Jim Southwick joined Medtronic in 2002, as senior legal counsel for its Core Neurological business. In 2006, he became Vice President for International Regulatory Strategy. He became Deputy General Counsel, International, in 2009, and assumed his present position in 2012.
Before Medtronic, Jim practiced law in Minneapolis and Washington DC. In 1993-1997, Jim worked at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, as Assistant General Counsel and then as head of the USTR Japan office.
Jim earned his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989, his MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987, and his BA in International Relations from Carleton College in 1984.