Jim is an attorney with 43 years of practice on (primarily) federal matters. He was born and raised in Oregon, but has spent a significant portion of his career in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from Oregon State and the University of Oregon School of Law, Jim began his legal career as a natural resource attorney at the U.S. Department of Interior. He migrated up to Capitol Hill where he served as Rep. Al Ullman’s legislative director and on the professional staff of the House Committee on Ways & Means, which Ullman chaired (Jim also has an LLM in tax law from Georgetown). Jim began his private practice in 1981, opening a Portland branch office for Garvey Schubert Adams & Barer. Seven years later, he opened a Washington, D.C. branch for Ball Janik & Novack, continuing his commute between Portland and D.C.
After 27 years as a partner at Ball Janik, Jim was excited about the creation of Summit Strategies, where he continues his work on economic development, transportation, tax, trade, and natural resource matters. Jim commutes to DC regularly from his home in Portland, where he lives with his three teenage daughters.
In 2005, Mr. Beall received the “Best of the Bar” Award in Government Law from the Portland Business Journal, based on a peer survey of Portland’s legal community. He has also earned the AV® PreeminentTM Rating from MartindaleHubbell®, American Registry.