About Jim

Jim is a partner with the firm's corporate, tax and mergers and acquisitions practice groups. His practice for over 30 years has concentrated on business and corporate law, with an emphasis on the representation of U.S. and foreign clients in a wide variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, other transactions, equity and debt financings, tax planning, and governance advice. Transactions have involved private and public companies, private equity groups, venture capital funds, entrepreneurs and family offices. Jim advises entities and their governing bodies on governance issues and fiduciary obligation issues and represents senior corporate executives in their employment and severance packages.  Jim also has significant experience in succession planning, wealth management, and estate planning.

Jim represents, and is responsible for handling and overseeing the commercial legal needs of domestic and foreign companies in various industries such as business services, technology, life sciences, transportation, construction, manufacturing, real estate, telecommunications, and energy.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented private equity groups in various acquisitions.
  • Represented various companies in transactions with private equity groups.
  • Represented U.S. public telecommunications company in various acquisitions.
  • Represented non-U.S. public company in its U.S. operations.
  • Represented U.S. logistics company in various non-U.S. strategic alliances, and establishment of foreign affiliates.
  • Represented various foreign entities with investments in U.S. companies and real estate.
  • Represented U.S. companies in restructuring of affiliated companies in U.S. and Europe.
  • Represented companies in bridge loan financing related to strategic acquisition.
  • Represented life science company in license of gene delivery and expression system; transaction was featured in IP Law and Business.
  • Represented life science companies with spin-off from universities and related licensing with universities of intellectual property.
  • Represented business services companies in various roll-up acquisitions.
  • Represented various companies in leveraged ESOP transactions.
  • Represented gas marketing company in Bankruptcy Section 363 sale.
  • Represented U.S. supplier in various acquisitions under assignment for the benefit of creditors statutes in various states.
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Member, Board of Directors (2014, 2015)
  • American Bar Association, Member, Corporate & Banking, International, and Taxation Sections; International Section: International M & A Joint Venture Committee, International Commercial Transactions, and Franchising and Distribution Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (Afhe), Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member
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Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite (Business Law) (2013)
  • Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite (Corporate Law) (2013)
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Publications and Presentations

  • Client Alert: Restrictive Covenants: A Cautionary Tale (August 2, 2011).
  • Client Alert: Georgia Retreats From Its Historic Hostility Toward Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements, But Employers May Have to Wait To Take Advantage (December 7, 2010).
  • Client Alert: Your Clients Have Offshore Accounts or Investments - Keeping Them Out of the Crosshairs of the IRS (April 17, 2009).
 
 
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