James C. Palmer

James C. Palmer: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Jim Palmer has practiced commercial real estate law for 30 years and over that time he has experience in handling a wide variety of transactions. During the 1980s he represented lenders in commercial lending, handled a variety of lease negotiations and represented developers of various types of projects, including office buildings and hotels. In the early 1990s Jim gained experience with loan restructuring transactions and later did a lot of work for a large bank’s national real estate lending group based in Atlanta. The transactions for that client were secured and unsecured lines of credit and term loans to REITs and other large real estate companies. Over the past decade Jim has continued to represent lenders and developers, including a developer of large retail projects. Since the opening of the firm’s Boston office, he has had the opportunity to work on several transactions relating to Massachusetts real estate. He has also handled transactions involving large tracts of Maine timberlands and several energy related transactions including purchases and sales of hydroelectric facilities and financing and leases for wind power projects.




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Biography

Jim Palmer has practiced commercial real estate law for 30 years and over that time he has experience in handling a wide variety of transactions. He started his career in the real estate department at Goodwin Procter in Boston and during the 1980s he represented lenders in commercial lending, handled a variety of lease negotiations and represented developers of various types of projects, including office buildings and hotels.

During the early 1990s Jim gained experience with loan restructuring transactions and later did a lot of work for a large bank’s national real estate lending group based in Atlanta. The transactions for that client were secured and unsecured lines of credit and term loans to REITs and other large real estate companies.

Over the past decade Jim has continued to represent lenders and developers, including a developer of large retail projects. Since the opening of the firm’s Boston office, he has had the opportunity to work on several transactions relating to Massachusetts real estate. He has also handled transactions involving large tracts of Maine timberlands and several energy related transactions including purchases and sales of hydroelectric facilities and financing and leases for wind power projects.

Jim and his family are enthusiastic sailors. For years they have cruised on their boat Morning Star along the coast of Maine. Jim’s wife, Leigh, was the first female commodore of the Portland Yacht Club where their three children have learned to race small sailboats. The family’s passion for the sport has led to successful college sailing careers by daughter Libby (MIT ’09) and son Alan (Harvard ’11).

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businessunder
Real Estate
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Real Estate Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under Real
Estate

Highlights

Every now and again something will pop up that will make my partner and I say, “That’s great - we wouldn’t have even thought of that.” Jim Palmer is a very good, creative law attorney.
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Experience

Corporate Affiliation Transaction
To increase its competitiveness in a changing health care market, a leading Massachusetts academic medical center sought to build a more integrated health care network. The acquisition of another area hospital was a complex, multi-disciplinary effort spanning seven months.
Evergreen Gen Lead: Easement Negotiation and Project Agreements
We represented First Wind subsidiary, Evergreen Gen Lead, LLC in negotiating easements and related project agreements. Service as local real estate counsel.
Evergreen Wind Power III: Lease and Easement Negotiations
We represented First Wind subsidiary, Evergreen Wind Power III, LLC in lease and easement negotiations and related project agreements. We also served as local real estate counsel for financings.
Evergreen Wind Power V and Stetson Wind II: Lease Negotiations and Project Agreements
We represented First Wind subsidiaries in lease negotiations and related project agreements. We also served as local real estate counsel.
Fast Action Leads to Successful Closing
A fast-growing supply chain services and logistics company called on Verrill Dana’s experienced attorneys when they needed to act fast to acquire multiple US and Canadian companies that became available due to a partial divestiture by a publicly traded company.
HeadInvest: Management Buyout
Verrill Dana represented the management group in its buyout of HeadInvest from Androscoggin Savings Bank.
Legacy Supply Chain Services: Acquisition of U.S. and Canadian Subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc.
Verrill Dana served as counsel to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the buyer/borrower, in its acquisition of certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc. This deal was named the 2013 Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Sector Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.
Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.
Solar Energy: Acquisition of Grid-Scale Project in Brunswick, Maine
Verrill Dana represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a newly built 2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine.
Verrill Dana Team Facilitates Completion of Largest Solar Farm in Maine as of Its In-Service Date
When Madison Electric Works, a publicly owned electric utility, sought to add more solar-generated electricity to its consumers, they called on Verrill Dana to help. The result? A 4.8 megawatt solar energy farm that is more than double the size of the next closest solar project in the State of Maine.

News

March 10, 2014
Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 2, 2014
Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

May 29, 2013
Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

June 7, 2012
Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

June 7, 2007
Boston, Portland Offices Work Together on Behalf of New Financial Services Client
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palme

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Lending
  • Higher Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4508  Phone
(207) 253-4509  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/jpalmer
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., summa cum laude, 1981
Year of First admission:
1981
Admission:
1981, Massachusetts; 1983, Maine
ISLN:
904614723

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