Jim Carolan: Lawyer with Withers Bergman LLP

Jim Carolan

Greenwich,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone203 302 4100

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Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Art law
  • Charities and not-for-profit
  • Corporate
  • Residential real estate
  • Italy
  • Real estate
  • Personal
  • Philanthropy & charitable giving
Contact InfoTelephone: 203 302 4100
Fax: 203 869 0558
University Cornell University, A.B., 1982; Stanford University Graduate School, M.A., 1984
Law SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1989
Admitted1989, Connecticut; 2006, Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK; 2007, District of Columbia; 2008, New York


•President, Friends of FAI - The Foundation for the Italian Environment Foundation, Inc.
•Board Member, Saint Raphael Healthcare System
•Board Member, Center for American Studies Society
•Honorary Trustee, The St. Thomas More Corporation
•National Association of College and University Attorneys
•fellow, Timothy Dwight College, Yale University
•Co-Founding member of Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers Group

BornGlen Cove, New York, February 22, 1959

Jim leads the firm's US Real Estate practice which handles both residential and commercial transactions, particularly for foreign real estate investors and for organizations in the commercial, non-profit, luxury, hotel and art sectors.

Jim combines his experience from his 14 years as the Associate General Counsel for Yale University to provide clients in the non-profit world with advice on real estate, endowment and commercial engagements of many kinds.

Jim is also a member of our US Italian Desk working closely with our commercial team in the US and our offices in Milan and Padua to assist with cross-border commercial and real estate transactions and acting as liaison with our Italian clients and investors interested in Italy.

Year joined


Year became partner


News & publications

Nuova imposta sugli immobili detenuti all'estero
New Italian Tax on Foreign Real Estate
Mandatory Reporting Obligation for Non-US Direct Investments in US Business Enterprises
Millstone or hidden gem: profiting from your premises
Novita Primavera/Spring 2010
Il mercato immobiliare statunitense attrae gli investitori italiani
Mining Silver From a Gray Real Estate Market: Hidden Value in Leases
NYC Hospital Secures $100MM Bank Loan
Community foundations - a U.S. concept making a difference in U.K. philanthropy
The real story on U.S. real estate
Native American art & artifacts: is there a “rightful” owner?


•$100 million financing for New York healthcare organization.
•Drafting retail, office and ground leases for US and foreign art galleries, museums, luxury fashion and other tenants.
•Structuring and closing luxury residential transactions, including one of the largest sales recorded in US history.
•Represented foreign investor in acquisition of key stake in prime Boston retail property.
•Represented Italian company in acquisition of South Carolina factory.
•Advised international retailer on US leasing.

Publications and speaking engagements

•Speaker, Commercial Real Estate Financing 2013, Practising Law Institute, February 2013.
•Co-Author, New Italian Tax on Foreign Real Estate, Withers Bergman LLP Briefing Note, March 2012.
•Presenter, Legal Aspects and Transactions of the Townhouse Market, Leslie Garfield Real Estate, March 2012.
•Presenter, Representing the Foreign Buyer, Stribling & Associates, March 2012.
•Presenter, Inbound Foreign Investors, Eastside Owners Association, February 2012.
•Moderator, Families, Family Offices and Real Estate, New York Real Estate Expo, November 2011.
• Author of Owning US Real Estate: Depressed US Real Estate Yields a Rare Second Chance at Proper Structuring, Offshore Investment, October 2011.

On a personal note

Jim enjoys cooking in his free time. His wife says that's because he has so little of it. (Also at New York, New York and New Haven Offices)


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Jim Carolan

660 Steamboat Road
GreenwichCT 06830-7150


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