James E. Uschold
Owner, Principal Attorney
Jim started practicing law in 1990 and began handling tax sale matters in 2001. Jim and Louisiana Tax Sale Lawyers are now focused almost exclusively on tax sale matters and related property issues. Jim was involved in the 2008 tax sale law revisions and is a member of the Louisiana Law Institute’s Tax Sales Committee currently working to revise Louisiana’s tax sale laws for the benefit of taxing authorities, tax collectors, tax sale investors, and property owners.
While Louisiana Tax Sale Lawyers now limits representation to tax sale investors, the firm’s prior experience representing property owners gives the firm a perspective on the issues and legal arguments that are likely to be raised by tax debtors and others in potential nullity actions.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1989.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (fka University of Southwestern Louisiana),
M.S. Communications, 1984.
Gonzaga University, B.A. Broadcasting, magna cum laude, 1981.
In addition to serving as a member of the Louisiana Law Institute Tax Sales Committee, Jim has shared his tax sale knowledge with other attorneys and investors by teaching a continuing legal education class and by presenting a seminar on tax sale investing to the New Orleans Real Estate Investors’ Association.
NON-TAX SALE EXPERIENCE
In law school, Jim clerked for Proskauer Rose in Washington D.C., working on copyright, trademark, and labor law matters. He worked for personal injury firms from 1989 to 1992 while also representing his own clients. He began his own law firm as a solo practitioner in 1995. From 1992 to 2001 he worked on major patent infringement litigation representing the inventors of major athletic shoe improvements adopted throughout the industry. On behalf of Hockeron-Halberstadt, Inc, he brought lawsuits against such companies as Nike, Reebok, L.A. Gear, Saucony. He negotiated settlements with dozens of other athletic shoe manufacturers.
He has obtained two judgments over $1 million. One was against Propet, Inc., a Seattle shoe company found liable for patent infringement. The other was a multi-million dollar judgment against a Louisiana entity. That case eventually settled on confidential terms.
In addition to his legislative work on tax sale matters, Jim worked on the 2013 revisions to the City of New Orleans code enforcement ordinances. He later represented the Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity, working to legalize short-term rentals in New Orleans.
COURT ADMISSIONS AND APPEARANCES / PROFESSIONAL COMMISSIONS
Jim is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts.
Jim is commissioned Notary Public.
Jim has been admitted to practice in the following federal courts:
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal
U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Louisiana
Middle District of Louisiana
Western District of Louisiana
Central District of California (pro hac vice)
Western District of Washington (pro hac vice)