“America’s Negotiating Coach” Jim Thomas isn’t just a bestselling author – he’s also a Washington, D.C. attorney, speaker, trainer, coach, media personality, founder and CEO of Common Ground, and one of the most acclaimed and respected negotiators in the world. For more than three decades, top organizations have chosen Jim to negotiate their most important agreements. Jim has negotiated everything from mergers and acquisitions and international business transactions to environmental, labor, and arms control agreements. A frequent television guest and a popular speaker, Jim sits on several corporate boards and teaches at the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s a graduate of UCLA and the Georgetown University Law Center, and lives with his wife Jacqueline in Washington, DC and Sunset Beach, NC, USA.