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James N. Schwarz

James N. Schwarz

Jim Schwarz advises clients on business organization and transactional matters, including corporate law, financial transactions, litigation management, real estate acquisitions and divestitures, lease negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, environmental law compliance and corporate governance. A former chief legal officer who also held operational roles, he frequently serves as outside general counsel.

He helps clients form entities, structure transactions and negotiate for the acquisition of entities or their assets, and in the sale and disposition of the assets of client companies. Jim also negotiates and drafts various types of commercial contracts, including real estate leases and purchase agreements. His clients have ranged from early-stage startups to companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Jim currently works with clients in social media, international finance, geophysics, cyber security, fragrances, fast food restaurants, government contracting and real estate development.

Previously, Jim served in a number of corporate leadership roles, where he was responsible for legal matters of parent companies and their subsidiaries. He was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Steuart Petroleum Company; executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for two significant chain drug store companies.

In these roles, Jim regularly managed complex litigation, administered major mergers and acquisitions, and prepared securities documents. Additionally, he managed site selection, reviewed and negotiated leases for new store locations and negotiated sales / leaseback transactions. He also held operational responsibility for a retail division.

Affiliations & Recognition


  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated