Jim is a member of the firm’s Business and Corporate Services Practice Team with an emphasis in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private offerings, asset based lending, project finance and franchising. He has extensive experience counseling mature and emerging closely held businesses with regard to structure, planning and succession, governance and general commercial matters.
Represented the selling shareholders of a Tier 1 supplier of intelligent components and assemblies serving the automotive infotainment connectively sector to a worldwide manufacturer of electrical and interconnect systems, specialty cables and sensors.
Represented a provider of professional architectural and engineering services in multiple acquisitions of regional firms.
Represented a manufacturer of recreational marine products in the sale of a division to a publicly-traded manufacturer and distributor of marine products.
Represented a company engaged in the development, manufacture, testing and filling of pharmaceutical products, in its sale to a pharmaceutical-focused private equity group.
Represented a regional wholesaler and distributor of convenience store products in its sale to a privately-held strategic buyer.
Represented a manufacturer of aerospace components in its sale to an industry-focused private equity group.
Represented a company engaged in metalforming in the structuring and formation of a joint venture with a subsidiary of a global diversified metals manufacturing company.
Represented an oil and gas exploration company in the acquisition of a privately-held oil and gas exploration company.
Represented numerous clients in a variety of exempt, multistate private offering transactions.
Represented numerous clients in structuring and negotiating complex commercial arrangements, including supply arrangements, financing arrangements, joint ventures and other strategic ventures.
Honors & Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow
Association for Corporate Growth, West Michigan: ACG Cup Committee; past Board member
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Michigan State Bar Foundation, GRBA Justice Foundation, fellow
State Bar of Michigan
D.A. Blodgett-St. John's Home, Capital Campaign cabinet
Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids, past Board member
Precision Metalforming Association, Board of Directors
St. Stephen Parish, Faith Formation Committee
University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids: Board of Directors; Recruiting; past president
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University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Economics,
with high distinction, 1986
- All Illinois state courts
- All Michigan state courts
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States Supreme Court