Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He practiced law for 36 years before retiring in June 2019: 10 years as a labor, employment and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr; 3 years as general counsel for Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates; and 23 years as the associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University. His academic career also includes stints as a faculty member at UT-Austin and Widener Law School, and as a communication director at Case Western Reserve.
Currently, he devotes his full-time to writing, teaching and training. He is the chief consultant for Holland Media Services, LLC, a freelance writing, training, and communications company headquartered in Los Angeles; a founding member of LMC Conflict Training & Conciliation, Inc., and a shareholder and officer of the International Cyber, Privacy & Compliance Risk Institute, both located in Greater Philadelphia.