Jim works with firm leadership to manage all aspects of the firm’s operations, with the goal of achieving operational excellence, enhancing client service, and supporting professional staff development and engagement. Jim plays a critical role in leading the implementation of the firm’s strategic plan and overseeing the senior leadership team.

Jim has significant experience as a member of the C-Suite at several prominent international law firms over the past two decades. In these roles, he primarily has focused on client service, client relationships, and business development, all crucial elements of driving success at Verrill today.

Jim was Founder and President of The Law Firm Development Group, Inc., where he provided over 100 law firms with strategic planning advice, and training in the areas of leadership, client service and client development. Most importantly, perhaps, Jim has conducted over 250 in-person client interviews to determine client satisfaction and perceived value.

Prior to his career in law firm management, Jim was a practicing lawyer, VP of Marketing and General Counsel of Senior Tour Players, Inc., and Senior VP of Sponsorship and Affiliate Relations at Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Jim is the author of several books, including The Essential Little Book of Service Excellence, The Law Firm Marketer’s Guide to Survival, and The Essential Little Book of Great Lawyering. He is also the co-editor and contributing author to The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing Your Practice (published by the American Bar Association). Jim has been a frequent speaker at both national and international conferences on a wide range of topics, including the importance of innovation for law firms – particularly innovation that improves the client experience. Jim also has completed Advanced Leadership Programs at The Harvard Law School and the Kellogg School of Management.


  • Emory University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Harvard College  (B.A., cum laude)


  • Hall of Fame, Legal Marketing Association
  • Fellow, College of Law Practice Management

Firm Highlights


Department of Labor Guidance and Federal Initiatives Counsel a Wait-and-See Approach for 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Interested in Cryptocurrency Options

On March 10, 2022, the Department of Labor published Compliance Assistance Release 2022-01, 401(k) Plan Investments in “Cryptocurrencies” . The Release strongly discourages the addition of cryptocurrency (and other digital asset) options to the...


Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected to the Board of Governors of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers


Recovery From Surety and Professional Liability Carrier for Defective Turbine and Biomass Energy Facility Components

Our client developed a biomass fired cogeneration power facility to sell power back to the grid and to support its sawmill operations. As part of this project, it entered into a $13+ million contract...


Groundbreaking Decision Released by Connecticut Supreme Court

In a groundbreaking decision released on May 10, 2022 arising out of an appeal argued by Verrill attorney Andrew Nevas on November 16, 2021 in front of the Connecticut Supreme Court , the Supreme...


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Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...


Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...


Connecticut’s new privacy law: What you need to know

As part of its growing privacy practice, Verrill is pleased to share this advisory on Connecticut’s new privacy law. Verrill is pleased to offer a sophisticated range of privacy and cybersecurity services. On May...



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New Rules for Apprentices on Energy Projects Come with Uncertainty for Contractors and Developers

On January 1, 2021, a new law went into effect setting benchmarks for use of apprentices on energy generation facility construction projects. Enacted in 2019, the law was part of “An Act to Establish...

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