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"Focusing on the issues and identifying risks is important. But at the end of the day, clients want to know that their deal is going to get done."

Jim's more than three decades of service to the real estate and financing communities has given him an extraordinary grasp of every area of law that affects transactions. His breadth of knowledge is more than a match for the most sophisticated matters our clients require, whether they involve complex project development transactions or securitized public utility financings. 

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Jim's more than three decades of service to the real estate and financing communities has given him an extraordinary grasp of every area of law that affects transactions. His breadth of knowledge is more than a match for the most sophisticated matters our clients require, whether they involve complex project development transactions or securitized public utility financings. 

When it comes to helping clients achieve strategic goals, Jim is tirelessly focused on making deals happen. From preliminary brainstorming sessions until well after deals close, he helps ensure  that strategies make sense in the context of the company's business decisions, future objectives, competitors' actions and market trends. Business owners and developers, as well as city, state and foreign governments depend on Jim's unique blend of pragmatism and big-picture perspective in:

  • Asset sales and acquisitions
  • Commercial loans
  • Construction and project finance development
  • Lease and utility securitization financings
  • Real estate transactions.

Lenders and borrowers involved in oil and gas, real estate and construction financing also turn to Jim to help smooth the way for major purchase, lease, and project development and financing agreements.

Experience

  • Wrote the Louisiana legislation that enabled utilities to access securitization financings of $687 million, $278 million, $244 million, $468 million, $98 million and $180 million for hurricane costs repairs and $200 million for utility cancelled project costs.
  • Negotiated a 20-year lease development contract for a foreign shipper tenant of a 415-acre container terminal inside the Port of Long Beach, CA.
  • Represented the purchaser of a $305 million electric generation facility in Louisiana.
  • Helped the Port of New Orleans acquire the railroad that serves the port from the City of New Orleans, ensuring uninterrupted service at reasonable rates.
  • Negotiated and closed the agreement for a $200 million oil and gas borrowing base line of credit and $250 million in refinery secured loans on behalf of the lead agent bank.
  • Served as local counsel for real estate and Louisiana contract issues for the lease of Louisiana hospital service district and for the acquisition of an assisted living facility.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "Louisiana's Non-Uniform Variations in U.C.C. Chapter 9," 62 Louisiana Law Review 793 (2002)
  • Co-Author, Louisiana Commercial Financing Forms, an 1100-page compendium of forms used in all types of commercial financing transactions published by Reed-Elsevier, Inc. (1991)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Law Institute (Council member); Uniform Commercial Code Committee (Chairman and Reporter), which drafted the Louisiana versions of Revised UCC Articles 1, 7 and 9; Mortgage and Privileges/Security Devices Committee, which drafted the comprehensive restatement of the entire Mortgage Articles of the Louisiana Civil Code; Lease of Movables Committee; Unconstitutional Statutes Committee.
  • Louisiana Bank Counsel Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association (Past President, two terms), the representative body for the more than 240 attorneys providing recommendations concerning legislation and legal issues to the statewide trade organization of more than 210 banks; previously served for several years as Chairman of the Legislative Task Force of that section during the enactment of Louisiana legislation adopting UCC Article 9 (with modifications) and restating the statutes governing mortgages and foreclosure.
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Louisiana Bankers Association

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • Banking Finance Law (2006-2020), Equipment Finance Law (2007-2020), Real Estate Law (2008-2020), "Lawyer of the Year" Equipment Finance Law (2011, 2014-2015, 2019) & Real Estate Law (2013), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2007-2020)
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1983; Editor, Tulane Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Davidson College
    A.B., magna cum laude, 1980

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana

Clerkships

  • Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Walter Marcus, Louisiana State Supreme Court
  • Wrote the Louisiana legislation that enabled utilities to access securitization financings of $687 million, $278 million, $244 million, $468 million, $98 million and $180 million for hurricane costs repairs and $200 million for utility cancelled project costs.
  • Negotiated a 20-year lease development contract for a foreign shipper tenant of a 415-acre container terminal inside the Port of Long Beach, CA.
  • Represented the purchaser of a $305 million electric generation facility in Louisiana.
  • Helped the Port of New Orleans acquire the railroad that serves the port from the City of New Orleans, ensuring uninterrupted service at reasonable rates.
  • Negotiated and closed the agreement for a $200 million oil and gas borrowing base line of credit and $250 million in refinery secured loans on behalf of the lead agent bank.
  • Served as local counsel for real estate and Louisiana contract issues for the lease of Louisiana hospital service district and for the acquisition of an assisted living facility.
Publications
  • Author, "Louisiana's Non-Uniform Variations in U.C.C. Chapter 9," 62 Louisiana Law Review 793 (2002)
  • Co-Author, Louisiana Commercial Financing Forms, an 1100-page compendium of forms used in all types of commercial financing transactions published by Reed-Elsevier, Inc. (1991)
Speaking Engagements
News
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Law Institute (Council member); Uniform Commercial Code Committee (Chairman and Reporter), which drafted the Louisiana versions of Revised UCC Articles 1, 7 and 9; Mortgage and Privileges/Security Devices Committee, which drafted the comprehensive restatement of the entire Mortgage Articles of the Louisiana Civil Code; Lease of Movables Committee; Unconstitutional Statutes Committee.
  • Louisiana Bank Counsel Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association (Past President, two terms), the representative body for the more than 240 attorneys providing recommendations concerning legislation and legal issues to the statewide trade organization of more than 210 banks; previously served for several years as Chairman of the Legislative Task Force of that section during the enactment of Louisiana legislation adopting UCC Article 9 (with modifications) and restating the statutes governing mortgages and foreclosure.
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • Banking Finance Law (2006-2020), Equipment Finance Law (2007-2020), Real Estate Law (2008-2020), "Lawyer of the Year" Equipment Finance Law (2011, 2014-2015, 2019) & Real Estate Law (2013), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2007-2020)
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine