Debra L. James is a partner and member of the Real Estate and Business and Corporate Law practices.

Ms. James’s areas of practice include real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development and construction, title work, real estate tax appeals, entity formation and structuring, business mergers and acquisitions, financing and general corporate law.

She has over 30 years of experience representing all sides of real estate and business transactions; owners, purchasers, landlords, tenants, lenders, borrowers, developers, contractors and small businesses. She has extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures, including the purchase and sale of commercial real estate for development, residential estates, middle market businesses, shopping centers, multi-unit residential complexes and industrial buildings and centers.  She also represented a national hospital chain in the divestiture of 13 skilled nursing facilities located across the United States.

In real estate transactions, Ms. James has addressed and resolved myriad title issues, and in the last two years, has resolved to her clients’ benefit several real estate tax appeals involving change of ownership reassessments.

Ms. James received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and earned her B.A. in political science and sociology, graduating With Highest Distinction, from the University of Iowa.