James M. Heffner

Principal


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AREAS OF PRACTICE


EDUCATION

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law (2005), Academic Excellence Award—Land Use Control, Civil Practice
  • B.A., with honors, University of Missouri-Columbia (2002), University of Missouri-Columbia Excellence Award, Dean’s List, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Tom Berenger Award for Academic Excellence, Delta Upsilon
  • German Proficiency Certificate, Universität Tuebingen (2002)
  • Certificate Program in Economic Development: Saint Louis University, Urban Land Institute, St. Louis County Economic Council, St. Louis Development Council

ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Saint Louis University School of Law Alumni Association
  • University of Missouri-Columbia Alumni Association
  • Missouri Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Advisory Board
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI) Heartland Chapter
  • Risk Management Association (RMA)

RECOGNITION

  • Graduate of Leadership Clayton (2009)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, Corporate Achievers Leadership Award
  • Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013
  • 2015 & 2016 “Best M&A Providers” honoree, Small Business Monthly

JAMES’ BLOG POSTS

JAMES’ BIO


James Heffner is a principal with the firm’s transactional practice group, concentrating on banking and finance, corporate, and real estate law.

Real Estate. Representing lenders, contractors, developers, homeowner/condo associations, landlords, and tenants, James handles matters relating to the purchase, sale, financing, and leasing of properties. James represents lenders, investors, and developers in a variety of tax incentives programs including the use of state historic rehabilitation credits.

Banking and Finance. James routinely advises and supports banks regarding all types of lending activities including real estate, construction, asset-based and cash flow loans, agri-business, commercial mortgage loans for portfolio lenders, tax-incentived projects, and equipment. His legal experience in the financial service industry involves securitization of receivables, re-collateralizing issues, restructuring, workouts, and commercial foreclosures.

Corporate. James drafts, negotiates, and closes a variety of transactions including: mergers, asset purchases, stock purchases, and stock redemptions. He supports business owners in entity structuring, shareholder agreements or disputes, and general corporate governance.

James was named to the 2015 and 2016 Best Mergers & Acquisitions Providers lists by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, honoring the best advisors for business owners in the St. Louis metro area. He was also selected as a 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication.


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Author (a sampling):

Co-author:

  • “The Future of Application Service Providers,” American Bar Association
  • “Cyber Space for Rent,” St. Louis Small Business Monthly

Speaker (a sampling):

  • “Real Estate Financing”
  • “Bank Workouts and Foreclosures”
  • 11th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar, co-presenter, Sterling Education Services, July 2012

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center Development former board member
  • Webster Groves Board of Adjustment, former board member

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