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A tax partner in Plante Moran's National Tax Office, James assists businesses and their owners and managers with structuring and implementing sophisticated tax strategies for the purchase, sale, and operation of their businesses. He is known for his ability to provide effective solutions to complex tax situations that balance his clients’ desires for tax efficiency with their need for operational effectiveness. 

James has more than 30 years of extensive experience working with businesses, both public and private, in matters including: 


  • Entity selection 
  • Organizational and operations planning
  • Estate, financial, and succession planning
  • Merger and acquisition structuring, negotiation and documentation
  • Capital finance and venture capital planning 


James specializes in domestic, federal tax planning that focuses on the full life cycle of private businesses and their owners, from properly structuring the organization for tax-efficient operations to capitalizing or acquiring an enterprise to developing and implementing exit strategies. More recently, he’s advised both buy-side and sell-side clients in connection with the evaluation, structuring, negotiation and closing of business mergers and acquisitions aimed at maximizing post-closing value and minimizing transaction-related tax exposures. 


James received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Vanderbilt University, School of Law.

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