Debra L. James, Partner

Hi, I’m Debra L. James

Debra L. James is a Partner of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, where she is a member of the Real Estate and Business and Corporate Law practices.  Her 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.  Ms. James has over 25 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, she has resolved to her clients’ benefit several real estate tax appeals involving change of ownership reassessments.

Ms. James is admitted to the State Bar of California, received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983, and earned her B.A. in political science and sociology, graduating With Highest Distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1979.

Ms. James is a member of the California Bar Association Business Lawyers Section.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Acquisition and Disposition
  • Leasing
  • Financing
  • Development and Construction
  • Entity Formation and Administration
  • General Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Counseling Business Clients

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1983
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1979
    With Highest Distinction
    Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Bar Association, Business Lawyers Section
  • Ervin Cohen & Jessup, Real Estate Law and Business and Corporate Departments

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