Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but moved to Southern California, along with his parents and siblings, at the age of six. He attended the University of Southern California on a debate scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1975. After graduation, Jim worked for Hughes Aircraft and Xerox Corporation, the latter in marketing and sales. Then law school intervened.
Jim returned to the University of Southern California, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 1984. After a year clerking for the Honorable Margaret Morris on the California Court of Appeals, he joined the Costa Mesa firm of Drummy Garrett King & Harrison LLP. Subsequently, Jim joined the San Francisco based Graham & James LLP, where he was a partner for eight years.
In 1999, Jim started his own law practice, McQueen & Ashman LLP, in Irvine, California. He practices business litigation, handling a wide variety of disputes in venues as diverse as the Hague in the Netherlands, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., and Orange County Superior Court in our own Santa Ana, California. Jim has lived in Laguna Beach for about a decade. He is presently the President of OC Human Relations Advisory Board, and has served many years on the Board of Trustees of the Laguna Art Museum and, before that, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. His favorite pursuits, besides practicing law, are reading, writing and seeing the world.