James H. Beckett


Jim is the CEO of new legal startup, Qualmet.  Qualmet measures the value delivered by law firms to their corporate clients.  The Qualmet process aligns expectations  through measuring, sharing and collaborating around legal and business performance metrics,  thereby creating higher satisfaction and value for both in-house and outside counsel.


Prior to taking the helm at Qualmet, Jim was Chief Business Development Officer for the law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC for almost five years.  Prior to rejoining Frost Brown Todd where he was a lawyer 14 years ago, Jim ran R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Puerto Rico for three years.  Jim also served as Senior Director of International Business Development and Senior Counsel for Reynolds American Inc. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, prior to moving his family to Puerto Rico in 2008.  


Jim has a Marketing degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.  Following undergrad, Jim worked five years between Frito-Lay, Haagen-Dazs and Kentucky Fried Chicken in sales management and operations, before entering law school at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-- Bloomington.  Jim graduated from law school in 1998 and practiced at Frost Brown Todd in the Venture Capital, M&A and General Corporate areas.


Jim is happily married to Angela who, for over 14 years, has been his confidant and best friend.  Jim and Angela have a son, Holden, who is 10 and in the 4th  grade.  Being an extraordinary father and husband are two of Jim’s greatest goals, and he works hard to meet those mandates.


Jim and his family are members of Burnett Ave Baptist Church in Louisville, KY and Jim mentors 2nd, 3rd and 7th graders at the West End School, also in Louisville.  Outside of family and church, Jim enjoys reading fiction and business innovation books on his iPad, as well as making sure Kentucky’s bourbon industry stays in business.    Finally, Jim is a music aficionado to the point of having his iTunes account now under the supervision and management of his wife Angela.


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