Robert E. James, II
Golden Holley James LLP (Atlanta)
Robert E. James, II (licensed in Georgia and New York), Partner, Golden Holley James LLP, is experienced in municipal finance, general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and governmental relations. He has represented issuers, borrowers and underwriters in connection with multiple bond transactions that have provided financing for major health care facilities, professional sports arenas and affordable housing projects. James has also provided legal counsel to various business and government clients in connection with acquisitions, development of strategic alliances, creation of public-private partnerships, and other transactions.
Mr. James was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2010 and has led the firm's successful efforts to grow in the New York market. Under his leadership, the firm has been named Co-Bond Counsel to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation and the New York Housing Finance Agency.
James earned the Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1995. He was a recipient of the Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarship from the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and was elected President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association. James earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1992. At Howard, he was named Harry S. Truman Scholar from Georgia and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
James was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1995 and worked as an associate in the Atlanta firm of Troutman Sanders from 1995 to 2000, where he specialized in government-business transactions. While at Troutman Sanders, his list of clients included Georgia Power Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Carson Products Company, U.S. Filter Corporation, Turner Broadcasting System, Fulco Hospital Authority and other well-known local, regional and national institutions.
In 2000, James became General Counsel of Diversiplex, Inc., a consulting firm that helped Fortune 500 companies and government agencies meet critical challenges in the areas of vendor information management and supplier diversity. The firm maintained offices in Atlanta, Savannah and New Orleans, Louisiana. Its list of customers included Chatham County, Georgia, for which James developed a new MWBE Program, policies and procedures.
In 2004, James founded Coastal Legacy Group, LLC, a real estate development and consulting company that focuses on bringing sustainable development that will provide needed goods and services, as well as employment and small business opportunities, to underserved communities. The firm's signature project to date is Carver Commons, a $5 million commercial development that brought a full-service grocer and new bank headquarters to a distressed Savannah community.