James J. Scheinkman

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  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
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Biography

Jim Scheinkman is a practice group leader of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. His practice focuses on assisting mid-market companies and their owners in mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, corporate governance and shareholder dispute resolution, securities offerings, technology development and transfers, executive compensation and other corporate and commercial matters. Jim also serves as a trusted advisor for a variety of mid-market businesses.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• M&A Closings: “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over,” Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (November 5, 2018)
• Corporate Governance and Board of Directors Issues (Training Program for Pro Bono Nonprofit Organizations Legal Assessment Clinic), Presenter, ACC-SoCal, Public Law Center, UCI Law, Irvine, Ca (May 10, 2018)
• Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent in Mergers and Acquisitions, Presenter, Lorman Education Services, Webinar (February 14, 2018)
• The Seaworthy Seller: Preparing for the M&A Voyage. Author, Orange County Business Journal (November 6, 2017)
• Orange County United Way Welcomes James Scheinkman to the Board of Directors, Snell & Wilmer Press Release (July 19, 2017)
• Letters of Intent: Tips on How to Properly Start the M&A Process, Co-Presenter, OC Healthcare Financial Network, Irvine, CA (June 9, 2017)
• Business Transition Checklist: Key legal (and some business) considerations for a smooth and profitable business transition, Presenter, Business Transition Symposium, Newport Beach, CA (May 17, 2017)
• Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent in Mergers and Acquisitions, Presenter, Lorman Education Services, Webinar (February 14, 2017)
• The Tie that Binds: Enforceability of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (November 14, 2016)
• What a Drag (-Along)! - Dealing with minority owners in M&A deals, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (November 9, 2015)
• M&A Secrets Revealed? Protecting a seller's attorney communications, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (September 29, 2014)
• Clinic in a BoxSM Program (Training Program for Non-profit Entity Intake - Legal Forms and Governance), Presenter, ACC-SoCal, Public Law Center, Corporate Pro Bono (February 5, 2014)
• Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent to Buy or Sell a Business, Presenter, Chapman University, Orange, CA (March 26, 2014)
• Negotiating Letters of Intent in M&A Transactions, Presenter, USC Gould School of Law Course, Los Angeles, CA (February 2014)
• Successful Growth Through Acquisitions, Author, Orange County Business Journal (September 30, 2013)
• Enforceable or Unenforceable? Examining Commonly Used Contract Provisions, Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel SoCal, Long Beach, CA (June 11, 2013)
• 'Plan B' for Rule 10b5-1 Plans, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (April 1, 2013)
• Negotiating Letters of Intent in M&A Transactions, Presenter, USC Gould School of Law Course, Los Angeles, California (January 2013)
• Goodwill Hunting: Enforcing Non-Competes in California M&A Transactions, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (September 24, 2012)
• Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent in Mergers and Acquisitions, Presenter, Lorman Education Services, Audio Conference (May 22, 2012)
• Private Target M&A Deal Points: An Interactive Case Study, Presenter, Private Equity Association Los Angeles (PEALA), Los Angeles (March 8, 2012)
• Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent to Buy or Sell a Business, Presenter, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles (January 30, 2012)
• Advising business owners who hate their partners, Co-Author, Daily Journal (January 19, 2012)
• Representing Business Owners Who Hate Their Partners: Resolving Shareholder Disputes, Presenter, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County (November 30, 2011)
• Buyer Beware: Creditor claims in asset purchases, Author, Orange County Business Journal (September 19, 2011)
• The M&A Case Study: Key Strategies for Negotiating Letters of Intent to Buy or Sell a Business, Presenter, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Orange County (October 1, 2010)
• Separate and Unequal Treatment in M&A Deals? Director Duties to Different Classes of Shareholders, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (August 23, 2010)
• Our Orange County Winter of Discontent, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (November 24, 2008)
• Private Equity Acquisitions and Directors' Duties, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal Supplement (August 27, 2007)
• Reading Between the M&A Lines, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal Supplement (July 31, 2006)
• Selling Your Business to a Private Equity Firm, Author, Orange County Business Journal (January 9, 2006)
• Buying and Selling a Business in California, Lorman Presentation (October 27, 2004)
• Attorneys and Corporate Governance: Life After Sarbanes-Oxley, Orange County Bar Association Section Meeting (November 19, 2002)
• Audit Committees: Revising Their Duties and Enhancing Their Effectiveness, American Electronics Association, Orange County Chapter (October 10, 2002)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
•The Best Lawyers in America, Securities Regulation (2007-2019); Corporate Governance and Compliance Law (2007-2014)
•Southern California Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2006-2010, 2014-2016)
•Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service, State Bar of California (2013)
•Nick Yocca Award of Distinction & Merit, Association of Corporate Growth, Orange County Chapter (2011)
•Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions - Business Edition (2011)
•Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions - Corporate Counsel Edition (2009)

Community Involvement

•Orange County United Way, Tocqueville Society
•South Coast Repertory, Audience Development Committee

Related News & Events

Nov 05
M&A Closings: “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” Orange County Business Journal

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Jun 07
Snell & Wilmer Continues Partnership With Orange County United Way With the 2018 United Way Campaign

Nov 06
The Seaworthy Seller: Preparing for the M&A Voyage. Orange County Business Journal

Sep 12
Orange County United Way Honors Snell & Wilmer with the Spirit of Orange Award

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 19
Orange County United Way Welcomes James Scheinkman to the Board of Directors

Jan 17
Snell & Wilmer Renews Commitment to Los Angeles Moves to 31st Floor of Two California Plaza

Nov 14
The Tie that Binds: Enforceability of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders Orange County Business Journal

Jul 01
Southern California Super Lawyers Recognizes Sixteen Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 15
What a Drag (-Along): Dealing with minority owners in M&A deals Orange County Business Journal

Feb 05
Southern California Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 13 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Sep 29
M&A Secrets Revealed? Protecting a seller's attorney communications Orange County Business Journal

Aug 05
Seven Attorneys From Snell & Wilmer's California Offices Contribute to Los Angeles Adoption Day Program

Sep 30
Successful Growth Through Acquisitions Orange County Business Journal

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 01
Plan B for Rule 10b5-1 Plans

Sep 24
Goodwill Hunting: Enforcing Non-Competes in California M&A Transactions

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

May 08
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Jim Scheinkman Presenting Key Strategies in Negotiating Letters of Intent in M&A's

Feb 27
Snell & Wilmer Closes Innovative Joint Venture Transaction For Brandman University

Jan 19
Advising business owners who hate their partners

Nov 10
Snell & Wilmer Partner to Present at Orange County Bar Association Program

Sep 19
Buyer Beware: Creditor claims in asset purchases

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

May 16
Snell & Wilmer Partner Honored By Local ACG Chapter

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Aug 23
Separate and Unequal Treatment of M&A Deals? Director Duties to Different Classes of Shareholders

Jun 22
Sixty-Seven Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2010

Related Publications

Feb 08
California’s Gender Diversity on Boards Law and Its Broader Implications for Public and Private Companies

Jan 04
Corporate Communicator - January 2010 Preparation Guide for the Upcoming Annual Report and Proxy Season Preparation Guide for the Upcoming Annual Report and Proxy Season

Apr 17
2008 Orange County Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Canada
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Education
  • Emerging Business
  • Fund Formation and Investment
  • Government Relations
  • International
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Non-Profit/Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
714.427.7037  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
State University of New York, Binghamton, B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, with distinction, 1980
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
United States District Court, Central District of California; Supreme Court of New York; Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Massachusetts; California; New York; Supreme Court of California; United States District Court, Southern District of California
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•Association for Corporate Growth, Orange County Chapter (2000-present), Board of Directors (2000-2011, 2015-present), President (2005-2006)
•Forum for Corporate Directors
•American Bar Association, Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Studies (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
•Orange County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section, Chair (1999), Officer (1996-1999); Corporate Counsel Section, Co-Chair (1994-1995)

Birth Information:
New Rochelle, New York, September 29, 1958
ISLN:
903993102
Transactions:
Representative Transactions: Jim Scheinkman has served as the lead attorney in the following representative transactions: Represented Brandman University (part of the Chapman University System) in a 2012 joint venture to create a new college providing Dual Language English Immersion degree programs for native Spanish speakers; Represented GHD in its 2011 acquisition of Winzler & Kelly; Represented Intri-Plex Technologies, Inc., in its 2010 sale to MMI Precision Technologies Limited; Represented largest shareholder of an aerospace company in an $850 million sale to a public company; Represented buying shareholders in buyout of principal shareholder of an exhaust component company in 2010; Represented the buying shareholder in buyout of major shareholder in a construction products company in 2009; Represented the buying shareholder in buyout of major shareholder in RV park and related real estate holding company in 2009; Represented the sellers in the sale of majority control of prosthetic company to two private equity groups in 2008; Represented an employee-owned, international architectural firm in a complex corporate reorganization; Represented the acquirer in the recapitalization and debt financing, as well as in the equity fund formation and equity raise of Pro-Motion Distributing, a leading distributor of branded specialty automotive aftermarket parts; Represented the seller in the original sale and subsequent repurchase of a provider of construction and maintenance services to the telecommunications industry, to a global industrial equipment and manufacturing company; Represented a franchisee in roll-up of a large food industry franchisee involving approximately 20 partnerships

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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Affiliations

Lex Mundi

Costa Mesa, California

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