James B. Jordan

James B. Jordan: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


With more than 30 years of diverse and extensive experience in commercial real estate, Jim Jordan guides his clients in complex transactions of all types, including purchase and sale, lending, development, leasing and joint venture matters. Jim’s clients are located throughout the United States and are involved in all aspects of commercial real estate projects-office, industrial, retail, multifamily and mixed-use.

As part of his practice, Jim regularly advises on transactions involving partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and corporations, and he understands the structuring and organizational aspects of each entity type.

Over the course of his career, Jim has seen commercial real estate transactions become more complicated and complex. He has represented lenders, borrowers, owners and tenants in distressed real estate transactions including workouts, foreclosures, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Jim chairs the firm’s Retail Team and devotes substantial time to retail development and leasing matters. He represents developers and retailers in diverse product types ranging from freestanding facilities to neighborhood and power-center developments to enclosed regional malls.

Selected Experience

Represented Fuqua Development in development of mixed-use and retail projects in Denver, metropolitan Atlanta, Colorado and across the Southeast.
Represented the Sembler Company in Town Brookhaven mixed use development.
Represented Holder Properties in real estate development and leasing matters across the United States.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of real estate (2004-2017)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2009-2012, 2015-2017)

Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? in the area of real estate (2008-2012)

Recipient, George A. Pindar Award , State Bar of Georgia Real Property Law Section (2015)

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Real Estate
  • Acquisition & Development
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Data Centers
  • Leasing
  • Office & Industrial
  • Pension Fund & Tax Exempt Investments
  • Retail
  • Mixed Use
  • Multifamily & Affordable Housing

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.B.A., with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Year of First admission:
1980, Georgia

Professional Activities
Co-Chair, Legal Opinion Committee, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (1997, 2008-2009)
Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Chair, Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (1999)
Member, Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (1992-2000)
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Member, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Birth Information:
Traverse City, Michigan, July 17, 1955

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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