Jim Ouellette is Hull Barrett’s newest associate.
Jim graduated from Notre Dame Law School and served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for 21 years. After retirement from the JAG Corps as a Navy Commander, Jim joined Hull Barrett. Hull Barrett posted his professional bio here but also wanted the community get to know him on a personal level. Here is what Jim had to say in a recent interview:
Let’s start off with something easy. What is your favorite snack food?
After spending three years in Italy, I would instinctively answer “red wine.” However, if I must stick to “food” I do admit that I enjoy home-made chocolate chip cookies, especially when still soft and warm.
Wine and cookies! Good answer. Now for a question about your field: what fascinates you about the legal industry?
As an attorney, I get to take part in a very complex and dynamic legal system which, although constantly, continues to operate on two very simple principles: (1) seek justice, and (2) protect the innocent.
What do you value in leadership?
A true leader sets the example, learns from the individuals they work with, and makes others want to follow them through trust in their capabilities and faith in their motivations. There is no such thing as “leadership by being a jerk.” I value those who inspire and lead from the front by example, not those who push from behind.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about ensuring the safety and welfare of children. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights that belong to the young, to include necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, education, safe and stable home environments, and personal safety.
Let’s bring it local. What is your favorite thing about the CSRA?
First and foremost, I have to thank the CSRA for producing my beautiful wife. As a person, she embodies much of what I love about the CSRA: a positive disposition, cheerfulness, and ambition. I’m excited to be settling into a military friendly community that is on the rise, working hard to improve business opportunities, education, employment, and essential services.
Here is one of the most important questions and what everyone really wants to know: what is your favorite sports team?
I am all about the University of Notre Dame – GO IRISH!
Back to law for a minute. What was your most interesting case?
In 2001, when internet protection was misunderstood and there were few computer experts available to testify, I defended an individual who was charged with accessing child pornography on a library computer that had been infected with malware that was causing innocent searches to redirect to certain adult websites. The case involved finding and qualifying an “expert” to explain search history to a low-tech audience and then arguing that the viewing of thumbnail photographs did not violate federal law in that case.
Traveling new legal terrain must be fascinating. Let’s end with some interesting facts about you.
I’ve traveled to twenty six countries, lived in three, appeared as an extra on television shows in two, and served as a diplomatic liaison in one.
Before graduating high school, I once rode on a bus through Chicago while sitting next to George Lucas – he assured me that “Return of the Jedi” would not be the last Star Wars movie.