James P. Dougherty

James Dougherty advises companies on transactional matters, including takeovers (hostile and negotiated), takeover defense, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, and hedge fund activism. He serves as Administrative Partner for the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.

James has worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions representing acquirors, targets, and special committees, including Goodrich Corporation in its acquisition by United Technologies; The Lubrizol Corporation in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway; Cliffs Natural Resources in its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson; the special committee of Hawk Corporation in connection with its sale to the Carlisle Companies; the special committee of EXCO Resources in connection with a proposed management buyout; Nationwide Mutual in its acquisition of Nationwide Financial Services in a going private transaction; and multiple transactions for OM Group, including the acquisition of VAC of Germany.

Other companies with which James has worked on substantial matters include: A. Schulman, Developers Diversified Realty, Diebold, Goldman Sachs, Harris Corporation, Lincoln Electric, Molycorp, Nordson, Olympic Steel, Park-Ohio, PolyOne, Sherwin-Williams, STERIS, and Timken. He also regularly advises investment banking firms as financial advisors on a variety of transactions.

He recently received a "40 Under 40 Recognition Award" from The M&A Advisor and was named by Law360 as a 2013 "Rising Star" in Mergers and Acquisitions.

James was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998, where he was managing editor of the law review. He joined Jones Day in 2004 and became a partner in 2008.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Corporate, 2) Mergers and Acquisitions and 3) Corporate Governance
Law School UCLA School of Law
Admitted Year 1999
Education State University of New York, Geneseo (B.A., 1995)
Bar Member / Association New York and Ohio
Most recent firm Jones Day
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