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, sellers, and special committees. Representative transactions include Marathon Petroleum's acquisition of Andeavor; Goodrich Corporation in its sale to United Technologies; USG in its sale to Knauf; Parker Hannifin in its acquisition of Clarcor; The Lubrizol Corporation in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway; Cintas in its acquisition of G&K Services; and Exelis in its acquisition by Harris Corporation. James also has extensive experience with corporate carve-outs, going-private, and spin-off transactions.
Other companies with which James has worked on substantial M&A transactions include: Asbury Automotive, Cleveland-Cliffs, Cooper Tire, Diebold, Greystar, LendingTree, Nordson, Olympic Steel, OM Group, Site Centers, STERIS, and Timken.
James regularly advises boards of directors and management in connection with activism campaigns, proxy fights, and other shareholder engagement matters. He has helped clients respond to activist situations involving Carl Icahn, JANA Partners, Elliott Management, Impactive Capital, D.E. Shaw, Barington Capital, and Engine Capital, among others.
James was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined Jones Day in 2004 and became a partner in 2008.
Recent Developments in Shareholder Derivative Litigation Concerning Diversity in Corporate Leadership
- 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 (2015-2020)
Best Lawyers in America — M&A (2014-2021)
BTI Client Service All-Star (2015, 2016)
The Legal 500 US — M&A (2017-2020)
"Rising Star" in Mergers & Acquisitions, Law360 (2013)
40 Under 40 Recognition Award recipient — The M&A Advisor