Jim received his B.A. degree from Wabash College in 1951, and received his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1956 after two years of service in the United States Marine Corps., which included service in Korea during the Korean conflict.
Jim has represented clients in the sale and acquisition of various business enterprises in addition to his probate practice. He was attorney for the founder of Indiana Natural Gas Corporation in 1960 and served as its secretary and board member for many years. He has also represented clients before state and local administrative bodies and agencies in areas including utility, zoning, health and alcoholic beverage and general permitting matters.
Jim joined the firm of Quinn, Howard and Clark, in 1957. His brother, Alex Clark, had been a Municipal Court Judge and Mayor of Indianapolis before entering the practice in 1957 with Thomas M. Quinn and Joseph Howard. After the retirement of Thomas M. Quinn and the death of Joe Howard, the firm became Clark and Clark and grew to become the present day firm of Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP.
Jim served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1963 and 1964. He has also served on the Metropolitan Plan Commission Zoning Board as well as the Marion County Variance Board. He was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1985.
Jim has served on many civic group boards as an officer and/or director including the American Business Club, St. Vincent Hospital, Columbia Club, One Hundred Club, Marion County Republican Veterans, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team. Jim is also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and the American Legion.