Jim is a partner in the Civil Litigation Practice at Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office. Jim’s practice emphasizes product liability defense in cases involving fire and explosion. Jim has extensive nationwide experience in both state and federal courts as national counsel for major consumer appliance manufactures.
Jim graduated from Marquette University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 1991.
After gaining five years of experience as an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County, Jim became President of the independent adjusting firms of R.S. Rozak & Company (property) and Casualty Adjusting Services, Inc. (casualty). In 1999, he returned to litigation as counsel to the Commercial Property Department of Kemper Insurance.
Jim recently finished his tenure as the Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Fire and Casualty Specialized Litigation Group.
He has made numerous presentations in the area of product liability law, including acting as a Featured Speaker at the 2009 National Fire Protection Association’s Conference and Exposition on the topic of “Extinguishing Evidentiary Challenges with NFPA 921.” He has authored articles on defense strategies and evidence preservation, covering the subjects of electrocutions, arson, and the use of NFPA 921, the National Fire Protection Association’s guide for best practice in fire and explosion investigations.