James Ward Labor & Employment
Practice Areas:
Labor & Employment

James M. Ward

Since 1976, Jim has represented school districts throughout the Eau Claire region in virtually all areas of school law. His primary concentration in recent years has been in the areas of student discipline and civil rights.

Before joining Weld Riley, Jim practiced law for over a dozen years with his mentor, the late Steve Riley, one of the school law pioneers in Wisconsin.

A past president and member of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association’s Board of Directors, Jim earned his undergraduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, he was selected as a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif in recognition of his high academic standing as a law student.


University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin Law School

Awards and Associations

Order of the Coif
Wisconsin School Attorneys Association’s Board of Directors