James M. Wicks is a commercial litigator who represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state trial court, as well as in arbitration. He also brings his experience to the classroom, teaching pretrial advocacy for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Law. Jim litigates cases involving commercial, technology, real estate, insurance, contracts, banking issues, business torts, business dissolutions and breakups, franchise litigation, corporate governance and derivative and class actions. He also represents major telecommunication providers in a variety of disputes. Jim lectures, writes, counsels and litigates issues concerning attorneys, law firms and legal ethics.
How do you maintain successful client relationships while you’re helping them through what can be lengthy litigation?
It’s important to understand the client’s businesses and be sensitive to their needs and concerns. Regular communication and responsiveness are vital and so is maintaining expectations. We believe in a “no surprises” approach in terms of costs and risks. I also personally become involved with many clients outside the day-to-day business realm through charity work and actively participating on boards.
“A constant refrain we hear in the marketplace is the consistency among the lawyers at Farrell Fritz. As a result, we’re successful in both the results we get for clients and as a firm.”
What makes Farrell Fritz a successful law firm?
There is a core set of values here that never seems to change. There is a camaraderie and respect among our lawyers. We strive to maintain this culture because it enables us to serve our clients better. We work very collaboratively; people on the outside – clients and adversaries alike – see that. A constant refrain we hear in the marketplace is that there is a “consistency among the lawyers” at Farrell Fritz. This teamwork is a key factor in the successful results we achieve for our clients and as a firm.
Describe a defining moment in your career. What’s been your greatest career success?
Apart from trial and appellate victories that every lawyer relishes, I have been an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University since 2005. That’s been pretty defining for me. I genuinely enjoy the interaction with students and sharing my experiences to help law students become the best lawyers they can be. Teaching continues to help me become a better lawyer as well.