James L. Carpenter, Jr.


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Jim Carpenter has represented businesses and their owners since joining the firm in 1978. As outside general counsel for numerous businesses in the Boulder Valley and beyond, his practice involves the wide range of legal issues that face those businesses over their lifespan, from business formation and financing, through contracts and other operational matters, to sale or merger transactions. He represents a wide variety of businesses, including technology-related companies in the hardware, software, and communications markets, professional services businesses such as medical practices and marketing services companies, and businesses involved in various phases of real estate. Jim also provides legal counsel on estate planning and real estate investment matters for the principals of those businesses that he represents and for other individuals.

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  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1978

    • Order of the Coif

    • Assistant Managing Editor, Stanford Law Review

  • University of Colorado, B.A. with Distinction, Mathematics, 1975

    • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship Award

Bar Admissions / Clerkships

  • Colorado, 1978

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1978

Memberships / Awards

  • American Bar Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Best Lawyers in America

    • Selected for Corporate Law and Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011 to present

    • Selected as 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Mergers and Acquisitions, Boulder Area

  • First Presbyterian Church, Boulder

  • 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, Fairview High School