Jim Lawrence

Jim is a member and co-leader of the firm’s higher education team which works with institutions and their leadership to navigate the complex regulatory, federal enforcement, intellectual property, commercial and litigation challenges such institutions confront on a daily basis. He serves as Acting General Counsel of a multi-campus private university. In addition to his role as Acting General Counsel, he routinely advises higher education clients regarding compliance with all laws and regulations; faculty compensation; Title IX controversies; campus safety; online learning; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and effective ways to manage and control risks.


In addition to his higher education practice, Jim has vast experience as a commercial litigator and trial lawyer handling a wide range of disputes arising in the U.S. and abroad. Jim serves as the Commercial Disputes Leader for BCLP's Kansas City office.  He routinely represents some of the largest financial institutions, insurance companies and other national and multinational corporations in complex litigation involving loan disputes, breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices, among other matters. He has successfully represented clients in disputes with more than six hundred million dollars at issue. Jim is experienced in litigation matters including lender liability claims; compliance with federal laws and regulations; breach of fiduciary duty claims; contract disputes; ownership disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of closely held businesses; trade secret and non-competition claims; class action claims; and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Lawrence has experience advising clients from the investigation phase through trial and appeal for matters pending in state and federal court, including representations in bankruptcy court, the Missouri Public Service Commission, and before multiple courts simultaneously. 

Mr. Lawrence began his legal career with Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP in New York City.  

Prior to law school, he worked in advertising and later as an executive with Atlantic Records in New York City.