Jim Dodrill has been working on corporate and securities transactions for his entire professional career.
Jim graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a B.A. in Psychology. From 1988 through 1990 he worked as a corporate legal assistant in the mergers and acquisitions department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. While there he assisted with some of the largest M&A transactions the firm ever recorded. Jim left Davis Polk after two years and attended the University of Miami School of Law, with a focus on corporate, finance and securities law. Jim received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1993. Jim started his legal career doing securities and general corporate transactional work in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Latham is one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the world. While there, Jim’s practice emphasized securities and general corporate law. Representative transactions included public and private offerings of common stock, preferred stock and high yield debt (representing both issuers and underwriters), asset and stock purchase transactions, as well as drafting proxy statements, annual reports, 1933 and 1934 Act filings and general corporate contracts.
In 1996 Jim left Latham and co-founded a company that designs and markets golf equipment, apparel and accessories, serving as President and General Counsel. While serving as such, the company successfully completed multiple rounds of private financing, achieved sales throughout the US and ultimately consummated an underwritten IPO. Through the process of taking his own company public, Jim learned that the experience smaller companies go through in these types of transactions is very different from that of larger companies – and often times not in a good way. Jim decided that he wanted to try and change this and subsequent to the IPO, he phased himself out of the company, resigning in early 2000 to start James Dodrill, P.A., a firm focusing on corporate and securities transactional law with smaller companies and startups, which he still manages today.
Jim’s clients are located all across the US and world. In 2008, Jim’s firm was ranked as #8 in the United States in the number of PIPE (private investment in public equities) transactions consummated as investor’s counsel. Jim has been married since 2000 and is the proud father of two children, ages 17 and 14. He is an active participant in his South Florida community, coaching basketball and baseball teams and volunteering in charitable organizations, as well as at his children’s school.