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.
Sutherland represents Fuqua Development in development of mixed-use and retail projects in Denver, metropolitan Atlanta, Colorado and across the Southeast.
Sutherland represents the Sembler Company in Town Brookhaven mixed use development.
Sutherland represents 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 (2004-2016)
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2009-2012, 2015)
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)
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