I first met Jim as an adversary and later got to know him as a friend. As an adversary, he was up to speed on the law (although he claimed he never read it); and always put the interest of his client first. He represented all of his clients well, but those whom he believed had been done an injustice, for any reason, perhaps a little more zealously. He stood by his word, without exception. Thinking of him as a friend just makes me smile. A huge heart and quick of wit. Always with a hand extended, not in want, but in giving. Never without a story. Never without a snappy retort. Always fun, with much of his humor being directed at his own perceived shortcomings. Jim was just comfortable being Jim, and why wouldn’t he be?