About

Jim Carlisle

I am a business lawyer who has been practicing law for 26 years

I am proud to represent many significant business clients, serving as their outside general counsel, serving on boards of directors and offering my judgment based upon experience related to the important issues that such clients encounter.

Throughout the years, I have represented clients in connection with hundreds of complex domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions.

There are other outstanding business lawyers in the United States who can tell a similar story of their background.

Here are a few facts of significant distinction:

***I am a partner with one of the country’s very best law firms with approximately 700 lawyers with world class expertise.

***I am Chair of our firm’s Growth & Exit Planning Group with operations in all of our firm’s 23 domestic offices.

About

Jim Carlisle

I am a business lawyer who has been practicing law for 26 years. 

I am proud to represent many significant business clients, serving as their outside general counsel, serving on boards of directors and offering my judgment based upon experience related to the important issues that such clients encounter.

Throughout the years, I have represented clients in connection with hundreds of complex domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions.

There are other outstanding business lawyers in the United States who can tell a similar story of their background.

Here are a few facts of significant distinction:

***I am a partner with one of the country’s very best law firms with approximately 700 lawyers with world class expertise. 

***I am Chair of our firm’s Growth & Exit Planning Group with operations in all of our firm’s 23 domestic offices.

I want to engineer the best outcome.

Throughout my career, I have been focused on Growth & Exit Planning – preferring to engineer M&A transactions for the benefit of my clients – rather than waiting for the telephone to ring with clients and transactions who are simply not ready for the scrutiny of buyer due diligence and have not optimized the value of the business to permit the highest net purchase price (structured to minimize taxes).

Our team would rather take the time and apply our expertise to “stage” the business for a sale for the highest purchase price to the right buyer.

On a case-by-case basis, the right buyer may be a strategic third party buyer, a relative, all or part of the current management team, a financial third party buyer or an ESOP.

We will fully explore all potential scenarios with you so that you will make the right decision for you based upon your certain goals and objectives.

In summary, I am a business lawyer. I help clients buy, sell, and merge their businesses throughout the world. I also work with start-up businesses and emerging growth businesses. I am also a Certified Exit Planner (CExP) and I work with business owners to plan for the most significant transaction in their life — the sale of their business. Through planning, the ultimate valuation is significantly improved and a qualified inside or outside buyer can be identified.

Our objective is your objective.

Our client’s objectives become our objectives in that client project.  Most clients want to achieve success in all domains of their life and we want that for them.  We are not looking to achieve one dimensional success.

Such domains include:

  •  Relationships with family and friends.
  • Legacy in lives of people who matter to you.
  • Mental and physical health.
  • Spiritual and personal growth.
  • Passions, hobbies and interests.

When my children were young, they asked me what I did for a living.  At that time they were too young for the details.  So, I told them that I help my clients resolve their most important problems as if those problems were my problems.  That is still what I enjoy doing for clients.

I love my job.  I love helping my clients realize full value for their business that represents their lives’ work so that they can fully enjoy their desired retirement lifestyle and provide for their heirs as they desire.

 I am happily married to (and love) Erin (Madden).  We started dating at the end of high school and have lived our entire lives from that point forward together.  We have two kids – Alexa (Lexie) – age 17 and Aidan – age 14.  We also have three dogs – Nacho and Jewel (Julie) – brother and sister Yorkshire terriers – and Howie (breed and origin unknown). 

In my free time, I am involved with many forms of group exercise including basketball, yoga, Crossfit, tennis, martial arts, volleyball, running, etc.  I have completed a marathon and many half marathons. Jim coaches numerous sports teams with his children – Franklin Regional basketball, AAU basketball, hockey, and soccer.

Let’s talk about your goals!

We want long-lasting, multidimensional success for our clients.  Success in all domains improves the lives of everyone around you.  Your team enjoys a happier, fulfilled leader. Your family understands that they are the top priority in your life. 

Lastly, you have energy, creativity, and stamina to be your best at home and at work.  We help our clients sort through their long potential action item list to determine the highest priority things to get done now.  Accomplishing your most important goals and objectives will invigorate you and provide you with peace of mind and satisfaction.

Now it’s your turn.

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Yes, you really can win at work, succeed at life, and lead with confidence. All it takes is the intention and a leadership mentor to guide you. If you’ll provide the first, I’ll provide the second. Let’s get started.