James L. Henderson, III

James L. Henderson, III: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


With more than 35 years’ experience in public finance and investment banking, Jim Henderson helps his clients build consensus, secure million dollar financing and maximize their investments. Working from both the Atlanta and New York City offices, Jim counsels clients in the areas of finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, tax-exempt compliance, securities and governance.

Jim’s clients include the State of Georgia, several U.S. cities and counties, large hospital systems, colleges and universities, school districts and other nonprofit entities throughout the country. He has represented investment banking firms in connection with project financings on both a taxable and tax-exempt basis.

A longtime champion of diversity across the legal field, Jim served as Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Chief Diversity Officer for more than four years. He also served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 1996 to 2005 and has been a personal mentor to many of the firm’s diverse attorneys.

Selected Experience

Served as Duke University Health System's counsel in $300 million bond offering.
Served as Spelman College's counsel on bond offering, series 2012.
Seminary engaged firm to form Middle East-focused fund of funds.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law (2008-2018)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2006)

(Also at Atlanta, Georgia Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Private Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of North Carolina, B.A., Morehead Scholar
Law School Attended:
University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
Year of First admission:
1976, Georgia. (Not admitted in New York)

Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Past Chair, Board of Directors, Equal Justice Works, the largest provider of postgraduate public-interest law fellowships in the country (Washington, D.C.)
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Past Chair and Current Member, Board of Directors, High Museum of Art (Atlanta)
Board of Directors, Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta)
Member, Board of Directors, Auburn Theological Seminary (New York)
National Advisory Board, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Member, Fortson Charitable Trust

Birth Information:
Griffin, Georgia, October 22, 1951
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