Dennis James Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Dennis James

Dennis James

Attorney at Law

Austin
Texas
Licensed in
TX
SMU Dedman
School of Law
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About
Dennis is passionate about his clients' business success. He focuses on formation, private financings, M&A, commercial agreements, governance, and technology licensing.

Formerly partner in large Dallas law firm; two years in Tokyo law firm; then General Counsel, C-level, and board member of startup/early stage companies ranging from $1 million to $1 billion in capital. His desire and ability to understand the client’s business model adds value.

After graduating from SMU (J.D., MBA, law review editor) and Indiana University (Finance), Dennis lived in Dallas, Tokyo, Paris, Seattle, and Scottsdale. He currently lives in Austin, from
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"As counsel for the Bill Gates controlled company that purchased our prior technology company, Dennis’ creative approach helped overcome some significant obstacles to the transaction. Many lawyers simply reduce the value of a transaction by their fees. Dennis is a value add. Bob, CEO of technology company, Denver."

Telesphere Acquisition of Unity BN
Posted on Nov 14, 2016
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"We needed to close funding quickly on several occasions -- both convertible debt and equity rounds. Dennis prepared the documents on a tight deadline and helped us close the financings. It was clear he understood the importance of time and cost to a small business. Jeff, CEO of computerized design and fabrication company."

Financing
Posted on Oct 28, 2016

Work History

James Law Firm

Founder

Oct 2016 - Present

Corporate law practice specializing in startups/early stage and mid-market companies. Private financings; M&A; commercial transactions and agreements; technology licensing; corporate legal generalist. Efficient and results-oriented high value work based on years of legal and business experience and achievement.

Oct 2016 - Present

PLEDGEWIN LLC

Co-Founder, Board Member, COO & General Counsel

Jan 2014 - Jul 2016

Crowdfunding platform for donations to universities. Co-designed the platform; structured the company and arranged the financing; oversaw website development; integrated the platform's systems.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2016

I-Frame Building Solutions

COO, Co-Manager, and General Counsel

Mar 2011 - Nov 2013

Computer controlled design and fabrication of high performance exterior commercial walls, engineered and built to specification. Helped structure and raise early stage investments. Oversaw product development, testing, and code compliance. Head of IP strategy; contributed to patented wall design. Assembled team that designed and implemented the 1st generation proprietary design/fab system.

Mar 2011 - Nov 2013

Telesphere Networks Ltd.

COO, Board Member, General Counsel, Acting CFO

Jan 2005 - Nov 2010

Hosted unified IP communications services (UCaaS) to small and medium businesses nationally. Arranged and closed VC investment that led to more than $50 million invested. Structured and closed strategic acquisition of Denver based hosted communications company with valuable core software. Co-lead of product R&D. Peformed or oversaw all internal/external legal work.

Jan 2005 - Nov 2010

Teledesic Corporation

President, Board Member, General Counsel

Aug 1998 - Jun 2004

Company founded by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates to provide global broadband communications system using low earth orbit satellites. Key member of fund raising team ($1 billion in capital raised). Helped negotiate multibillion dollar commercial agreements for satellite infrastructure. Oversaw legal work for $1 billion acquisition. Oversaw wind-down and return of significant portion of capital.

Aug 1998 - Jun 2004

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Vice President and General Counsel

Jul 1988 - Jul 1998

Ultra-luxury boutique hotel company. Negotiated profitable transactions in the United States, Europe, French Antilles, Mexico, Panama, and Saudi Arabia. Oversaw legal work in connection with hotel sale transactions that exceeded $100 million each (Hotel Bel-Air and Hotel Hana Maui). Assisted with acquisitions and strategic planning for Start Technologies (shared tenant telecom) and its sale.

Jul 1988 - Jul 1998

Johnson & Wortley

Partner

Jan 1980 - Feb 1988

Partner with successful corporate and technology practice focused on general corporate, venture capital, private equity, software development/licensing, and transnational transactions. Developed representation of major clients in connection with software licensing and development. With firm's sponsorship, worked from 1982-1984 as foreign associate at Tokyo law firm.

Jan 1980 - Feb 1988

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