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Mark R. James

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Mark R. James possesses more than two decades of experience in the area of corporate law. His practice is focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, commercial and private lending and related business law matters. He assists his clients in the areas of entity selection and formation, drafting and negotiating documents and structuring and closing transactions. Mark also practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions and entertainment law.

Mark represents a wide range of clients operating in a variety of industries, including national retailers and wholesalers, big box retailers, specialty and international manufacturers, shopping center owners, property developers, healthcare entities, small and closely held businesses, and start-ups.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Corporate, Finance and Business Law Section
    • Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property Section
    • Trust and Estate Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Committee on Legal Opinions
    • Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industry 

Community/Civic Activities

  • Member, St. Owen Catholic Church


  • State Bar of Michigan, 1995
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2002
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, for the 6th Circuit, 1998


Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a global software company in its acquiring the assets of a U.S.-based data protection and storage solutions provider and its EU and UK subsidiaries.
  • Successfully represented an aerospace tool manufacturer in a stock sale to an international private equity group
  • Successfully represented a national retailer and wholesaler in a recapitalization transaction
  • Successfully represented a national big-box retailer in commercial real estate transactions
  • Successfully represented an international manufacturer in a sale of stock
  • Successfully represented a specialty food manufacturer in a refinancing transaction
  • Successfully represented an industrial parts distributor in a loan modification
  • Successfully represented a national bank in a loan transaction for purchase of commercial real estate
  • Successfully represented an alternative energy device manufacturer in a sale of stock to a Chinese company
  • Successfully represented a startup company in private placement transaction
  • Successfully represented a corporation in an acquisition of specific assets from a tier one automotive supplier
  • Successfully represented a property developer in obtaining governmental approvals for a new project
  • Successfully represented a shopping center owner in a number of transactions throughout the United States
  • Successfully represented a mono-line insurer and the largest single creditor in City of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy
  • Successfully represented a government supplier as the debtor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Successfully represented a healthcare company as the debtor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Successfully represented a manufacturing entity in a breach of contract case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Successfully represented a small business owner in litigation involving employee theft
  • Successfully represented a property manager in the recovery of possession of improved property

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  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Detroit, MI, J.D., 1995
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, B.B.A., 1992