With more than twenty years of experience in commercial real estate law and development, James Dewey provides his clients with firsthand knowledge of both the legal and business aspects of real estate transactions. His clients value the perspective that comes with his multifaceted experience, and know him to be a principled, hardworking, and thoughtful problem solver. He treats each engagement with the unique perspective it is due and understands the complexities of commercial real estate ownership and development.
James advises his clients on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, entitlement, development, construction, operation and disposition of real property, landlord and tenant matters, commercial leasing and finance. He also advises corporations, non-profits and closely held businesses on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and governance matters. In addition to his law practice, James is Chief Development Officer for Weinstein Nelson Developers and president of Latham Development, LLC, a commercial real estate development firm. He previously served as Vice President of Development for Greenville, SC-based Hughes Commercial Properties. Before joining Hughes, James spent nearly ten years as Manager and later Director of Real Estate for The Fresh Market specialty grocery chain.
He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he has served as a regular speaker and panelist on the commercial real estate industry. He is also a Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) advising private equity and institutional investors on commercial real estate matters.
Recent Representative Matters
- When a large shopping center owner was struggling to resolve a protracted dispute with an anchor tenant, I worked with them to analyze the business and legal issues and to engage the tenant to find a creative resolution, which we did.
- When a real estate investor client faced the threat of bankruptcy of a major tenant in one of their shopping centers, I advised the client in preparation for the bankruptcy and in their negotiations with the tenant, helping to find a successful result.
Outside of the Office
James lives in Greensboro with his wife Rebecca and they stay busy raising four school-aged children. When he does have personal time, James enjoys playing golf, exercising and hiking.