James focuses on M&A, and investment transactions for consumer brands, tech, and private equity funds, as well as structuring and negotiating blockchain, NFT, and NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deals for brands, content creators, celebrities, athletes, and pro sports teams. In addition to his legal work, he 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 is a member of the Firm's Fashion & Retail, Sports, and Venture Capital industry groups.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, James was a Managing Director and private equity operating partner at one of the nation's pre-eminent advisory firms. Before that, he spent 10 years as a CEO of a global fashion brand in both the US and Japan. Prior to crossing over to the business side, James chaired fashion practice groups at two different national law firms.
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.