James is a partner in Arent Fox’s Corporate & Securities practice and member of the firm’s Fashion & Retail and Sports industry groups where he focuses on M&A, corporate finance, formation, and governance for consumer brands and private equity. With more than 20 years of experience (10 as an operator and global executive), he brings an unparalleled depth of industry knowledge. James is also a member of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Businesses and Group.
In addition to his legal work, James has extensive experience managing financial and strategic crises for brands ranging from startups to global household names and he routinely acts as personal strategic counsel to CEOs, fund managers, and LPs.
James joined Arent Fox from TRAUB, one of the world’s pre-eminent fashion/retail-focused management consulting firms where he served as Managing Director. Prior to that he spent 10 years as CEO of global fashion brands in the US and Japan. Before crossing over to the business side, James was a corporate law partner and chaired the Fashion and Luxury Brand practice group of a national firm.
Life Beyond the Law
James is an avid competitive gamer (in spirit, at least), a failed yogi (but still trying), and a devourer of ancient history and science fiction.