James Dougherty leads the Firm's M&A Practice. He advises companies on transactional matters, including takeover defense, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, shareholder activism, and corporate governance.
James has worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions representing acquirors, targets, and special committees, including Goodrich Corporation in its acquisition by United Technologies; The Lubrizol Corporation in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway; Exelis in its acquisition by Harris Corporation; the special committee of Hawk Corporation in connection with its sale to the Carlisle Companies; Nationwide Mutual in its acquisition of Nationwide Financial Services in a going private transaction; and multiple other significant transactions, including spinoffs.
Other companies with which James has worked on substantial matters include: Cintas, Cleveland-Cliffs, Developers Diversified Realty, Diebold, Greystar, Lincoln Electric, Marathon Petroleum, Nordson, Olympic Steel, OM Group, Parker Hannifin, PolyOne, Sherwin-Williams, STERIS, and Timken. He also regularly advises investment banking firms as financial advisors on a variety of transactions.
He recently received a "40 Under 40 Recognition Award" from The M&A Advisor and was named by Law360 as a 2013 "Rising Star" in Mergers & Acquisitions.
James was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined Jones Day in 2004 and became a partner in 2008.
- June 3, 2015
Global Insights: The Future of M&A
- April 8, 2015
Transaction Liability Insurance--Strategic Tools for M&A, Presented by Lazard/AON
- January 20, 2011
Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation and Hostile Takeovers: How to Prepare for the Boardroom in 2011
- September 30, 2010
2010 Transaction Update, panelist, Jones Day/Ernst & Young CPE/CLE Event
- September 20 - 23, 2010
Jones Day's Louis Rorimer and James Dougherty to Speak at NASPP Annual Conference
- July 2010
Doing Business in Greater China: A Candid Discussion of Current Issues
- September 25, 2007
Resolving Post-Closing Disputes, Jones Day
- September 2006
State of the Market-Mergers and Acquisitions Review, Cleveland Bar Association
- September 2005
SEC Hot Topics Seminar, panelist, Glasser Legalworks/RR Donnelly
- University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1998; Managing Editor, Law Review); State University of New York at Geneseo (B.A. 1995)
- New York and Ohio
Chambers USA — leader in M&A (2015-2018)
Best Lawyers in America — M&A (2014-2019)
BTI Client Service All-Star (2015, 2016)
The Legal 500 US — M&A (2014)
"Rising Star" in Mergers & Acquisitions, Law360 (2013)
40 Under 40 Recognition Award recipient — The M&A Advisor