A Minnesota native, Jack received a bachelor's degree in Communications and Theater from St. John's University and after working with several Twin City theatrical production companies, including Minnesota Opera, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters and Minneapolis Children's Theater went to California to pursue and earn a Masters degree in Drama from San Francisco State University. He remained in California utilizing his skills as a teacher on the staff at Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and as President of the Northern California Chapter of US Institute for Theatre Technology until he chose to return to Minnesota to attend law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
His original goal was to translate the analytical and communication skills his theater experiences had taught him into the litigation arena, but Jack has learned over more than 36 years in his new profession to apply those same skills to other areas for a variety of clients. Some of his clients have relied on him for their personal and business law needs for 10 years or more. In some cases, he has represented 3 generations of business owners as the children and grandchildren succeeded older family members in closely held companies.
During his lengthy legal practice Jack has actively represented clients in many business matters: focused on corporate and transactional matters, including drafting a wide variety of documents such as entity formation and governing documents, purchase, construction, manufacturing, distribution, consulting, intellectual property and finance contracts. When called upon, he continues to advocate for clients in a variety of adversary matters - through negotiation, litigation and ADR, and in state and federal courts.
Beginning in his early years at the Bar, he practiced primarily in the Personal Injury arena, and was responsible for numerous No Fault Auto, Product Liability, Medical Negligence and other general negligence matters. To this day, Jack advises clients and others on auto accident, products liability and medical malpractice claims and continues to be appointed by the Minnesota No Fault Standing Committee as an Arbitrator.