From 1995 to 2005, James practiced law at several prestigious US law firms. Most recently, he helped lead the Insurance Capital Markets Group of the Atlanta office of Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP. Immediately prior to that, he was a senior member of Morris, Manning & Martin LLP’s Real Estate Capital Market Group. His practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, public and private debt and equity offerings, and SEC reporting for clients in the insurance, financial services, private equity, and REIT and real estate fund industries (or for the sources of capital that fund companies in such industries).
During his tenure as an M&A and Securities lawyer, James was counsel for hundreds of transactions with combined transaction values of well over $7B USD. He represented clients in their formation, joint-venture, investment, roll-up, public and private securities offering, ongoing corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. He was primary counsel in numerous registered public offerings (including several IPOs) and private offerings of securities (including common stock, preferred stock, warrants, and senior and subordinated debt securities). During the last several years of his practice, James served as issuer’s counsel in securities offerings in excess of several billion – much of this for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and real estate funds, including Behringer Harvard Funds, a sponsor and operator of several multi-billion dollar REITs.
James obtained a B.A. in economics from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo and was awarded a Juris Doctorate with honors in law, from the University of Georgia. He is admitted to the bar of the State of Georgia. He is currently active with the Urban Land Institute.