Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Jim graduated from Eastmoor High School in 1977. He attended The Ohio State University on a baseball scholarship and he was a 4 year scholar athlete and captain of the 1981 team. Jim graduated from The Ohio State University in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration- marketing major and went on to attended Capital University Law School from 1982-1985 where he was awarded the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in Torts.He was licensed to practice law in Ohio in 1985 and in Florida in 1986. Jim also practices in Southern District Court of Ohio. He has also qualified in numerous courts in Ohio to testify as an expert in Ohio Liquor law.