Prior to becoming Of Counsel with Taggart, Rimes & Graham PLLC Jim practiced in the largest firm in the state, then as a solo practitioner for over 40 years. Jim represents small businesses, individuals, homeowner associations and utility companies in business and commercial transactions, corporate, real estate employment matters and ad valorem tax matters involving appeals before municipal, county and state taxing authorities, zoning and business litigation.
Jim has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubell for over thirty years and is an approved attorney for Regions Bank, BankPlus, BancorpSouth, Community Trust Bank, Merchants & Farmers Bank, Trustmark National Bank, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company. He is an accomplished trial attorney admitted to practice before all state and federal courts sitting in Mississippi as well as the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jim was graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1966 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Jim then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1969. While at the University, Jim was elected President of the Associated Student Body and President of the Freshman Law Class, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, national scholastic and leadership honorary, Ole Miss Hall of Fame and Moot Court Board.
Upon graduation Jim served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army during which he served a tour in Vietnam where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star.
Jim is a member of the Mississippi Bar, former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners and former member of the Board of Directors and President of the Madison County Bar Association. He is a member of the Lamar Order and has also previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and the Metropolitan Jackson YMCA and as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Jackson Preparatory School.
Jim and his wife, Kay, have three children and ten grandchildren, and are members of Christ United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous capacities, including Chairman of the Administrative Board and Staff-Parish Relations Committee.