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James A. Skochdopole

Jim Skochdopole has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and closing a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, and start-ups.  Jim’s practice regularly involves negotiation and drafting a wide variety of commercial arrangements, including partnership and LLC agreements, service, supply, vendor and customer contracts, employment-related agreements and compensation plans.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Lawrence University, 1983


  • State Bar of Texas

Related Industries

Industries Represented
  • Finance (e.g., private equity, auto loans, leveraged leasing)
  • Manufacturing (e.g., HVAC equipment, medical devices, apparel)
  • Technology (e.g., software development, software as service, medical practice management)
  • Telecommunications (e.g., television stations, telephone services, transmission towers)
  • Business services (e.g., consulting, fulfillment, contractor management)
Representative Matters
  • Represented a group of investors in its simultaneous acquisition of two complementary manufacturing companies
  • Representing a telecommunications holding company in a recapitalization involving retirement of existing equity, subscription for new equity and refinancing of debt facilities
  • Representing a management group in various recapitalizations and sales of a finance company involving several national and international banks
  • Representing a privately held communications company in a merger with a publicly traded purchaser
  • Representing a privately held manufacturing company in a stock sale, followed by redemption of subordinated debentures and refinancing of bank facility
  • Representing a multinational bank subsidiary in purchasing and servicing automobile loan portfolios
  • Representing a private equity portfolio company in the acquisition of a charitable consulting services business
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 - 2020
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers®, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2019
  • AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
Activities & Memberships
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Foundation