James Burton

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Mr. Burton received Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Tulane University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and was a member and Assistant Editor of the Tulane Law Review. He has authored several articles and presented lectures in the areas of civil and appellate practice, lease and partnership. He has also been a speaker at seminars for the National Business Institute: “The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Louisiana” (1998); “Drafting and Negotiating Louisiana Commercial Real Estate Leases” (2003); The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Louisiana (2004) and for Sterling Education Services, Inc., Negotiating Commercial Leases in a Down Economy, (2009).


Mr. Burton has been engaged in the private practice of law in Louisiana since 1972, was a founding partner of SPS&R in 1979 and currently serves as head of the Appellate Practice Section of the firm. He has extensive experience in federal and state appellate and writ practice, business and tax litigation and administrative proceedings generally, including all types of lease negotiation, drafting and litigation, environmental, energy-related and state taxation. He has practiced in federal and state courts throughout Louisiana and before the Louisiana Departments of Environmental Quality, Wildlife & Fisheries, Natural Resources and Revenue & Taxation. He has served as appellate counsel in a wide variety of civil matters. He also is experiencedin commercial real estate and partnership transactions, and health care law.


PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Business and Tax Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Partnership Transactions


EDUCATION:

  • Tulane University School of Law — JD
  • Tulane University — BA


BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • All state and federal courts
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court


PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES:

  • Authored articles and presented lectures in the areas of civil and appellate practices, lease and partnership.
  • Sterling Education Services, Inc., Negotiating Commercial Leases in a Down Economy (2009)
  • Speaker at seminars for the National Business Institute: “The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Louisiana ” (1998) and “Drafting and Negotiating Louisiana Commercial Real Estate Leases” (2003) and "The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Louisiana" (2004)


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management, Business Law and Litigation Sections
  • Served for many years as an Adjunct Professor in the Program in Community Medicine, Tulane School of Medicine

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