Jim assists clients, often in a multi-jurisdictional transactions, in buying, financing, developing, leasing and selling real estate and related assets, including: structuring joint ventures among developers, investors and landowners; financing real estate acquisition and development through equity investment, mezzanine lending and asset-based lending (both lender and borrower representation); developing retail projects, including site acquisition, master planning and leasing (both landlord and tenant representation); buying and selling electrical generation and transmission facilities; and structuring public/private real estate ventures.
Representative Professional Experience
Developed standard forms and procedures for equity investments and mezzanine loan transactions for a Columbus OH insurance company.
Served as the lead real estate counsel for a retail company while it grew from less than 10 stores into a Fortune 500 retailer with more than 400 'big box' stores internationally.
Represented a major utility in acquiring and disposing of interests in electrical generating stations, including related switchyards and transmission facilities.
Represented the developer of a 500,000 square foot class A high-rise office building, including a condominiumized parking garage beneath a public park.
Represented the developer of a 500-acre commercial, industrial and research center based on a 99-year ground lease of municipal land.
Represented the developer of a 1000-acre residential subdivision financed by a retirement fund for public employees.
Honors & Awards
2010 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating (25 years)
2010 Best Lawyers in America (20 years)
2010 Southwest Super Lawyers (5 years)
1000 'People to Know in Arizona Real Estate', AZRE magazine (2009)
Recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee for work on monitoring elections and business law reform in the former Soviet Union.
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