James E. Vann

James E. Vann: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Jim is a member of the Banking and Finance and Mortgage Services Practice Groups . He represents banks and other lenders in connection with all types of lending and workout activities, including commercial and industrial loans, as well as real estate loans. Jim represents developers and owners of multi-family, industrial, and other commercial real estate in the acquisition, sale, leasing, and financing of such properties. Jim serves as general counsel to various businesses and companies, advising the clients on a broad range of business issues, while coordinating delivery to them of our firm’s legal services.

What is the best part of your job?

It’s really a combination of two activities. First, I really like talking with clients about their goals and what they are trying to accomplish. It’s fun and rewarding to help clients come up with different ways to structure and document transactions that satisfy the competing concerns of the parties, such as buyer/seller or lender/borrower. Second, I love drafting specialized and unique provisions of contracts that precisely and accurately capture the intent of the parties to the deal. Drafting often gives me the chance to work with some really talented lawyers, and that’s fun too. The variety of types of contracts is almost endless. While the “boilerplate” is important, it’s the “tailor-made” sections that are fun.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

I have had the good fortune to work in many different areas of law and business when I had no clue what I was doing. And, yet, I survived. Everything from small-time criminal matters to sophisticated tax planning. I even had the opportunity to represent a group of employees who were treated very badly. We put their former employer in involuntary bankruptcy and got the employees a little compensation for violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. It was probably one of the first “WARN” cases filed. I was called crazy by quite a few smart lawyers for that one, but there were some happy people when the checks went out. I guess I’m a product of the “fake it till you make it mentality.

Who has inspired you in your career?

Dr. Sarah Posey Morgan, a professor of business law and similar courses at the University of Montevallo, deserves a great deal of credit for my career. I majored in accounting at Montevallo and wanted to be a CPA. Dr. Morgan literally drove me to hear Warren Berger, a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, speak at UAB. I loved his speech and wanted to be able to communicate like he did.

Dr. Morgan told me I thought like a lawyer and should go to law school. She’s a great example of the power of a teacher. Frank Barefield of Abbey Residential has also been a source of inspiration. I bought him lunch at a Quincy’s restaurant in about 1986 or 1987 and asked him to send me some business if he could. Frank has always had a lot of confidence in me, and that, to me, is a source of tremendous inspiration. Frank and complexity are close companions and that’s good for a transactional lawyer.

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•Chambers USA
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating


Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney

The Best Lawyers in America

•Banking and Finance Law (2012-2019)
•Chambers USA
•Banking and Finance (2017-2018)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Thought Leadership

•Represents clients in many areas of business law and finance

•Represents clients with respect to real estate development

•Represents clients in Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges

•Represents lenders and borrowers in both real estate and asset based loans


•Ten Sirote Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Secured Lending
  • Financial Institutions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5484  Phone
205.212.3806  Fax
University Attended:
Montevallo University, B.S., cum laude, 1976
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981, Alabama


•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants
•American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•Birmingham Bar Association

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, 1953

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (2 reviews)
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