Jim Ziglar has over 50 years of experience in law, finance, management, and public policy.  Drawing on his background in management,  banking, and government, he provides strategic business and policy advice to a broad range of clients on issues relating to energy and natural resources, health care, public infrastructure finance, homeland security, and legislative matters.

Jim retired in 2008 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of biometric technologies.  Before joining Cross Match Technologies in 2005, Jim was a Managing Director and Chief Business Strategist at UBS Financial Services, Inc. in New York. 

Jim has over 16 years of experience in investment banking, including 10 years with UBS, prior to departing in 1998 to serve as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate.  From August 2001 until his retirement from federal service in December 2002, Jim served as the last Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Before rejoining UBS in 2004, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics.  Jim practiced law from 1973 to 1980, providing legal services for public infrastructure, health care, and water and power projects.

In addition to his positions as Commissioner of the INS and as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate, Jim has served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, as a congressional and public affairs officer at the Department of Justice, and as an aide to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Experience
  • Professional Affiliations

    Director, Forward Industries, Inc.

    Director, Integrated Biometric, Inc.

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Migration Policy Institute

    Member, President's Circle of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

    Honorary Director, National Water Resources Association

    Former Director and Chairman, Radiation Effects Research Foundation (Hiroshima, Japan)

    Former Director, Water Science and Technology Board, National Academy of Sciences

    Former Advisory Group Member, Gulf of Mexico Programs, National Academy of Sciences

    Emeritus Director, Human Rights First

  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    District of Columbia Bar
    New York State Bar
    Virginia State Bar
    Arizona State Bar
  • Government Service

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service,  2001-2002
    Legislative and Public Affairs Special Assistant,1971-1972

    U.S. Senate

    Sergeant at Arms, 1998 – 2001
    Staff Assistant, 1964-1971

    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, 1987-1989

    U.S. Supreme Court

    Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, 1972-1973
  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership


George Washington University School of Law J.D., 1972

George Washington University B.A., 1968