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James N. Greene III

Board of Directors of the Firm
Charlotte | 704.335.9896
Fax | 704.334.4706

Jimmy Greene has more than 17 years of experience advising clients in various types of tax matters and transactions, including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. He also has substantial experience representing clients in federal and state tax controversies and audits. Jimmy began his career in the early 1990s with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and has maintained his license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners since 1995.

In addition, Jimmy serves as outside tax and business counsel to a number of publicly traded and large privately held companies. In particular, he regularly advises companies on tax positions under the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Interpretation No. 48 (FIN 48). He has also counseled foreign clients on the U.S. tax implications surrounding U.S. investments.

Representative Experience

  • Served as tax counsel to a publicly traded international industrial company for multiple federal and state tax opinions and FIN 48 advice.
  • Served as U.S. tax counsel to publicly traded German manufacturing and service conglomerate and its U.S. subsidiary in multiple acquisition and disposition transactions. 
  • Served as counsel to multiple real estate developers and investors in joint ventures involving commercial, mixed-use, industrial, and multifamily properties with an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion.
  • Served as tax counsel to Fortune 500 automobile dealer for federal and state tax advice, including providing tax opinions for multiple restructurings transactions.
  • Represented one of the largest U.S. commercial truck tire distributor and retread companies in a leveraged management buyout and subsequent financing and acquisition transactions.
  • Represented a regional hotel management company in more than $100 million in acquisition, development, and financing transactions, including a historic hotel in South Beach (Miami, Florida) and a mixed-use property in downtown Charlotte that included residential, commercial, and hospitality uses.
  • Represented a national development company as joint venture and tax counsel in more than 20 private equity, pension fund, and real estate investment trust (REIT) transactions involving multifamily properties/developments valued in excess of $500 million.
  • Served as tax counsel in the implementation of an Internal Revenue Code 1031 like-kind exchange program for a national rental company's rental fleet.
  • Negotiated multiple joint ventures and M&A transactions and served as outside general counsel to a North Carolina-based tobacco company.
  • Represented a foreign publicly traded retailer in an IRS controversy involving cross-border transactions with more than $100 million in dispute.
  • Represented a publicly traded retailer in more than 25 joint ventures involving investments with an aggregate value in excess of $300 million, and in the disposition of its interests in several joint ventures.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Tax Law, 2009-2019; Business Organizations (including LLCs & Partnerships), 2017-2019
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011-2019; Rising Star, 2009-2010
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s "Legal Elite" in Tax & Estate Planning, 2007-2013, 2016; Young Guns, 2007
  • Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished™ in Federal Income Tax; Limited Liability Companies; Partnership Taxation; Like Kind Exchanges; Low Income Housing Tax Credits; Hotel and Resort Development


  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, 2008-present
  • Matthews Free Health Clinic, Board of Directors, 2008-2013
  • Speedway Children's Charities, Officer