Jim Sticha, chair of Stinson Leonard Street LLP’s Private Business Division, is a common-sense business attorney who helps business owners and entrepreneurs achieve their business goals while solving the legal problems that affect their businesses. Jim focuses on representing private and family businesses, offering the unique combination of business and legal advice that is required to properly guide these companies. Jim is intimately familiar with the issues that businesses commonly face. With a great deal of experience providing general counsel advice to these companies and their owners, clients rely on Jim for advice on a wide range of business and legal issues, including the purchase and sale of businesses, regulatory issues, franchise matters, shareholder relationships, contract negotiations, business and succession planning issues, business start-up matters, and litigation and dispute resolution issues. Jim’s clients span a wide range of industries, including auto and truck dealers, community banks, manufacturers and distributors, technology companies, and other entrepreneurial and start-up companies. Jim has a particular industry focus on the auto and truck industry, serving as co-chair of the firm’s auto and truck practice, along with the banking and financial services industry. Through his years of experience acting as outside general counsel and trusted advisor to many private and family businesses, Jim understands the importance and value of being able to bring in other legal and business professionals to assist clients when the need arises. Jim has built a team of professionals both inside and outside Stinson Leonard Street to assist clients with specialized legal issues and business needs. Clients often rely on Jim to bring in accountants, bankers and other consultants to assist on matters because he understands the type of outside professionals that are able to effectively assist private and family businesses on the unique issues they face. Jim spent the early part of his legal career litigating and resolving disputes for private and family businesses. As a result, he understands the emotional effects business disputes can have on closely held businesses. He also recognizes the importance of managing and effectively resolving these disputes so that clients can focus on their businesses rather than costly litigation. Clients depend on Jim to help them devise ways to avoid litigation and to practically and cost effectively resolve disputes when necessary. In situations where litigation is necessary or unavoidable, Jim understands the need to aggressively represent his clients and taps into his depth of experience working with the firm’s litigation team to navigate clients through the litigation process.
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