending time with his family and reading mysteries and thrillers, albeit preferably set overseas.